The Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) announced last week that voting for this year’s Doing Business in Africa Award has officially closed. Of the four companies nominated, now only three are in the running and will present their business success story at the annual African Ambassadors’ Dinner, where the recipient of the award will be announced.
Kountable along with the other final nominees Delft Imaging Systems and JobnetAfrica were selected based on the criteria of innovation, sustainability and profitability in African markets. Each company offers a unique product or service to consumers in Africa.
Delft Imaging Systems provides diagnostic imaging devices that can run without an internet connection, helping to diagnose TB in its early stage and in remote locations. JobnetAfrica is an employment platform for both international candidates interested in working in Africa and African companies looking to recruit expat employees. Kountable is a global trade network that connects small businesses with global suppliers to help in the fulfillment of large government, NGO or corporate contracts, which improve infrastructures, local economies and access to technology.
The recipient of the Doing Business in Africa Award will be selected by popular vote from the event attendees and members of the NABC. Established in 1946, NABC is a robust organization of 350 Dutch companies of varied sizes and collaborates with both the private and public sector: the Dutch government, institutions, NGOs and African embassies. This year marks a decade of honoring outstanding companies doing business on the continent and will take place November 30, 2018 at the Rabobank Headquarters in Utrecht of the Netherlands.
Winners of the award from previous years are the following: Safi Sana (2017), FORM International (2016), Bejo Zaden (2015), Waka Waka (2014), Portside (2013), Kroftman Structures B.V. (2012), Remco Afrique (2011), Intercommerce 2010), BIG Machinery (2009).
In countries where U.S. dollars are scarce, buyers of urgently needed medical supplies and PPE are faced with the initial hurdle of the need to acquire dollars before they can even enter the highly competitive global procurement game.
Kountable, a global trade and technology platform, has formed strategic partnerships with customs agencies in both Rwanda and Kenya — first to formally join the Kountable network were CLOFFIK Ltd. and SPEDAG Interfreight of Rwanda.