Signing - Equity Bank, IIA, SourceDogg.
November 15, 2019

Invest In Africa and Sourcedogg Sign Partnership Introducing Ethical and Transparent Procurement Solution In Kenya.

Nairobi, Kenya: Invest in Africa Kenya (IIA-Kenya) and SourceDogg today publicly signed a partnership agreement to introduce the Sourcedogg procurement solution in Kenya through IIA-Kenya’s online platform, Biashara.Now. The partnership sees Invest in Africa receiving the exclusive licensing rights to the Sourcedogg software in Kenya. The agreement was signed by Wangechi Muriuki, IIA-Kenya Country Director, and Alan Phelan, Sourcedogg MD, at the tail end of the Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission. The procurement software is the backbone of IIA-Kenya’s e-procurement solution on its Biashara.Now platform.

 

The signing was witnessed by the Irish Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, TD, who is in Africa for a trade mission accompanied by representatives of 42 Irish companies. The trade delegation was led by Enterprise Ireland, a government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets, and is in the country to scout opportunities for setting up business and exporting in order to expand their reach globally.

 

The occasion also celebrated the partnership of one of IIA’s partners, Equity Bank, that is celebrating 35 years, who also signed their partnership agreement with IIA in support of growing SMEs through the Biashara.Now. The bank was represented by the Director of Operations, Alan Waititu, who signed on behalf of the bank and its MD and CEO, James Mwangi.

 

The two-day Trade Mission was marked by sessions for different sectors including Agri-tech, Education, Construction, and Innovation, where different companies from Kenya were invited to network with the Irish companies. IIA was privileged to be able to invite some of its SMEs to the different themed forums according to their respective sectors. Over 20 SMEs from the platform were able to attend the sessions and network with different Irish companies.

 

While he was in Kenya, Alan and Wangechi were able to secure several meetings with different companies who expressed interest in the data collection and knowledge management solutions as well as the e-procurement component offered by the platform. Some of the companies that were visited include Bechtel and Tullow Oil.

 

Invest in Africa – Kenya was also privileged to host Alan Phelan at their offices, where he took the team through a paradigm-shifting way of looking at the opportunities available to the organization through the platform from different projects. He described some of the data collection projects that they were carrying out in the United Kingdom to help their clients prepare for their projects, and highlighted some of the opportunities that might be available to Invest in Africa in Kenya and Africa. He promised to help IIA set up some of the data collection tools on the platform so that they could start rolling it out. This marked the conclusion of his visit and possibly the start of an extraordinary journey for IIA being the consultant of choice for project supplier knowledge management in Kenya.