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KPLC To Offer Fixed Internet Services From June 2023

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Kenya Power & Lighting Company(KPLC) has indicated plans of offering fixed internet services by June next year, a move that will see the company compete with telcos hence triggering fresh price battles in the market.

For the past few months, KPLC has been piloting the fixed internet provision to a number of its corporate customers.

This new project will be a new business line for the state-owned utility if it successfully takes off as per the plans.

Speaking at the inaugural exhibition forum bringing together Kenya Power, manufacturers and technology firms yesterday, KPLC acting Managing Director, Geoffrey Muli, said that the company will launch the project before the current financial year elapses.

With the launch, KPLC will battle out with market leader Safaricom, the Wananchi-owned Zuku and other Internet Service Providers (ISP), steering high market competition.

Currently, KPLC has been leasing fibre-optic cables attached to its transmission lines to ISPs. Its entry into the fixed internet market will be an upgrade from this current model.

“Our plan is to launch our Lit Fibre business in the course of this financial year,” said Mr Muli

 With over 7, 000 km of fibre cables that are attached to its power transmission line offering dark fibre services to the country’s and the region’s ISPs, KPLC boasts a wide network with a sea of customers.

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The company will leverage these lucrative advantages over its competitors, unlike a normal new entrant into the business.

Competition and market assessment

According to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) data, as of September last year, Safaricom is the dominant player in the fixed internet market with a market share of 37%. Wananchi-owned Zuku follows with 29.2%.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, demand for internet services and their use has grown over the past two years. The pandemic fueled online learning and remote working in a bid to suppress the spread of the disease.

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The CA says that the fixed internet market is largely unutilized. This indicates a good market gap, hence offering Kenya Power and telecoms firms a chance to grow revenues in this business sector.

In 2010, Safaricom parted with Sh421 million and secured a 20-year lease from Kenya Power for use of KPLC’s pair of fibre cables.

Similarly, KPLC penned deals with telecoms firms Wananchi Group and Jamii Telecoms, with each acquiring a five-year lease combined to a total of Sh403 million.

That revenue from selling data to its corporate customers will diversify KPLC’s income, hence helping it handle the challenges financial challenges facing the electricity division.

However, its entry into the fixed internet market will rattle the ISPs that have been riding on the Kenya Power network to sell data. The electricity distributor has a head-start in the race for rural areas in the country.

Financially embattled utility

The plans by KPLC to venture into this business comes at a time when the firm is grappling with electricity tariff cuts, a move that has hit the utility’s revenues.

In January, the government cut power tariffs by 15% in a bid to lower the burden of electricity bills to its citizens. The move is estimated to have dug a whooping Sh26 billion hole in the company’s books.

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KPLC garnered a net income of Sh3.8 billion in the six months to last December from Sh138 million a year earlier. However, the 15% tariff cut will highly affect the full-year performance for the period that ended last month.

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How KRA Earned Sh50bn From Banks, Despite Covid-19 Pandemic

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Despite the severe effects emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, Kenyan commercial banks were reporting double-digit profitability growths resulting from the global crisis, earning huge dividends for their shareholders.

It can be noted that most government institutions discouraged cash transactions in order to contain the pandemic level. This directly promoted digital transactions like mpesa and m-banking.

Besides owners, a new survey has shown that Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA) was the second best beneficiary of the supernormal profits.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report, more than a quarter of corporate taxes paid to KRA in the year to December 2021, came from banks.

Corporate taxes

On Wednesday, a report was released on behalf of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), indicating the corporate taxes paid to the KRA surpassed 22.82% to Sh50.7 billion. A year earlier, the sector’s corporation tax payment amounted to Sh41.28 billion.

Banks are among the most profitable institutions in Kenya. They are among the biggest revenue generators in a country where tax compliance among corporates is at a low level.

The taxation law requires local companies to pay 30% of their profits as corporate taxes.

A whooping Sh198.24 billion was the total corporate tax paid in Kenya last year, with banks accounting for 25.57% (Sh50.7 billion) of the amount.

“The increase in 2021 compared to 2020 was largely driven by increase in profits with the profit before tax of the banks increasing by 85.17 percent in 2021 relative to 2020,” said the report.

“The profit before a tax increase is aligned to increased economic activity in 2021 as reflected by the GDP growth which grew from a contraction of 0.3 percent in 2020 to 7.5 percent in 2021.”

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According to KRA, the banking sector includes 44 listed lenders, 7 micro financiers, 16 SACCOs, and 38 custodian banks, not forgetting international financiers and bureaus with local offices.

The study focused on both the corporate tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) that it is not able to recover (irrecoverable VAT). Also, the taxes that banks collect as an agent of government such as PAYE.

Overall, the banking industry contributed Sh129.52 billion in taxes accruing from day-to-day operations in the year under the review.

Documented filings from 38 banks which participated were relied on. This represents 97% of the market share.

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Kenya Exits Top 10 UN World Suppliers

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A new report has indicated that Kenyan businesses’ supplies to United Nations (UN) agencies dropped by 11% by last year. This has edged out the country from the top ten spot.

During the period, Kenya’s supplies reached a Sh62.4 billion value compared to the Sh70.3 billion worth of goods supplied a year earlier. A drop of Sh7.9 billion occurred.

However, the report did not give reasons for the drop.

It can be noted that last year was markedmuch affected by Covid-19 pandemic which started in 2020. The pandemic severely affected businesses both locally and globally, destabilizing operations of multinational agencies.

Short-term disruptions rose from the pandemic, provoking long-term changes in daily world operations like business and lifestyle.

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However, contrary to kenya’s supply ability, its continental brothers like Nigeria and Ethiopia experienced an increase in the supplies. Parhaps, the reason(s) for the controversy was not revealed in the report.

“Procurement from suppliers in Africa rose by $303 million overall due to increased procurement activity by WFP (World Food Programme), IOM (International Organization for Migration) and UNICEF in particular,” says the report.

“Kenya, the largest country by procurement volume in the region, experienced a $67 million (Sh7.9 billion) decrease in procurement between 2020 and 2021, while procurement from suppliers in Nigeria and Ethiopia increased by $92 million (Sh10.8 billion) and $89 million (Sh10.5 billion), respectively.”

Health, the largest procurement sector of the UN system

The largest procurement sector of the UN system remained to be Health.

The sector’s procurement nearly doubled in 2021 to 2020(from $10.6 billion (KSh1.2 trillion) to $5.5 billion(KSh649 billion) respectively.

It should be noted that the UN had increased procurement at the period, as it highly participated in the comabatment of the pandemic.

“A significant part of the increase in the sector was driven by procurement related to Covid-19 vaccines and their distribution,” said the UN whose agencies.

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Science, engineering and construction, were the second-largest sector.

In 2021, procurement in the above sectors represented 12% total UN procurement, hitting $3.5 billion (Sh413 billion.

World’s top UN suppliers

In 2021, the UN sourced goods and services from suppliers in 223 different countries and territories. This represented growth across all geographical regions.

The US maintained its top spot as the giant supplier to the UN. During the period, US supplied goods worthSh271 billion to UN.

Mexico tied the US at the top spot as it supplied goods of the same value in the period.

The UN complex in Kenya

Several UN agencies are hosted in the country, including the UN headquarters in Africa.

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The complex which lies in the capital city of the country, is the administrative centre of two main UN agencies: United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

Additionally, the centre hosts the global headquarters for two programmes — the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) among several others.

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Aliko Dangote, how a USD500,000 loan built a USD20Billion net worth June 2022

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Dangote was born in Kano, Kano State into a wealthy Hausa Muslim family. Dangote’s mother, Mariya Sanusi Dantata, was the daughter of businessman Sanusi Dantata.

Aliko Dangote’s father, Mohammed Dangote, was a business associate of Sanusi Dantata. Through his mother, Dangote is the great-grandson of Alhassan Dantata. The richest West African at the time of his death in 1955.

Dangote was educated at the Sheikh Ali Kumasi Madrasa, followed by Capital High School, Kano. In 1978, he graduated from the Government College, Birnin Kudu.

University Education and Entry into Business

He received a bachelor’s degree in business studies and administration from Al-Azhar University, Cairo.

The Dangote Group was established as a small trading firm in 1977. The same year Dangote relocated to Lagos to expand the company.

Dangote received a $500,000 loan from his uncle, to begin trading in commodities including bagged cement. As well as agricultural goods like rice and sugar.

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Dealings with the Central Bank of Nigeria

In the 1990s, he approached the Central Bank of Nigeria, with the idea that it would be cheaper for the bank to allow his transport company to manage their fleet of staff buses.

A proposal that was also approved. Today, the Dangote Group is one of the largest conglomerates in Africa.

With international operations in Benin, Ghana, Zambia and Togo. The Dangote Group has moved from being a trading company to be the largest industrial group in Nigeria.

Conglomerates in Dangote Group

It encompasses divisions like Dangote Sugar Refinery, Dangote Cement, and Dangote Flour. Dangote Group dominates the sugar market in Nigeria.

Its refinery business is the main supplier (70 percent of the market) to the country’s soft drink companies, breweries and confectioners.

The company employs more than 11,000 people in West Africa. In July 2012, Dangote approached the Nigerian Ports Authority to lease an abandoned piece of land at the Apapa Port, which was approved.

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Largest Sugar Refinery in Africa

He later built facilities for his sugar company there. It is the largest refinery in Africa and the third largest in the world, producing 800,000 tonnes of sugar annually.

The Dangote Group owns salt factories and flour mills and is a major importer of rice, fish, pasta, cement, and fertilizer.

The company exports cotton, cashew nuts, cocoa, sesame seeds, and ginger to several countries.

Other Major Investments

Additionally, it has major investments in real estate, banking, transport, textiles, oil, and gas. In February 2022, Dangote announced the completion of Peugeot assembling facility.

Which is in Nigeria and followed his partnership with Stellantis Group, the parent company of Peugeot, the Kano and Kaduna state government.

The new automobile company, Dangote Peugeot Automobiles Nigeria Limited (DPAN) factory, which is based in Kaduna, commenced operations with the roll-out of Peugeot 301, Peugeot 5008, 3008, 508 and Land Trek. “

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Networth

Dangote became Nigeria’s first billionaire in 2007. Dangote reportedly added $9.2 billion to his personal wealth in 2013, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Making him the thirtieth-richest person in the world at the time, and the richest person in Africa. In 2015, the HSBC leaks revealed that Dangote was a HSBC client.

And that he had assets in a tax haven in the British Virgin Islands. As of June 2022, Dangote is the wealthiest person in Africa, with an estimated net worth of US$20 billion.

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