Etihad Airways Introduces Tailor-Made Fares

August 24, 2015 News

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Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi official carrier has introduced flexible rickets where passengers can choose what they want and pay for only that.

“When it comes to booking a flight, not everyone has the same needs. Some guests like to travel light and on a budget, whilst others may want to make last-minute travel decisions, or carry extra baggage. ” Etihad Airways while introducing their new offering said.

From 14 September they will introduce Fare Choices, offering passengers the option to choose your ticket flexibility, baggage allowance, and many other benefits.

Passengers can select a fare with the relevant services, giving them the power to pay for what they really need.

Employers Lobbied for breastfeeding-friendly workplaces

August 7, 2015 News

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Kenya has joined the rest of the world in marking World Breastfeeding Week, which is held every year from 1st to 7th August to advocate for exclusive breastfeeding of infants.  This year’s theme – “Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make it Work!” – calls for concerted global action to enable women to combine breastfeeding and work in the workplace.

Speaking when he presided over the launch of the awareness campaign at Safaricom’s Michael Joseph Centre, Hon. James W. Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Health, urged employers to establish breastfeeding-friendly workplaces.

“Breastfeeding is vital to the growth and health of our babies and is thereby the very foundation of a healthy and productive Kenya and key to achieving our Vision 2030,” declared the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health. “The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that children feed exclusively on breast milk for the first six months of their lives, so whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered to claim her and her baby’s right to breastfeed.”

The Ministry of Health has partnered with several organisations to lead the campaign, including UNICEF, WHO, Safaricom, Kenya Women Finance Trust, National Bank, International Medical Corps and Kenya Red Cross among others

“Combining breastfeeding and work is possible. It is the responsibility of all of us to make this happen everywhere. Today, the Government joins hands with businesses and organizations, big and small, to call for dedicated time, space and support to be provided within all workplaces for breastfeeding women,” stated Mrs. Gladys Mugambi, Head of the Nutrition and Dietetics Unit, Ministry of Health ahead of the launch.

Efforts to promote exclusive breastfeeding for children younger than six months of age have resulted in remarkable gains in infant nutrition, with the number of women feeding their infants exclusively on breast milk rising from 32% in 2008 to 61% in 2014, according to the latest Kenya Demographic and Health Survey.

This year the Ministry of Health, together with partners, is working towards securing multi-dimensional support from all sectors to enable women everywhere to combine work and breastfeeding.

“Under-nutrition in children under the age of five years is a health, social and development problem that needs to be addressed through collaboration and revision of policies guiding breastfeeding in the workplace,” said Bob Collymore Safaricom CEO during the event, adding: “Safaricom has taken steps to ensure that the needs of new mothers in the workplace are met. From increasing maternity leave from the standard three months to four months, to providing facilities and benefits that allow women who return to work after their maternity leave to continue to breastfeed exclusively and thrive in the workplace.”

During World Breastfeeding Week the Ministry of Health will be raising public awareness on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, as well as launching guidelines to help employers, families and communities to support mothers to breastfeed.

Development Company Opens Warehousing Estate Sale

August 6, 2015 News

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Tilisi Developments Limited has opened sales for land parcels with ready-made infrastructure and paperwork for buyers to put up warehousing facilities, as studies show warehousing in such short supply in Kenya that the gap is curbing GDP growth, seeing as much as a third of agricultural output wasted, hurting the health system, and curbing the development of the country’s retail and manufacturing

Tilisi is one of the first developers to move to offer such a product in the country, setting aside 86 acres of its 400-acre master-planned development for warehousing and repackaging facilities and providing all the supporting infrastructure for the site along the Nairobi- Nakuru highway and less than 10 minutes away from both the Northern and Southern bypasses.

The estate is providing access roads, water and electricity supplies, ICT connections, sewage connections, matatu stops, street lighting, solid waste transfer stations, and parks and eating facilities for the warehouse staff, meaning investors only purchase the land and erect the warehousing sheds, a process the World Bank estimates can be done within months.

The move to open the way to a rapid increase in easily accessible warehousing facilities comes at a time when the National Cereals and Produce Board is able to handle less than 10 per cent of the maize produced in the country, due to a shortfall in storage capacity, according to the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Kosgey. As a result, Kenya loses up to 30 per cent of its maize harvest a year and suffers repeated maize shortages. The dairy industry is likewise prone to wastage in times of milk gluts, due to inadequate storage facilities, as is almost the entire agricultural sector, which loses:

– About 35 per cent of fish catch due to poor storage, according to Kiplagat, J, Wang R and Li,T, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review 15, 2960-2973
– $100m a year to ruined flowers due to poor storage, according to Lennane A, 2013, Loadstar, 2013
– 30 per cent of harvested mangoes on inadequate storage, according to ACET, in Pathways to Transformation, African Centre for Economic Transformation, 2012
– Two thirds of potential earnings from avocados, according to WEForum, Enabling Trade Forum Valuation to Action, 2014

The lack of sufficient,quality storage space has also had an impact on the pharmaceuticals industry, with the shortage of quality storage causing unsafe materials to be distributed, according to the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency.

“The increased growth in various sectors of Kenya’s economy and in the country’s population has not been met by a growth in the availability of quality warehousing to support and sustain them. What we are currently experiencing is demand vastly outstripping supply,” said Kavit Shah, co-CEO of Tilisi Developments Limited.

The Kenyan manufacturing industry is also poised for forth generating expanded warehousing needs, with a growth rate of 6 per cent in 2015, 6.6 per cent in 2016 and 7 per cent in 2017, forecast by the World Bank. This is expected to put further strain on existing storage facility and increase demand for quality warehousing units to adapt to market needs, with warehousing a critical element in supply chain management.

Currently, despite being a leading investment destination in Africa, Kenya trails Mauritius, Namibia and South Africa in the availability of in-demand cold storage facility, according to the most recent annual Global Cold Storage report.

In bridging the gap between supply and demand in terms of numbers and quality warehousing units, Tilisi is providing best in class infrastructure, providing an alternative to the limited supply of traditional storage spaces in the increasingly congested Nairobi.

“Many companies have no business without achieving storage space in Nairobi, but are constrained by the options available in the city, many of which do not meet their specifications. Because we understand the vital role that logistics play in development and GDP growth, we are modeling our development to facilitate their operations,” said RaneeNanji, co-CEO of Tilisi.

Strategically located in Limuru, Tilisi is investing amounts that go into the billions to support infrastructure for its master planned development, 30 minutes from Nairobi’s Central Business District.

“Our clients and potential customers recognize that the warehousing and storage market is lacking quality and number of units across many industries in Kenya. They have identified that storage facilities and being located within efficient logistics parks are now key to our national economic takeoff” said Ranee Nanji.

CBK lifts remittance provider suspension

June 26, 2015 News

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The Central Bank of Kenya has lifted the suspension on remittance provider Dahabshiil Kenya following the Kenyan government suspension of all licensed remittance providers on 7 April 2015.

The authorities have carried out a comprehensive review of Dahabshiil Kenya’s operations, policies and practices. They are satisfied that the company complies fully with the law, and operates strict anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing practices. Going forward, Dahabshiil will now benefit from access to the Kenyan Ministry of Interior’s new Integrated Population Registration Services database, which the Ministry has introduced in order to facilitate local customer due diligence. This is an industry-wide directive.

The Chief Executive Officer of Dahabshiil Group, Mr. Abdirashid Duale, said: “We are delighted to resume our services in Kenya. The Dahabshiil network operates in 126 countries, including Kenya, the UK and the USA, and we respect and comply with the laws of each and every country. Our services provide a vital lifeline for people to feed, educate and otherwise help their families and loved ones, and to run businesses, thus creating jobs. We are also pleased we can resume working with the many international organisations who use our services to support vital humanitarian and development programmes.”

Dahabshiil makes significant contributions to the Kenyan economy. It helps create hundreds of thousands of jobs, either by providing direct employment, or by enabling the transfer of investment funds, which creates more jobs, and further helps reduce poverty. Dahabshiil supports communities in the countries it serves, including Kenya. It invests 10% of its profits in humanitarian and community regeneration projects, including building schools, hospitals, and providing safe drinking water.

Kenya’s digital migration tussle

February 27, 2015 News, Tech

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The race for digital migration all across the world has caught Kenyan media stations unawares and rushing to changeover their analogue signal to digital terrestrial broadcasting.

The Kenyan Government had initially set the deadline for digital migration to December 2013. That deadline following a push by the Media Owners Association to postpone was moved to June 2014.

Come June 2014, the migration did not happen as the deadline was later pushed to February 2015. This date was well in line with the deadline set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for all African Countries to have migrated to digital broadcasting by June 2015.

The government through the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) seems determined to keep its promise but since December 2013, 3 of the most popular broadcasting stations in the country seem to only have been resting on their bellies.

Now, the country for a second week running is facing a media blackout with broadcasters such as NTV choosing to use web casts to broadcast news their news targeting some 14.8 million data and internet subscribers all across the country. Still, the government does not seem to relent on it’s decision to switch off analog signals.

Spearheaded by the ITU, the push for digital migration is aimed at improving the quality of broadcasting for consumers. The benefits only begin there since the ability of digital signals to use less bandwidth will lower the costs of broadcasting greatly and offer more quality signals. With this migration, expect to see smaller broadcasters with powerful content launch their own channels.

Meanwhile, traffic on top classified websites such as Biashara Kenya spiked following increased searches for decoders and set top boxes over the past 7 days.

Kenyan consumers are required to purchase set top boxes that would allow them to receive digital signals. However, with broadcasters not having upgraded their equipment, even those Kenyans with a set top box still remain in the dark.

For readers who want to learn more about digital migration in Kenya, the Digital Kenya website by the government will come in handy.

Be a smart buyer, avoid fraudsters

April 15, 2014 Guides, News

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Following the appearance of an article in one of the local dailies about fraudsters targeting popular classified websites, it is our duty also to send out a message of caution to our users.

The nature of classifieds is such that any person with an internet connection and with intention to sell a product or service can do so within minutes of signing up.

While classified websites including Biashara.co.ke do their best to moderate and regulate advertisements, it would be difficult to detect fraudsters whose intention is well disguised and malicious towards buyers.

For this reason, it is your role as a user or buyer subscribing to a product or service advertised to ensure that you verify the credibility of the seller before sending them any money.

Some fraudsters will even go to the extent of using force when there is a physical meeting. Ensure that you do not expose yourself to such intentions. Beware!

Daily, we take time to moderate each advertisement to ensure that the audience and target market is right. We believe in empowering businesses in Kenya with tools that can help them grow their businesses. Thus, such dubious acts are against every business ethic and will not be tolerated among platform users.

Please feel free to report any fraudulent activities by emailing us at into(at)biashara.co.ke. Jisort na Biashara.

How to Effectively Write a Classified Ad on Biashara.co.ke

Ads on Biashara.co.ke

Biashara.co.ke is a free online classifieds website that allows its registered users to advertise their products and services with the click of a few buttons.

When you create an ad on biashara.co.ke, you instantly create a unique business profile that guarantees that you could be someones next call. A call that could make a difference for your business.

While the registration and ad posting process is flawless, we have left it up to to the creativity of the seller to create an ad that will capture the attention of buyers on the website and straight from search engines such as Google. This is however not always the case. We have witnessed some few mistakes that people are making when creating their ads. Here are a few pointers that we will help your products and services easy to discover.
1. Ad Title & Keywords
The title is the voice of your ad. A title should be short and to the point. Limit the number of words to around 7 words that make up a sensible statement with strong ‘Keyword’ about your product and service. We have found it important when a seller tries to emulate a buyer and ask themselves questions. What would the buyers search for when they want a service or product like yours? How would they phrase the search? Which words would they use? Simply put, you need to know your audience or target market. Don’t forget, the title has to be appealing.

2. Description
The description or body of the ad listing is where you put all the important details about your product or service. Buyers want the finer details and expect you to address any frequently asked questions in brief about your ad listing. Other than the meta information such as the mobile number and address which you will have given during the ad admission, you can also include any other contact information in the description. You aim is to create interest and have the buyers call you up or write you an email.

3. Tags
Tags are words and keywords that are general to your advertisement. Tags can also uniquely categorize your ad to other similar ads on the platform. Ensure that you don’t leave out this part even if it is optional. If however you plan to tag your ad with a word that does not relate to product or service please don’t include it at all.

4. Image
We had the voice earlier at point number one and now we have the face of the ad. Ads that have relevant images attached to them are more likely to be viewed by users on the platform. This applies almost everywhere on the internet. On Biashara.co.ke, you are allowed up to 10 images for each listing. Don’t waste it. Say cheese and upload as much as you can.

5. Share
Wherever you have a profile, be it on your website, Facebook, Twitter or even Google+, you can share the classified ad with your friends and followers. Social media is a great way to get leads that often translate to sales. Don’t be shy, you can also forward the link on chat applications such as Whatsapp. Let people know you mean business.

This has been two minutes worth of your time. Make it count by looking following those steps. Also, keep reading everywhere to get ideas of how you can get the best out of your classified ad(s) on Biashara.co.ke.

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