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Sheraton introduces new loyalty program

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Sheraton Hotel has introduced a new loyalty program dubbed the “Marriott Bonvoy” which is aimed at providing an experiential platform that enables members to travel more and experience more wherever they go.

According to Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International said “The Marriott Bonvoy marks an evolution in travel because it represents more than a loyalty program”. Adding that, “this travel program is designed to bring to life our extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 129 countries and territories, while also providing endless inspiration for members to keep traveling and pursuing their passions.”

With Marriott Bonvoy, members will have access to Marriott’s portfolio of diverse brands including the largest collection of lifestyle and luxury properties. Whether it is sun-soaked overwater bungalows at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, mountain-side resorts nestled against ski slopes like at The Westin Resort and Spa Whistler, beachfront properties hugging pristine sands like at The Ritz- Carlton, Bali, to iconic urban towers offering panoramic views like at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, or former palatial residences like The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel (Venice), Marriott Bonvoy provides members an unparalleled offering of experiences together with the opportunity to earn desirable member benefits.

Jacqueline Nalubega, the Assistant Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel further said that the guests who enroll for the bonvoy loyalty program will achieve elite membership status and will be awarded annual points depending on level of status acquired. “The more members stay and spend, the greater the reward and recognition,” said Miss Nalubega.

“Elite members can earn points on eligible spend when they are staying at our participating hotels; dining at one of our hotel restaurants even without a stay; holding qualified events including meetings, conferences, weddings and making reservations with our travel partners including airlines, car-rental companies and cruise providers.” She added.

Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments will become Marriott Bonvoy Moments, which together with Marriott Moments will feature approximately 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations available for purchase or by redeeming points. Also the members will be able to seamlessly book stays and earn and redeem points across the entire portfolio so as to achieve Elite status faster with new Elite tiers.

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Jumia listed on the New York Stock Exchange

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The New York Stock Exchange welcomes JUMIA TECHNOLOGIES AG (NYSE:JMIA) to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to highlight its IPO. CEO of Jumia Nigeria, Juliet Anammah, joined by NYSE COO John Tuttle, rings the Opening Bell®.

The New York Stock Exchange welcomes JUMIA TECHNOLOGIES AG (NYSE:JMIA) to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to highlight its IPO. CEO of Jumia Nigeria, Juliet Anammah, joined by NYSE COO John Tuttle, rings the Opening Bell®.

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Jumia Technologies AG (“Jumia”) (NYSE:JMIA), the leading pan-African e-commerce platform, has officially announced its listing on the New York Stock Exchange. This listing is the result of a team success, and all the Jumia employees across Africa rang the “ bell” at the same time in each country and in New York, this listing being the result of a team success.

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Founded in 2012, Jumia started a mission to improve the quality of everyday life in Africa, by leveraging technology to deliver innovative, convenient and affordable online services to consumers. Jumia further empowers businesses to grow, by using its platform to reach and serve consumers across the continent.

Jumia is currently active in 14 African countries with more than 81,000 active sellers transacting online with millions of consumers. The e-commerce platform directly employs more than 5,000 team members in Africa.

“This achievement has been made possible thanks to the hard work of our teams, the trust of our consumers, as well as the commitment of our sellers and partners. All stakeholders deserve credit for this milestone, and we are just at the beginning of a long and great journey. We are going to continue to focus on our mission and to work even harder to help consumers, sellers, partners and all stakeholders benefit from this technological revolution.” said Sacha Poignonnec and Jeremy Hodara, co-founders and co-chief executives.

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Fruit factory officially opens in Soroti

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Soroti Fruit Factory

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The Soroti fruit factory has officially been opened. Located in Arapai Industrial park, the fruit processing plant will provide a ready market to fruit farmers in Teso region and improve household incomes.

The project which was funded by the Government of Uganda with a contribution of UGX 20.5bn and a grant from the Government of Korea worth UGX 27.8bn, bringing the total cost of the factory to UGX 48.2bn, was commissioned by President Museveni on Saturday.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, the President advised farmers with small pieces of land against growing cash crops and instead opt for other activities like fruit farming, dairy farming, apiary, and poultry keeping which have a higher return on investment per acre.

“Cash crops should be a preserve of farmers or institutions with large tracts of land. For those with small pieces, you should go for crops or activities that offer high financial returns even when done on small scale. That is why I preached fruit farming, dairy rearing, apiary, keeping poultry, in place of coffee growing, tobbaco farming and others,” the President said in his address.

“I have studied the global market, the demand for fruits is big. The same for dairy products, fish and honey that is why I recommend these products. Therefore, let us go into fruits because they are the medicine for poverty for the ‘small people’.” He added.

The factory has a processing capacity of 6 metric tonne/hour and 2 metric tonne/ hour for oranges and mangoes respectively and will be making fruit concentrates and ready-to-drink juice.

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MTN awards Huawei ‘Supplier of the Year’ award

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MTN Awards Huawei Supplier of the Year 2018 and Best Innovation 2018By Our Reporter

MTN Group hosted its Annual Supplier Award Ceremony in Dubai late last month. Huawei, the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, shone bright, winning two awards. The company was announced as the winner of the Supplier of the Year 2018 and Best Innovation 2018 Awards.

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The Supplier of the Year Award recognises the best overall performance from a group supplier across several performance metrics such as quality, delivery and support, account performance management, innovation and meeting MTN compliance and risk requirements. While the Best Innovation Award focuses on suppliers who demonstrate and share best practice, market insights and generate the most innovative ideas and solutions.

The theme for the awards this year was centered around three key pillars: Innovation, Collaboration and Excellence. All areas where MTN has worked extensively with Huawei to ensure MTN continuously stays at the forefront of the telecoms industry, and consistently delivers the most innovative products and services to its customers.

“As a supplier with leading products and solutions and with a team of dedicated professionals, Huawei has been a part of our success for a very long time and we recognise their partnership with confidence towards a bright future,” said Mr. Dirk Karl, MTN Group Executive: Global Sourcing and Supply Chain, as he presented the awards to Huawei.

“Hand in hand, both MTN and Huawei teams have been working together and conquered numerous difficulties in the past. We look forward to continuing our collaboration and overcoming any new challenges we may face in the future,” The President of Huawei MTN Key Account Group Mr. Frank Li said.

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