An opportunity for Africa start-ups to partner with Siemens

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An opportunity for Africa start-ups to partner with Siemens

9 May 2017,

Siemens is at it again, to create another Siemens by supporting start-ups within the company. Next47.

It is a start-up by Siemens to create other start-ups with the focus on fields such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and others.

At Next47 the plan is to work with emerging innovations and combine them with the unparalleled advantages of Siemens to create future businesses.

Next47 provides promising new companies with access to global markets and customers in more than 200 countries, cross-industry networking opportunities and the expertise of experienced Siemens specialists.

In addition, entrepreneurs have access to: deep vertical know-how, fast prototyping, access to real data to test your algorithms, real use cases and global access to Siemens customers. Plus the network of more than 200 manufacturing facilities around the world is ready for entrepreneurs.

The start-up is creating the optimal collaborative environment to turn great ideas into viable businesses. The dedicated team of experts forms a bridge between the start-up world and the Siemens ecosystem. On one side, high levels of flexibility and independence. On the other side, a strong customer base, stability and financial strength.

The same approaches used by Werner von Siemens to build his company more than 170 years ago are now applied by Next47 to build the next big thing. Every breakthrough idea is unique. So every Next47 partnership is unique, too. As the venture capitalist, coach and adviser, the start-up has the flexibility to form smart collaborations that lead to mutual success.

The start-up is focused on technologies that will make an impact in the future such as:

Artificial intelligence;

Autonomous machines;

Blockchain application;

Connected mobility; and

Distributed electrification.

These technologies are viewed as innovation fields that will become key drivers on the way to next-generation intelligence.

 This is an opportunity for start-ups in the African continent to partner with an established organisation to make an impact globally.


Contact Siemens for information.




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PVoC (Pre-Export Verification of Conformity) for Exports to Uganda

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Exporting to Uganda? You now require a Certificate of Conformity for products regulated under the Uganda Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme (PVoC).

To assure its consumers of the quality and safety of imported goods, the Government of Uganda through the Uganda National Bureau of Standards has re-instated from3rd December 2012 a series of guidelines known as a Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme (PVoC).

The PVoC verifies the conformity of all regulated products and enforces their standards. Compliance to PVoC requirements are applicable in addition to any existing import processes. Every consignment of regulated products exported to Uganda require a Certificate of Conformity.

Intertek is authorised by the Government of Uganda to issue the Certificates of Conformity. 

UNBS Responsibilities

Importer and Exporter Responsibilities

Routes of Certification

 to see how Intertek can help your organization with PVoC (Pre-Export Verification of Conformity) for Exports to Uganda.

CECOSA is geared for export growth in SA

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Many local manufacturers are looking at export opportunities for their businesses, but just don’t know where to start in terms of country-specific regulations and trade agreements, customs and excise rates and tariffs, potential exhibitions, promotions and the like. This was the very reason why the Cosmetic Export Council of South Africa (CECOSA) was established as the voice on all opportunities regarding exports, making the process of exporting easier and simpler.

As an independent, non-profit organisation its role is to facilitate and help local companies to expand their business through looking for new export opportunities within global markets. Working in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), CECOSA’s key objectives is to strengthen industry growth within the cosmetic sector, increase export growth for its members, and encourage enterprise development of the smaller entrepreneurial manufacturers who are export readythrough guidance and mentoring.

CECOSA comes to life

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After 4 years of inactivity the Cosmetic Export Council has been reactivated in the form of CECOSA, under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). The Cosmetic Export Council Manager is Adéle Visser.

Export Councils are Public-Private-Partnerships with the dti, and are Section 21 (non-profit) company’s that represent the developmental and promotional objectives of a particular industry/industries on a national level.

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) offers financial assistance to South African registered companies for activities aimed at developing export markets for South Africa. An example of the type of activity the dti promotes, is to provide funding to companies in order to showcase export-ready products at international exhibitions.

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