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Shem Oirere

EW Correspondent

Land-of-Opportunity

Land of Opportunity

By Shem Oirere | April 1, 2019
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Despite challenges, the future looks bright for Ghana’s VT market. Ghana, a former British colony known as Gold Coast until its independence as a nation in 1957, is one of the emerging markets in Africa characterized by long spells of political stability and an improvement in the ease of doing business, according to World Bank…

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Meeting Challenges, Making Plans

By Shem Oirere | February 1, 2019
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South Africa’s Wesant Manufacturing prioritizes training to lay groundwork for growth. As international and local vertical- transportation (VT) companies seek to improve the country’s technical and functional expertise, South Africa could soon have an increased number of trained technicians with relevant design, production, installation, service and maintenance skills. A number of lift and elevator companies…

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Finding-a-Niche

Finding a Niche

By Shem Oirere | January 1, 2019
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Kenya’s ECL positions itself for growth by focusing on maintenance and repair. As competition for new-installation contracts intensifies in the African vertical-transportation (VT) market as a result of booming construction, local VT companies are shifting their specialization to niche maintenance-and- repair work, leaving the manufacture, supply and installation of new units to the international OEMs.…

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A Tale of Two Standards

By Shem Oirere | November 1, 2018
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Your authors examine the Kenya and U.S. VT landscapes, and make the case for a uniform global standard. by John Antona and Shem Oirere, EW Correspondent In spite of there being few elevator accidents reported in Kenya, the country could be on the verge of gazetting new country-specific safety standards on the installation, operation, inspection,…

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Retail-Rising

Retail Rising

By Shem Oirere | October 1, 2018
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Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest mall aims to stand out in a growing market. The growth of shopping malls in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is gaining momentum, with the city now hosting the biggest retail complex in Sub-Saharan Africa since the Two Rivers Mall (TRM) was commissioned in early 2017. This increased opportunities for vertical- transportation (VT) companies,…

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