Auto tech startup, Autochek, which is aiming to build solutions for the African Market, has announced its expansion into Ghana’s capital, Accra. This move is to support the delivery of technology in one of the continent’s advanced auto markets.
Now, lovers of automobiles in Ghana should be able to purchase cars and access car loans via their Authochek mobile app on Googleplay with the iOS version in development, and on their website as well. All cars listed are said to have gone through 150-point inspection process.
Autocheck says it has brought onto its platform auto dealers and auto workshops who are able to rely on consistent leads that have been filtered to validate theirs interests.
Car owners are rest assured that they can also book maintenance or car repairs either in the app or on their website. The startup is doing well doing to build an ecosystem of solutions thatit hopes to provide an unrivalled customer experience.
According to the CEO and Co-Founder of Autochek, Etop Ikpe,
“We are excited to be in Ghana and to be part of the ecosystem. The government is doing a lot of great work to support the automotive industry but there is also a need to make sure that vehicles meet a certain standard before they are bought or sold locally. This is where we hope to bring our expertise to create an effective and efficient marketplace for everybody.”
He went on to say that they have observe an increase in demand for technology enabled solutions as businesses and individuals respond to the COVID-19 global crisis and the uexhausting dificulties that it has come with.
For them, the technology enabled approach will enable a better customer experience and facilitate transparency and ease of doing business, which will in turn result in an increase in transactions and more efficient business operations.
On her part, Yvonne Ahlie, Aucochek’s Head of Business Operations in Ghana, mentioned that,
The automotive industry in Ghana is one of the most advanced in Africa but there is still some work to be done, especially with regards to the day to day experience for consumers, dealers and workshops.
Observing that, the fragmentation of the market tells that most players are operating in silos and are not able to see the full advantage of what the market has to offer.
Yvonne continued saying, there was also a dearth of comprehensive data that dealers and workshops who get onboard with Autochek can use to underpin business decisions and this they are certain is impacting their performance. Autochek sets itself apart in this manner by applying both data and technology to transform the automotive transaction ecosystem and also enabling excellence across the value chain.
Autochek hopefully by the end of 2022, aims to partner with more than 500 dealers and workshops on its platform across various cities in Ghana, thereby making it much easier for in the country to access the automotive services they need.
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Womenpreneur Digital Hub to Promote Digital Skills & More for MENA Women
The Entrepreneurship Academy of the SANAD Fund for MSME and Womenpreneur Initiative have once again teamed up to champion women’s economic equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In March 2021, the partners launched the Womenpreneur Digital Hub, an online knowledge and resource-sharing platform that aims to expand women’s access to skills-building tools in a time when lockdowns and economic contraction have disproportionately impacted female employment in the region.
The coronavirus crisis has forced many women out of the workplace through a constellation of factors: Economically, it has taken a particularly heavy toll on sectors where women are overrepresented, such as retail, care, and food service. School and daycare closures have added further pressure, with many households placing the responsibility for at-home schooling and childcare solely upon women. As a result, although women in MENA comprise only a quarter of the region’s total workforce, they account for over half of COVID-related job losses.
The Womenpreneur Digital Hub aims to help women regain their economic footing through a three-fold approach. First, online training will be offered free of charge for hub members to hone skills that empower them on the job market, such as financial knowledge, digital literacy, and business management. High-profile speakers will provide insights into current industry trends and tips on accessing career opportunities. Second, the hub will connect users for mutual information and support, experience exchange, and valuable network-building. In this way, the platform intends to accelerate the third factor, which is to open up potential employment paths for those whose careers have been upended by the crisis.
Ines Ebrecht, Chairperson of the SANAD Technical Assistance Facility which runs the SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy, said: “Women’s employment is not only a social justice issue, it is also an economic one. Women’s ability to participate in the workforce not only provides them with financial stability and freedom on an individual level, it also enables an economy to fully open the tap on creativity, entrepreneurship, productivity, and income generation. The SANAD Entrepreneurship Academy is glad to once again join with Womenpreneur Initiative to advance gender parity as a key to prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa.”
Womenpreneur CEO and founder Sana Afouaiz said: “The pandemic provoked a major setback in gender equality and threatens to walk back decades of progress. Yet we can also pivot to grasp the opportunities. As the world entered into lockdown, the transition to online work has created a growing demand for digital jobs. The Womenpreneur Digital Hub is targeted toward equipping women to future-proof their skills and give them valuable knowledge for the employment market. Our aim is to ensure that every woman and girl in MENA has access to the tools that will help her realize her full economic potential.”
Sign up for the hub at: www.womenpreneur-digital.com
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