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Monday, 14 June 2021

Jumia flags Egypt as a top investment destination, looking at everything from digital payments to last-mile delivery

Africa-focused e-commerce giant Jumia plans to invest over USD 590 mn in Egypt and other African countries over the upcoming years starting 2021, CEO Hesham Safwat told Enterprise. Safwat declined to reveal exactly what portion of the funds would be directed towards Egypt, but said that it is “one of the top countries we’re focusing on.”

The amount was raised over two phases from the sale of American depositary shares on the New York Stock Exchange: USD 243.2 mn (pdf) in December 2020 and USD 348.6 mn (pdf) in March this year, he said.

Where will Egypt’s investments be channeled? Jumia Egypt will focus its investments on digital payments and other e-services including Jumia Mall and Jumia Food, Safwat said.

Expansion plans: Jumia Egypt will increase its total number of pickup stations to 200 this July and increase its last-mile delivery stations by 40%, Thomas Maudet, managing director of Jumia Services Egypt, told us in May. The company also plans to expand Jumia Food — which launched in Egypt seven months ago — in Cairo and Alexandria. Other plans include increasing its warehouses and delivery capacity in the Delta to improve its next-day delivery service.

IN OTHER INVESTMENT NEWS-

Consumer healthcare giant Integrated Diagnostics Holding (IDH) will invest EGP 300 mn in Egypt this year in a plan that will allow the company to open 19 additional branches nationwide before the year is out, IDH CEO Hend El Sherbini tells Hapi Journal. The company, which plans to open 30-35 new branches annually, will inaugurate a third branch of Al Borg Scan in Heliopolis this month, in addition to opening three other sites of the scan centers across the country in 2H2022, she said.

IDH has invested EGP 35-40 mn in Egypt since the beginning of the year, opening 16 new branches of its Al Borg and Al Mokhtabar laboratory brands during the first five months of the year, according to El Sherbini. As of April, it had 429 branches in Egypt and a market share of more than 50% through its Al Borg and Al Mokhtabar brands.

IDH is armed with fresh funding from the International Finance Corporation, which last month signed off on a USD 45 mn loan, which it said it would use to finance expansion into new emerging markets. The LSE-listed company debuted 5% of its shares on the EGX last month, completing the exchange’s first-ever technical listing.

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