- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Bboxx and other innovative UK companies spearheading economic development at The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda
- Mansoor Hamayun gave the Prime Minister a tour of the immersive “Tomorrow’s rural home” demonstrating the capabilities of future homes in off-grid communities
- Boris Johnson is launching several major trade deals to encourage increased collaboration between the member countries, including a Developing Countries Trading Scheme and Platinum Partnership Trade Alliances
24th June 2022 – Mansoor Hamayun, CEO of the Pan-African Super Platform, Bboxx, met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the acceleration of economic development and green investments throughout the Commonwealth. The meeting took place at CHOGM’s Business Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.
In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement of new investments in clean and green technology across Africa, Mansoor Hamayun and Boris Johnson discussed steps towards achieving net zero, potential UK investment in green infrastructure, and the importance of channeling investment into clean and green business solutions, positively impacting ordinary lives throughout the developing world.
The Prime Minister and John Humphrey, the newly appointed HM Trade Commissioner for Africa, consulted a range of innovative UK companies, including Bboxx, to discuss ways of capitalising on the Commonwealth’s growth advantage in these areas. They also held meetings on the UK-backed African Continental Free Trade Agreement.
With years of experience in transforming lives across sub-Saharan Africa through Bboxx’s provision of essential products and services, Mansoor Hamayun gave the Prime Minister a tour of the immersive “Tomorrow’s rural home” which captures the aspiration of a rural family who want affordable utilities to improve their quality of life. By providing the on-grid experience for off-grid locations, Bboxx is empowering families towards a healthier, wealthier, and more connected future.
Mansoor Hamayun, CEO and Co-Founder of Bboxx, said: “I am delighted to be participating in CHOGM this year, contributing to important conversations that will help us move the dial and strengthen our green capabilities across the Commonwealth. It was an honour to meet with the Prime Minister and discuss ways to drive economic development while fostering new markets for British expertise and exports.
We founded Bboxx 12 years ago with the goal of transforming lives and connecting billions of underserved communities through access to essential products and services. While great strides have been made, and we welcome the Prime Minister’s new investments in clean energy announced today, there is more to be done.
The Commonwealth is a diverse family of 54 countries, and it is vital that we work together to help achieve shared goals, spanning financial prosperity, democracy, and sustainable growth. By harnessing our fully connected digital operation system, Bboxx Pulse, we can offer African households, businesses, and communities a highly convenient and affordable way to access life-changing solutions, through data-powered logistics and innovative financing methods.”
Mansoor Hamayun addressed the attendees of CHOGM’s Business Forum on the 22nd June in a wider panel discussion, highlighting the role of affordable clean energy in achieving the Commonwealth’s climate goals.
Bboxx believes that energy access is the entry point to unlocking a future that is otherwise not possible. As a Pan-African Super Platform, Bboxx is providing affordable, reliable, and clean electricity and other utility services to millions who are living without, transforming lives and unlocking the potential of communities, cities, and countries.
In line with Bboxx’s commitment to championing the economic development of Africa and accelerating the transition to the digital economy, the business will be participating in COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh later this year to help accelerate global climate action.
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Notes to Editors
During CHOGM, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be launching a raft of major trade deals, such as plans for a landmark Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS). To mark the Queen’s Jubilee this year, new Platinum Partnership trade alliances will also be introduced to increase trade across the member countries, and virtual Centres of Expertise will be created as advice hubs on sustainable growth and financial services.
This accompanies plans for significant investments, including the introduction of a new £124 million UK Export Finance loan to help British businesses improve healthcare in Guyana, and UK health tech export wins worth almost £40 million in India.
Bboxx is a Pan-African Super Platform, transforming lives and unlocking potential by providing access to essential products and services. Bboxx has built a fully connected digital operating system Bboxx Pulse®, backed by an extensive on-the-ground network to provide goods, services and utilities across Africa. We offer African households, businesses and communities a highly convenient and affordable way to access life-changing solutions, through data-powered logistics and innovative financing methods.
Bboxx is championing the economic development of Africa, accelerating the transition to the digital economy and creating new markets. We are connecting both underserved rural communities and aspiring urban ones with services including clean energy, clean cooking, smartphones, and cash loans, enabling African consumers to unlock their potential. Bboxx is positively impacting the lives of more than 2.5 million people in 11 markets, directly contributing to 11 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Bboxx has over 3,000 staff across eight countries in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Togo, with its headquarters in the UK and its manufacturing in Asia.
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