May 19, 2020

Niger and Nigeria sign MoU for oil refinery to boost economic development

Nigeria
Oil
Niger
petroleum
professo
2 min
Niger and Nigeria sign MoU for oil refinery to boost economic development

The Nigerien and Nigerian governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a hydrocarbon pipeline and a petroleum refinery, valued at US$2bn.

The pipeline will travel between Niger and Nigeria’s Katsina State, located on the nation’s northern border.

Due to the state’s location, the governments can save costs on the construction of the pipeline as it will span across a shorter distance.

The agreed refinery will have a capacity to process up to between 100,000 and 150,000 barrels of Nigerien oil per day.

The MoU was signed by the two nations’ Energy Ministers, and witnessed by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, and the President of the Republic of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.

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The nations aim that the agreement will boost cross-border economic development.

During the signing ceremony, a steering committee and a team led by Rabiu Suleiman were inaugurated to develop strategy for the projects.

The committees aim to establish a roadmap and guidelines for the refinery and pipeline, including feasibility studies, pipeline routes and details, and security plans.

It is anticipated the duration of the projects’ planning and execution will take between three and four years.

“Nigeria sees this cooperation on crude oil export from the Republic of Niger and construction of refinery facilities in Katsina State as a ‘win–win’ for both nations,” stated President Buhari following the ceremony.

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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