GE FIRST STARTED OPERATING IN SUB-SAHARAN Africa over 100 years ago. However in the past five years our engagement across many sectors has increased considerably, from power to healthcare to transport. GE's footprint in sub-Saharan Africa now consists of over 2,200 employees, revenues of over $2.5bn (2013) and operations in 25 countries.
Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Ghana and Kenya, where the sub-Saharan Africa Headquarters is located, are hosts to some of GE's main operations on the continent. Many of our engagements are structured around country to country partnership agreements and joint ventures working hand-in-hand with government and the private sector.
The key to GE's expansion has been a commitment to localisation--with a clear focus on the creation of local jobs, training and knowledge transfer. A number of investments already validate this.
In Nigeria, GE is investing $1bn over a 5-year period--with a commitment of 1250m for a manufacturing and assembly facility in the Southern city of Calabar. Work has already begun on this project and as part of this investment GE will build a training facility on its manufacturing site to ensure on-going employee development.
The company will provide one to four-year training programmes both locally and internationally for repair engineers, welders, fabricators and machinists. When completed, over 2,300 direct and indirect jobs will be created and Nigerians will make up more than 90% of employees. Even before the Calabar project takes off, in November 2014 GE announced that it now has capabilities to manufacture subsea well heads in Onne, Nigeria--catering for international oil companies operating in the area.
In Ghana, more than 70% of all Ghanaians still live over 8km from the nearest health care provider, and rural infant mortality rates are double the corresponding urban rates. Improving access to healthcare delivery remains a central goal of Health Sector Reforms for the country.
With these challenges in mind, GE signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ghana Ministry of Health.
The MOU outlines a framework of collaboration that includes health infrastructure, human resources development and the acquisition of appropriate technology.
GE recently received an order from the Ghana Government to supply 400...