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Zoho Launches Tax Compliant Platform in Kenya, Seeks to Help Businesses Manage Their Finance

Zoho Corporation has launched a VAT and Tax invoice management system (TIMs) accounting software for companies in Kenya called ‘Zoho Books’.

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Indian multinational technology company that makes web-based business tools Zoho Corporation, has launched a VAT and Tax Invoice Management System (TIMs) accounting software for companies in Kenya called ‘Zoho Books’.

With the creation of Zoho Books, the company seeks to help Businesses in Kenya ease the process of transitioning to tax invoice management system and compliance.

The accounting software, Zoho Books is meant to help businesses in Kenya ease the process of transitioning to Tax Invoice Management System (TIMS) and ensure compliance.

In Kenya, the new TIMS regulation in the country mandates that all VAT-registered businesses must report each invoice and credit note to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in real time.

Businesses will need to create electronic tax invoices with the mandated fields and format, and push them to the Kenya Revenue Authority, making the introduction of the Zoho Books software to the Kenyan market very timely.

Speaking on the launch of ‘Zoho Books’ in Kenya, Zoho Country Manager Veerakumar Natarajan said the system has been rolled out first in Kenya to assist all business owners to prepare for the upcoming implementation of the TIMS by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

His words, “Kenya is a key market for us, and we are continuing to invest in creating solutions that will help businesses in their digitalization journey.

“We are launching the localized version of our accounting solution, Zoho Books, to help businesses manage their finances and stay tax compliant.”

The Kenya Revenue Authority has extended the deadline for businesses to comply with the Tax Invoice Management System to November, 30 this year, noting that “a number of taxpayers are still in the process of acquiring and integrating the ETR devices with their invoicing systems.”

With Zoho Books, businesses can get an end-to-end accounting solution that works in just a few clicks. The accounting software will also generate the VAT Return Form-3 filled-in automatically, which can then be used to file the returns, simplifying tax compliance and saving time.

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Otedola Moves to Sell Part of Geregu Power Plc to FEDA

Afreximbank to acquire part of Geregu Power plant

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Billionaire Femi Otedola-owned energy company, Geregu Power Plc is in talks with the Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA) for the acquisition of part of the energy company.

The company stated in a statement signed by Akinleye Olagbende, Company Secretary and made available on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

Geregu Power hereby notifies “Nigerian Exchange Limited (the Exchange) and the investing public of its discussions with the Fund for Export Development in Africa (FEDA) for the acquisition of a portion of Geregu Power Plc shares. FEDA is the impact development arm of the Africa Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank),” the company stated.

According to the energy firm, talks are presently ongoing and “where these talks progress to a more advanced stage, the company will notify the Exchange and the investing public in line with the rules of the Exchange.”

In October, Geregu Power listed 2.5 billion shares at N100 a unit on the Main Board of the NGX. This puts the company’s market value at N250 billion and also in a better position it to raise capital to bid for Geregu II as it is presently doing.

Speaking on the listing, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Mr. Femi Otedola, CON, said “the listing of the company was the actualization of a vision to bring world-class standards in governance sustainability, and business processes to the Company and the Nigerian electricity sector.”

He added that “listing on the Main Board of the Exchange will ensure that the long-term growth of the company is assured and its benefits will be passed on to our esteemed shareholders”.

Otedola is the largest shareholder in FirstBank and also holds a 99% stake in Amperion Power, the owner of the Geregu Power Plant.

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Access Bank Acquires Indirect Stake in Sigma Pensions

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Access Holdings on Friday announced it has completed the acquisition of an indirect equity stake in Sigma and the merger of its subsidiary, First Guarantee Pension Limited (FGPL) with Sigma.

According to the bank, following the sanction of the Scheme of Merger between Sigma and FGPL by the Federal High Court on December 1, 2022, FGPL has been dissolved without winding up leaving Sigma as the surviving entity, according to Access Holdings.

Commenting on the transaction, Dr Herbert Wigwe, Group Chief Executive of the Corporation, said “Following the successful completion of the merger, our plan is to leverage the synergies of these entities, as well as the Corporation’s expansive distribution network, strong risk management culture and best-in-class governance standards to create a formidable pension funds administration business.”

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Dangote Group Dismisses Rumours of Plan to Rise Cement Price

Dangote Cement says no price increase

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Africa’s leading cement producer, Dangote Cement Plc has dismissed the rumor that it plans to increase the price of its products.

The clarification became necessary following a recent publication that Dangote Cement plans a fresh increase.

Recently, there has been some publication (Not Investors King) about a potential increase in the price of cement. The publications noted that the increase will be a result of the high cost of fuel among other prevailing issues. 

According to the Senior Manager, branding and communication, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Sunday Esan, “Dangote Cement is not embarking on a price increase”, stating that the increase is mere speculation.

Meanwhile, Dangote Cement in the third quarter of 2022, recorded an increase in the overall volume of cement sales by 6.2 percent to 20.8 metric tons in the third quarter of 2022.

According to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Michel Puchercos, this was achieved, despite the elevated inflation caused by a very volatile global environment.

Similarly, while speaking on the increase in the price of fuel, Puchercos said “to mitigate the impact of the significant increase in energy and AGO costs, we are strengthening our efforts to ramp up the usage of alternative fuels”.

“We are on track to commission our Alternative Fuel feed system at Obajana lines I and V, and Ibese line II in November. In addition, we are ramping up our investment in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), to reduce our AGO usage,” he added. 

Investors King understands that Dangote Cement is Africa’s leading cement producer with nearly 51.6Mta capacity across Africa. Although it has a few competitors which include BUA Cement, the company supplies most parts of Nigeria.

In addition, Dangote Cement has operations in 10 African countries. 

Its production plant in Obajana, Kogi state, is the largest in Africa with 16.25Mta of capacity across five lines while the Ibese plant in Ogun state has four cement lines with a combined installed capacity of 12Mta.

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