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The High Tech Programmes Advancing Medical Training in Africa

Africa has 6 out of 10 fastest growing economies but, as the African Development Bank notes, it’s also the continent with the highest disease burden in the world. With 12% of the world’s population, and 25% of the world’s burden of diseases, Sub-Saharan Africa is said to have only 3% of the world’s health workforce. Leaders in the healthcare sector [...]

The App Saving Babies Lives

Trained midwife Heaven Workneh remembers a time when she was called out to help a relative who was about to give birth in a town just outside Bahir Dar, in Ethiopia. The mother was in the late stages of delivery and confused about the medication she had been told to take. Workneh too, though medically proficient, was not familiar with [...]

Training Africa’s Next Generation of Healthcare Workers

At least 400 million people across the world lack access to essential health services, partly because of a shortage of trained professionals. The joint World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank Group report, ‘Tracking Universal Health Coverage,’ further reveals that more than 40% of all WHO member states have less than 1 doctor per 1,000 people. Kenya is one of [...]

Mentorship Key to Employee Development at GE Africa

A fresh graduate from the University of Lagos and with just a few months as a General Electric (GE) graduate intern under her belt, Notey Akpotive was recruited into the company’s Early Career Development Program (ECDP) for a year of intensive training and mentorship by senior GE leaders. The goal was to turn Akpotive, a then 23-year-old English major, into [...]

Why Mentorship Matters in Africa

General Electric is big on mentorship. The digital industrial company has even won numerous awards for its efforts to provide learning and development to its employees. Based on the belief that people are the most powerful catalyst for growth and innovation, GE invests more than $1 billion annually in employee development. Much of this happens formally at Crotonville, GE’s global [...]

Mentor vs. Champion

We have all heard about the importance of a mentor to help advance one’s career.  Some organisations even have formal mentoring programs where senior managers are required, as part of their job responsibilities, to mentor junior staff.   While having a mentor is a valuable relationship as one climbs the organizational ladder, this [...]

He Dreamt of Making Cheap Telescopes – 3D Printers Made it Come True

  Ibitolu Henry has a fascination with space, and a commitment to share his knowledge and expertise with children. His dream has been to create telescopes at a reasonable price that he could use to teach school children about astronomy. The General Electric (GE) Lagos Garage gave him this opportunity through its instruction in 3D printing technology. Using this technology, [...]

Changing Lives: 3D Printer Makes New Leg for Young Girl

Meet Rosaline Cheptoo Cheptoo is Ugandan, and has a congenital abnormality – she was born without most of her right leg. This beautiful little girl was an outcast among her family and her community, as they believed that her condition was the result of a spell cast upon her.  A combination of the limitations that came with not having most [...]

Five Things Africans Need to Know about 3D Printing

It is revolutionizing manufacturing   In the past, manufacturing was the purview of large, well-capitalised companies who could afford the investment in expensive machinery.  The world was divided between the efficiency and low cost associated with “manufacturing” and the small-scale world of handcrafted items. 3D printing is not really printing, per se, but the manufacturing of an item using software [...]

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GE at Work in 8 African Countries

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GE has been operating in Angola since 1967. Today, GE employs more than 500 people in businesses spanning across key sectors including oil and gas, power and water, rail transportation, energy connections and Healthcare.

GE has been collaborating with the Angolan government and other players in the private sector to help the country achieve its Vision 2025 goals. This collaboration has helped Angola explore a variety of opportunities, from new ways to generate power to modernizing the transportation sector. [Read More]

Since 1945, GE has been building, moving, curing and powering Ethiopia. Key businesses in the country include aviation, power distribution, healthcare, and financial services. In January 2014, GE and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development signed a multi-sector MOU to jointly develop projects in the aviation, healthcare, power and transportation sectors of Ethiopia.   [Read More]
GE works in Ghana to support economic growth through infrastructure development especially in the power, healthcare and transport sectors. GE is working with Ghana’s leaders on plans to develop the critical infrastructure needed for continued energy management in the country. [Read More]
Since 2011, GE Africa’s Sub-Saharan Headquarters has been located in Nairobi. The headquarters is now home to over 140 employees. GE is committed to supporting Kenya in realizing its Vision 2030 goals. In 2012, GE signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding agreement with the government to develop projects in key sectors, including power and healthcare. [Read More]
GE is focused on business development and building Mozambique’s future through key investments in a wide variety of industries including; Oil & Gas, Transportation and Energy Management. Committed to growing in Mozambique, GE has continued to make significant investments in the country’s Human capital. [Read More]
GE has been operating in Nigeria for over 40 years, with businesses spanning a number of key sectors including aviation, power generation, oil and gas, healthcare, and transportation. In the past three years, there has been a renewed focus on the country with an eye on new service facilities and employment of more local talent to expand the company’s capabilities.  [Read More]
GE’s first overseas office outside of the USA was opened in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1898. In support of sanctions imposed against the apartheid system of governance, the company disinvested in South Africa in the late 1970s. GE re-invested in South Africa in the 1990s in support of rebuilding a new democratic South Africa. [Read More]
GE has been operating in Tanzania since 2013 and is currently working to supply Tanzania Railways with 58 locomotives to further develop oil and gas and mining operations. GE has been a key player In Tanzania’s power sector working together with the Tanzania Electricity Power company (TANESCO) and a number of power producers to boost electricity generation in the country. [Read More]
ge at work in africa

GE first started operating in Sub-Saharan Africa over 100 years ago. However in 2011, we decided to renew our focus to meet Africa’s current and future needs. Our footprint in sub-Saharan Africa now consists of over 2600 employees, revenues of about $3.3 billion dollars (2015) and operations in 33 countries. GE’s main operations in SSA are in Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya where its SSA Headquarters is located.

A key partner in supporting SSA’s socio-economic growth, GE operates in the Oil & gas, power, transportation, healthcare, renewables, energy connections and aviation sectors.

Partnership with Governments and local companies form a very important part of GE’s growth in SSA. We have signed MOUs with the Governments of several countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Ghana to develop infrastructure projects, including sustainable energy solutions, providing efficient and reliable transportation as well as improving access to quality healthcare. These MOUs involve significant investments in creating jobs and human capital development.

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