Fri, 26 Apr 2019

Ethiopian Airlines has won the African Champion of the Year award at the Africa CEO Forum taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, this week.

The awards are in its 7th year and recognises the outstanding performance of business leaders, companies and investors in Africa.

According to a statement, the airline won for its intra-African partnerships, reaching 40 countries on the continent. The award was received by the airline's CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.

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Engie Africa won the award for International Company of the Year. It runs a large solar energy plant in Kathu in the Northern Cape. The Kathu site covers approximately 4.5km, with 384 000 solar "mirrors".

The company was honoured for having three executive board members coming from Africa and having a significant impact on local communities in what the judges regard as one of the most important sectors for Africa's future.

The Engie Group is listed on Paris and Brussels stock exchanges and has been active in Africa for over 50 years, according to its website.

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At the Africa CEO Forum award ceremony, Morocco's Mohamed el Kettani was honoured as the 2019 African CEO of the Year.

El Kettani has invested more than $1bn on the continent over the past seven years. He is behind the pan-African development of Morocco's Attijariwafa Bank.

Nigeria's logistics company, Kobo 360, was named The Disrupter of the Year for registering immediate and significant success in a sector where costs are higher in Africa than anywhere else in the world.

Access Bank, based in Nigeria, won the Gender Leader award. The bank has made what it calls the emancipation of women a key part of its strategy.

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