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In today’s edition

  • Sendy’s firesale ignited by $1million monthly burn rate
  • Nigeria restricts banks from utilising FX gains
  • Kenya to implement digital ID program
  • President Ruto plans to reduce corporate tax
  • The World Wide Web3
  • Event: Inside Identity
  • Opportunities


Sendy’s firesale ignited by $1million monthly burn rate

Sendy delivered, but at what cost?

The Kenyan logistics startup which shut down operations last month, and is now seeking a buyer, was reportedly burning through a whopping $1 million every month.

Sendy delivery man wearing a sendy uniform
Image source: TechCabal

A little back story: According to sources familiar with the comapny, the business took a nosedive when costs rose due to factors like iterative fuel price hikes from 2022 and the August 2022 Kenyan elections that had many people apprehensive. The sources explained that as a result, many manufacturers scaled down production, which meant fewer deliveries for Sendy. But they still had to cough up money for expensive fuel. As Sendy continued making deliveries at a loss, it was banking on a market correction and order volumes to return to normal. However, the fundraising environment worsened, forcing the company to lay off staff to extend its runway.

There’s more. Sources also say that Sendy has undisclosed financial obligations that’s made it tricky for them to find a buyer. These obligations, which may have to be absorbed by the buyer, are a crucial reason why a sale has been complicated.

Sendy has two main products; Sendy Transport and Sendy Fulfillment, but it seems what potential buyers are really after is Sendy’s nifty technology. According to a source, they’ve got top-notch software for booking and tracking transport vehicles.

Zoom out: Wasoko and Sabi are among the companies rumoured to be interested in buying Sendy, but they have declined to comment regarding sendy at this time. In August, Sendy’s CEO, Mesh Alloys, initially said a deal would be closed in two weeks, but it’s all gone quiet on that front.

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Nigeria restricts banks from utilising FX gains

from left to right:CEO of Flutterwave, CEO of Kadavra BDC, acting CBN governor and CEO of Wema Bank
Image source: Zikoko Memes

Nigeria’s apex bank has restricted Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) from using gains gotten from foreign exchange (FX) revaluation for dividends and operational expenditures. 

Why? This move was implemented so as to “cushion any future movements in FX rates”, the CBN said in its directive dated September 11, 2023. 

What is forex revaluation? Forex revaluation gains occur when the value of a bank’s assets and liabilities, denominated in foreign currency, increases due to fluctuations in the exchange rate between the foreign currency and the local currency.

The naira fell short of the dollar by almost 40% in June causing Nigerian banks to amass significant foreign-exchange gains. 

Zoom out:  While many Nigerian banks have benefited from the forex revaluation gains, some of their customers bore the brunt. Several experts believe that Nigerian banks have nothing to lose by following the new CBN’s directive. They believe that not only will the banks keep their profits, they will also be better prepared for future economic shocks.

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Kenya to implement digital ID program

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Gif Source: Zikoko Memes

The Kenyan government has allocated a budget of KES 1billion ($6.9 million) to introduce digital identification cards to its citizens. Per TechMoran, the Kenyan government will issue a Unique Personal Identifier (UPI) or Maisha Number to every Kenyan from birth. This number will serve as a primary identification credential for Kenyans. 

Kenyans will be given a two to three-year window to seamlessly transition to the new UPI system. Registration for the UPI is set to commence on September 29, 2023. The Kenyan government will also begin phasing out the existing second-generation ID card.

Zoom out: Across Africa, identity systems are largely paper-based. The World Bank estimates that at least 500 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa lack proof of legal identification.  Kenya joins a growing list of African countries—Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe—adopting digital identity cards. 


President Ruto plans to reduce corporate tax

Image source:TechCabal

Kenya plans to cut corporate income tax (CIT) on earnings  for resident firms to 25 percent from the current 30 percent. The country is trying to  align with average international rates to attract foreign investors and increase tax obligation compliance with the businesses that are already in the country. a more competitive 25 percent. 

Side bar: Kenya’s tax rate is  higher than the global average of 23 percent. Per Business Daily,  759,164 firms registered for corporation tax for the year ended June 2022,  but only 84,428 paid the dues remitted quarterly. 

When will this happen? The reduction will come into effect from  July 2024 and end in June 2027. However, this means that companies  that already pay preferential tax rates as low as half the standard rate on profit will have to step up to the new 25%.

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The World Wide Web3



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Ether $1,597

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Cardano $0.24

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