Mercer opens new francophone Africa hub in Casablanca, Morocco

01 November 2017 Consultancy.africa

Global human resources consultancy Mercer has opened a new hub in Morocco. The firm’s new Casablanca based Financial City bolsters its presence in the country, and aims to support its other francophone North African teams with a range of wealth and career solutions.

The move reflects, according to said David Anderson, President of Mercer’s Growth Markets Region, the firm’s growing commitment to the Africa continent, where it currently serves clients in 41 of Africa’s 54 sovereign states. “Africa is an important part of our growth strategy for Mercer. We’ve been operating on the continent for many years and we continuously look for ways to bring differentiated value to our clients. Strengthening our footprint in this growing and thriving region will allow us to improve client service across their health and benefits needs.” 

Mercer was already active in Morocco, serviced locally through an established strategic partnership with AFMA, the largest brokerage in the country. Commenting on why the HR consulting firm picked Casablanca as the base for its expansion, Anderson highlighted that North Africa “continues to show great promise”, adding that Morocco is “the ideal hub for growth across Francophone Africa.”

Mercer opens new francophone Africa hub in Casablanca, Morocco

According to recent data from Mercer’s own annual ‘Quality of Living Index’, Casablanca is Morocco’s second best city to live and work in, trailing just the kingdom’s capital Rabat.

Mustafa Faizani, CEO of Mercer UAE & India, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, added, “Expanding our presence to Morocco with the new Casablanca Financial City hub is a critical step toward enhancing our leading position in the region and leveraging the market’s full potential to address our clients’ unique hyperlocal needs, across health, wealth and career.”

Globally, Mercer has more than 20,500 employees, based in more than 40 countries. The consulting firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, the parent of also Oliver Wyman (a management consulting firm), NERA Economic Consulting (an economics consultancy), Marsh (a broker) and Guy Carpenter (a reinsurance broker).

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Thinkroom Consulting holds seminar with Microsoft and Bank Windhoek

25 April 2019 Consultancy.africa

Gauteng-based consultancy Thinkroom Consulting has organised a seminar in Windhoek that was held jointly by Bank Windhoek and Microsoft. The seminar was aimed at facilitating innovation and collaboration, primarily by offering networking opportunities and a platform for exchanging ideas. 

The seminar’s theme was consistent with current trends across Africa. The continent is well on its way to becoming a major economic centre in the global economy, and most experts have recommended a combination of collaboration and innovation in order to accelerate progress.

Specifically, the seminar was held for entrepreneurs who are looking to share their ideas and meet possible business partners. The turnout was satisfactory, given that 50 entrepreneurs from Windhoek attended the event, which was organised collaboratively by Microsoft and Bank Windhoek.

The results were also reportedly satisfactory. Attendees related that they had gathered a substantial body of knowledge form the seminar, equipping them with considerable tools to drive growth in their companies. Microsoft’s presence among the organisers was also no coincidence, given the current market for skills.

Thinkroom Consulting holds seminar with Microsoft and Bank Windhoek

Experts have suggested that the future of Namibian economy – much like the rest of Africa and the world – lies in developing its capacity in the information communications technology domain. The event was facilitated by Thinkroom Consulting, a South African management consultancy. 

Thinkroom was established in 2014 with the sole purpose of supporting small and medium enterprises across Africa with their growth stories. To this end, the firm offers support in project management, research, enterprise development and a number of other domains.

Commenting on the event, Founder of Thinkroom Catherine Young said, “Thinkroom Consulting is passionate about helping businesses and entrepreneurs. We use our networks to introduce them to corporate programmes, use management best practices as well as the latest technologies to reach existing and new markets.”

Emerging SMEs Finance Branch Manager at Bank Windhoek Mbo Luvindao added, “As connectors of positive change, we see an opportunity to bring additional value to our customers through strategic partnerships such as the one agreed with Microsoft. The end goal is to bring benefits to you, our customers so that you are able to build a competitive advantage and safeguard the success of your business.”