Jamie Carr Columnist

This has been a busy year for Vivo, which operates service stations and flogs fuel across Africa. The company got its IPO away in May 2018, then on March 1 2019 it completed a transformative deal to acquire 230 Engen service stations in eight countries, which brings its network to 2,130 service stations across 23 African markets. Behind the scenes it was implementing the first stages of an enterprise resource planning system to transform its analytical capabilities and efficiency. CEO Christian Chammas is bullish about the prospects for a continent that he describes as "surging forward", noting that demographic and economic trends are "almost universally positive" across Africa. More people becoming more affluent leads to more spending, not just on fuel but on fast food and the other retail offerings that its service stations provide, and this in turn drives activity in the commercial sector, where Vivo provides fuel and lubricants to companies in construction, mining, aviation, tra...

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