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Kaveer is likely to do business in Sudan

Kaveer.jpgKaveer is a South African of Indian origin. He belongs to the 5th generation of the Indian diaspora. The father of his great grandfather migrated to South Africa during the same time as Mahatma Gandhi.
His name is Kaveer Beharee. Going by his family name, I suspect that his roots are in the state of Bihar in the Eastern region of India. Kaveer Beharee is a well groomed professional with an American accent and trained under Mark Heid in IBM in US. Kaveer is Founder and Principal Analyst at Ubiquity Consulting, Johannesburg in South Africa. Ubiquity is South Africa’s first social business intelligence consultancy. They focus on the second wave of social media –data and intelligence. At the 1st Digital Marketing Summit in Khartoum, he addressed the five issues that prevent companies from realizing value from social media investment. Kaveer was impressed with the people of Sudan and wants to come back to do business in Sudan.

IBM in Sudan

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We have heard that Exxon, Citibank and some other American companies did have their offices and establishments in Sudan. Well that must have been before the US sanctions were imposed in Sudan since 1997. However we do have a few American products available in the market. I can vouch for the medicines and other healthcare products which are available from American multinational companies. There runs a joke in Sudan particularly among the Expatriate communities which says that IBM the American International Business Machines Corporation will never open shop in Sudan. This is because IBM also stands for InshAllah, Bukra and Malish (IBM) which are perhaps the reasons why business may take a back seat in Sudan. This is certainly a myth because if one notices the monitors at the cash counters in Afra Mall in Khartoum one will notice the IBM logo, as captured in this photo. Eid Mubarak.