值此联盟庆祝成立20周年之际, it’s important to highlight the stories of some of our 的同事 to show how the Alliance helps our businesses grow. 在这篇文章中, I’ll be writing in my capacity as Chairman of Aswanet Rwanda and will be describing how Inogen Alliance helped our company be more resilient during COVID.
当Aswanet第一次发现Inogen Alliance的时候, we were a small water engineering and consultancy firm doing small projects in Rwanda and Uganda. 日博365APP下载在巴西利亚的世界水论坛上见到了Inogen Alliance, Brazil – our small three-person team attended to try to meet foreigners doing business in Africa. The trip was a big event for us – it was our first international trip as a team, and it was the first time one of our team members was on a commercial airplane! We bought the cheapest tickets to save money, and after a grueling journey, we all arrived in Brazil.
The Forum was great but was a bit overwhelming; we met so many people from all around the world but struggled to really meet others who were working in Africa. 有一天,, 预定的分组会议似乎与日博365APP下载没有太大关系, 所以日博365APP下载决定在博览会上走走. We were trying to meet someone else working in Africa and were struggling to access the Forum’s wifi, 所以日博365APP下载开始寻找有自己热点的供应商. After a few minutes of aimless wandering through the vast exposition hall, 日博365APP下载找到了一个信号很好的摊位——安泰集团!
We met the Antea Group team, and one of their previous employees, Peter Penning, was there. He learned about us and suggested that we meet others in Inogen Alliance. 几个月后, 我飞到温哥华, Canada for the Inogen Alliance meeting where I presented my company to the team, 董事会向日博365APP下载发出了加入联盟的邀请.
在2019年, I found myself rapidly swept up in relationship-building throughout the Alliance, 在巴黎开会, Stresa, 卡萨布兰卡, 和胡志明市. 我很外向，甚至我也觉得很累, but there were so many people with so many ideas and I felt compelled to introduce everyone to my company. 当时, 我没有意识到这些关系会带来多大的价值, 但新冠疫情的爆发改变了一切.
Our general expertise within the East African region is centered around water engineering, 建设, 项目管理, 和可持续发展咨询. 东非在农业方面有很多正在进行的发展, 教育, 热情好客, 和制造业, and clients and project partners include private sector organizations, 非政府组织, 以及地方和国家政府实体.
非洲的许多大型项目都是由中国公司资助的, so our team’s pipeline started suffering in January 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit China. 数百万美元的项目一夜之间化为乌有, and the situation got even more dire as the pandemic started to spread to Italy, 美国, 在世界各地. The health systems on the ground in East Africa are quite underdeveloped compared to those in more developed countries. Many countries in East Africa instituted extremely strict lockdowns once cases were discovered locally to prevent the healthcare systems from collapsing. Rwanda implemented a strict curfew and closed its borders entirely after only four cases were discovered in the country. 乌干达禁止本地汽车旅行超过一个月. It was clear to our team that it was impossible to continue business as normal. 当地已全面实施宵禁, 几乎所有私营部门和政府部门都关闭了, 地区之间的旅行被禁止, 日博365APP下载的服务被认为是不必要的. 那时候日博365APP下载根本没办法做生意.
在这个时候, our team reached out to our Inogen Alliance colleagues and shared the bad news about the situation on the ground in Rwanda. 日博365APP下载团队在寻求帮助时有点紧张, but once it was clear that we were passionate about continuing our work, 机会开始出现. Our team collaborated with another Associate to investigate the feasibility of smart cities in the Czech Republic. We helped another Associate perform an internal feasibility study where they were evaluating a COVID-19 compliance service. I joined the Global Marketing Team and started writing blogs for the website. Our team joined the Help Desk network and assisted with risk assessments and regulatory registers for food and beverage clients. 日博365APP下载开始与几个工作组进行对话. 所有这些不同的活动帮助日博365APP下载的业务存活下来, 帮助日博365APP下载建立关系, 让日博365APP下载更能忍受这场大流行. We also added value to those 的同事 we connected with by helping to provide relief in workload and sharing our own expertise and unique perspective to help come up with solutions for global clients. 尽管日博365APP下载相距遥远, we became much closer with our colleagues because there were so many new ways for us to work together.
幸运的是，非洲的情况正在改善. 在我写这篇文章的时候, the Government of Rwanda has vaccinated more than 90% of the adults in Kigali City – a higher share than most cities in the developed world. 该地区对新冠肺炎的限制正慢慢开始解除, and although Africa will likely have the longest and most challenging recovery from COVID, 情况开始好转了. The region is still in the acute phase of the pandemic and will likely be so for quite a while until more vaccine doses are delivered to the continent, but hopefully circumstances will soon allow the conversation to shift from surviving the pandemic to recovering and building back in a more sustainable way.
在未来, our team plans to continue both with our local on-the-ground work and will also continue collaborating with other Inogen Alliance 的同事. We’re so excited about the new opportunities that the Alliance gave us, 日博365APP下载很高兴能够支持它未来的发展.
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