Africa's Public Procurement & Entrepreneurship Research Initiative – APPERI



S Africa: renewables interest dampened by legal hurdles

Beyondrics, Financial Times

By by Ruona Agbroko

July 26, 2012

South Africa’s latest round of renewable energy contracts has attracted interest from European developers after home subsidies have dried up, but legal uncertainty and rules over local ownership may cut the temper their enthusiasm.

So far the third round of bids for solar and wind projects has seen some developers stop short of a full committment, which is hardly helped by government holdups.

The deadline for bids to supply another chunk of the 3,725MW of renewable energy that South Africa wants to cut its reliance on coal is October 1. From previous rounds, foreign direct investment in renewables is at $12bn in the year to May. There are two further bid rounds slated for April 2013 and July 2014.

DLA Piper Australia and its South African partner DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr have advised more than 50 per cent of the successful bidders in the first two rounds of contracts and are working with companies in their current bids. “The majority of the developers are European based, particularly Italian and Spanish, and there is an increase in interest from German, French, Chinese and US-based developers,” Damian McNair, head of finance and projects for Asia Pacific at DLA Piper told beyondbrics… Read more.

Harris Wins US Marine Contract

By  Zacks Equity Research

March 16, 2012

Communication technology company Harris Corp. (HRS) received a contract worth $64 million from the U.S Marine Corps. Per the contract, Harris will deliver Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radios, vehicular amplifier adapters, antennas and field support.

The AN/PRC-117G belongs to the Falcon III wideband radio suite that provides precise knowledge of the battlefield environment. The AN/PRC-117G can be upgraded further and enables high-performance voice as well as high-bandwidth data communication. The radio supports new generation combat applications such as streaming video, collaborative chat and other applications.

Procurement of these devices by the U.S. Marine force will enhance their service quality and help them provide improved network support, which in turn will help them to complete the mission successfully.

Apart from catering to the demand of the U.S. government, Harris is also expanding its international presence by supplying its technology to emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China together with Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Africa regions. Currently, the company has a sustainable and diversified product pipeline with a potential market size of $15 billion.

As a leading government electronics supplier, Harris is benefiting from strong international market conditions. In fact, the emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, India, and China together with Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Africa regions paved the way for the company’s long-term growth.

In the last quarter, Harris generated new orders worth $183 million in the Tactical Radio Communications business. The company ended the second quarter of fiscal 2012 with a total order backlog of $581 million. During the ongoing quarter, the company has already generated orders worth $400 million in the Tactical Radio Communications segment, which includes a massive deal signed by the Australian Department of Defense.

Despite winning consistent contracts coupled with huge order backlog the company remains exposed to stiff competition from companies like Boeing Co. (BA), General Dynamics Corp. (GD) and Raytheon Co. (RTN), which also provide high-end public safety communication systems.

Currently, Harris Corporation has a Zacks #3 Rank, implying a short-term Hold rating on the stock.

Harris Corporation, based in Melbourne, Florida, remains one of the leaders in the public safety and professional communication market and boasts products ranging from industry leading multi-band, multi-mode radios, public safety-grade broadband voice, video and data solutions.

Buyer Spend Activity and Procurement Behaviors and Strategies in the Airport Industry – 2011-2012: Survey Intelligence


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NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — announces
that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Buyer Spend Activity and Procurement Behaviors and Strategies in the Airport
Industry – 2011-2012: Survey Intelligence.

Accessed report here.


Analysis of opinions drawn from leading airport industry executives

Analysis on how procurement expenditure, business strategies and practices in
the airport industry are set to change in 2011-2012

Analysis on spending plans, budget allocations, challenges and investment
opportunities of purchase decision makers


This report is the result of an extensive survey drawn from ICD Research’s
exclusive panel of leading airport industry executives. It analyzes how
procurement expenditure, business strategies and practices are set to change in
the airport industry in 2011-12. This report gives you access to the
category-level spending outlooks, budgets, supplier selection criteria, business
challenges and investment opportunities for leading purchase decision makers.
The report also identifies future growth of buyers and suppliers and
e-procurement. This report not only grants access to the opinions and strategies
of business decision makers and competitors, but also examines their actions
surrounding business priorities. The report also provides access to information
categorized by region, company type and size.


The opinions and forward looking statements of XXXX industry executives have
been captured in our in-depth survey, of which XX% represent Director and
C-level respondents.

The research is based on primary survey research conducted by ICD Research
accessing its B2B panels comprised of senior purchase decision makers and
leading supplier organizations.

The geographical scope of the research is global – drawing on the activity
and expectations of leading industry players across the Americas, Europe,
Asia-Pacific, Africa and Middle East.

Key topics covered include buyer expenditure activity, procurement behaviors
and strategies, threats and opportunities, economic outlook and business

In the report, buyers identify what suppliers need to do to maintain their
business and the key actions being taken by industry players to overcome the
leading business threats.

The report examines current practices and provides future expectations for
the industry over the next 12-24 months.

Reasons To Buy

This report will help you to drive revenues by understanding future product
investment areas and growth regions.

This report will help you to formulate effective sales and marketing
strategies by identifying how buyer budgets are changing and the direction of
spend in the future.

This report will help you to better promote your business by aligning your
capabilities and business practices with your customer’s changing needs.

This report will help you to secure stronger customer relationships by
understanding the leading business concerns and changing strategies of industry

This report will help you to predict how the industry will grow, consolidate
and where it will stagnate.

This report will help you to uncover the business outlook, key challenges and
opportunities identified by suppliers and buyers.

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