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Connecting Africa Podcast: Ep. 4 – Cutting out the middleman

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This week the Connecting Africa Podcast team looks into the world of logistics and speaks to Amitruck Founder and CEO Mark Mwangi who is trying to digitize Kenya's trucking industry.

The Kenyan startup's digital logistics marketplace is helping users secure transport directly from transporters, by cutting out the need for brokers.

He sheds light on Kenya's transport sector and the challenges he faced trying to break into the sector.

Mwangi also elaborates on the challenges of digital adoption and building credibility and trust in a sector that has major trust issues.

He then describes how the Amitruck platform works, the tech behind it and how tech, in general, is enabling small businesses to succeed in Africa. That led to a discussion about how Kenyan startups are supporting each other and creating an ecosystem to help each other succeed in a regulatory environment that is not always supportive of startups.

Finally, we cover China's impact on infrastructure development in Africa and Mwangi shares his frustrations with the lack of intra-African trade and how much his company could grow if transport pipelines were opened up.

Amitruck founder and CEO Mark Mwangi. (Source: LinkedIn)
Amitruck founder and CEO Mark Mwangi.
(Source: LinkedIn)

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