Kwaplah International Boosted by Export Funding Program
by Courtney Sherwood
Sherlock Mahn had almost all the pieces in place when he quit his day job to run Kwaplah International Inc. full time.
The Corvallis, Oregon, company was credentialed to procure goods for the United Nations, World Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development. Mahn had secured suppliers of everything from pencils to medical equipment and had established shipping protocols to even remote African destinations.
Just one thing was missing: Capital.
Kwaplah would have to pay suppliers upfront and then wait as long as six months to be compensated by international agencies. Until he could secure a loan to provide that upfront capital, Mahn could not bid on any major contracts.
So in 2004, Mahn turned to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Export Working Capital Program, which helps companies like Kwaplah overcome such hurdles. continue ...
On May 18, 2007 the President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf visited the State of Oregon
to address the World Affairs Council. During her visit, the Faculty and Staff of Concordia University in Portland conferred
on her a doctorial degree in political science. Mr. Sherlock Mahn, the CEO/President of Kwaplah International, Inc. was
invited to give a remark regarding the President's request for Liberian entrepreneurs to bring investment and participate
in the reconstruction of their native country.
Picture: Mr. Sherlock Mahn (right) presents a plaque and financial contribution to her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia (left)
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Kwaplah International Launches Rental Car Program in Sierra Leone
Kwaplah International (Sierra Leone), Inc. has appointed a new Manager, Mr. Abdul Fatta Hamid, who takes over from Mr. Kabba Kamara. Mr. Kamara has taken new assignment in Conakry, Guinea. Mr. Hamid has outlined two major focuses for the firm for this year as put his management team together. He intends to launch Kwaplah International Transport in Sierra Leone in late October. This rental car program is well on its way with about six AWD vehicles already in route to Freetown from the headquarters in the US. He will gradually build the fleet of vehicles to include buses and trucks during the course of this year.
Meanwhile Kwaplah Sierra Leone is planning to enter in the distribution of rice in Sierra Leone for which
plans are being finalized for importation. Mr. Hamid stated that his strategies for the next two years involve
fast revenue generating activities in the country to strengthen the firm liquidity position at the country
level. Rice is the national staple food for Sierra Leone and it is a fast turnover commodity.
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Kwaplah International (Liberia), Inc. Introduces Mr. Abednego Dahn
Kwaplah International (Liberia), Inc. has appointed a new Manager, Mr. Abednego Dahn,
who takes over from Acting Country Manager Mr. Ebenezer Vonhm. Kwaplah thanks Mr. Vonhm for his leadership in
Liberia as Acting Country Manager after the passing of the late Mr. George Bolo.
Pictured (left to right): Mr. Abdul Fatta Hamid — New Country Manager for Kwaplah Sierra Leone; Mr. Korku Nutsugah — Country Manager for Kwaplah Ghana & Regional Manager for West Africa; Mr. Vonhm — the out-going Country Manager for Liberia; Mr. Mahn — President / CEO; Mr. Abednego Dahn — the incoming Country Manager for Kwaplah Liberia.
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Kwaplah International Receives a System Contract Award from United Nation High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR)
Headquarters (USA) - The United Nations High Commission for Refugee has awarded Kwaplah International, Inc. of Corvallis, Oregon (USA) a System Contract to supply various types of Generators. The contract that spans over five years requires that Kwaplah deliver these generators from the factory to all refugee centers around the world on a FCA basis. The estimated value of the contract is yet to be determined but historical purchase patterns show that it will exceed $2.0 Million each year. Accepting the Award, the President thanks Mr. Goran, the Chief Procurement Office for the business and assure UNHCR that Kwaplah is committed to insuring that this contract is executed seamlessly throughout its duration.
As it may be recalled, in 2005 Kwaplah received a System Contract from United Nations Headquarters in
New York to supply selected office equipment to the UN Peace Keeping Mission and Field Offices around
the world. The contract was successfully executed and it has been extended for another two years.
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Kwaplah International, Inc. Awarded Exporter or the Year 2007
From the article:
Kwaplah International of Corvallis, Ore., has been awarded a 2007 ThinkGlobal/Commercial News USA Exporter of the Year award from ThinkGlobal Inc., publisher of Commercial News USA, the official export promotion magazine of the U.S. Commerce Department.
These awards are given to 15 American companies, one in each of 15 business categories, based on criteria such as total percentage increase in sales, commitment to exporting, and commitment to customer service.Full text: "Oregon Company Named Exporter of the Year by U.S. Export Promotion Magazine"
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