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Africa Channel Academy: 2014 Awards - NOMINATIONS

by Stuart Wilson, Thursday 19 June 2014

DISTREE Africa 2014 hosts the ‘Africa Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’ as part of a packed event agenda. Distributors, resellers and retailers operating in African ICT and consumer electronics (CE) channels will vote live to select their preferred technology brands across nine product categories. The official list of vendor nominations has now been published.

During the last few weeks, hundreds of channel partners across Africa have submitted nomination forms to create a shortlist of vendors in each product category. The confirmed list of official vendor nominations (displayed in alphabetical order) by category is as follows:

• PCs: Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba

• TABLETS: Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Quantum, Samsung

• PC ACCESSORIES: Belkin, Logitech, Microsoft, Promate, Targus

• TABLET & PHONE ACCESSORIES: Belkin, Energy Sistem, Logitech, Promate, Targus

• STORAGE: Imation, Sandisk, Seagate, Toshiba, WD

• SMARTPHONES & MOBILES: HTC, Huawei, LG, Nokia, Samsung, Tecno Mobile

• NETWORKING: Belkin-Linksys, Cisco, D-Link, Netgear, TP-Link

• SOFTWARE: Bitdefender, Eset, Kaspersky, Microsoft, Symantec (Norton)

• PRINTING: Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Lexmark

Farouk Hemraj, CEO at DISTREE Events, said: “During the ‘Africa Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’ Gala Dinner, hundreds of African channel partners will use a live electronic voting system to select the overall winners.”

In addition to vendor awards by product category, this year’s ceremony also includes six categories where the nominations are determined by a VIP Channel Jury of regional experts prior to the live vote. The VIP Jury will meet during DISTREE Africa to compile the list of nominated companies for each of the following categories:

• B2B CHANNEL PERFORMANCE: Vendor of the Year

• B2C CHANNEL PERFORMANCE: Vendor of the Year

• NEW ENTRANT: Vendor of the Year

• VOLUME: Distributor of the Year

• SPECIALIST: Distributor of the Year

• DISTREE AFRICA 2014: Best in Show

“We are delighted to host the ‘Africa Channel Academy: 2014 Awards’ as part of the inaugural DISTREE Africa,” added Hemraj. “These are awards that actually mean something and recognise true channel excellence.”

An invitation-only event, DISTREE Africa offers pre-qualified African ICT and CE channel partners a compelling combination of one-on-one meetings, conference programme, exhibition, awards, technology showcases and workshop sessions to deliver a comprehensive business development platform.

Channel EMEA is an official Media Partner for DISTREE Africa 2014

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