Factional fighting between the government and its opponents remains a drag on economic revitalization in countries across the world, Central African Republic is not left behind in this as crisis across the country has been longterm and characterised by sporadic surges of violence against a backdrop of state disintegration, a survival economy and deep inter-ethnic cleavages. However, these has not stopped entrepreneurs across the country from driving strategic development in various sector.
One of the entrepreneurs making giant strides in the country is Philippe Junior Sibiro. In 2011, Philippe made an observation of the lack of depth and activities in the digital space in Central African Republic especially the development of applications web and mobile. In relation to this, he launched SPJ Labs a small 80% digital company., but it is in 2014 that several free and downloadable services were put online, and new services will be available in 2017.
SPJ specializes in application development (web and mobile), content local internet, social networking pages and as well providing professional development of applications, local internet content, social networking pages to customers based on request and giving access to the different templates of their applications to their choice in relation to the specifications.
With great improvement in communication and marketing activities of SPJ over the past year which he says he owes to his learning from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, Philpppe is on the right track to make SPJ Labs the leading manufacturer of digital services and products specializing in application development, local internet content, incubation services, green solutions and coaching in Central African Republic.
Recognising the need to carry others along and impact his community which has suffered greatly from the crisis, Philippe and his team have also extended knowledge and his services to his immediate community by offering free training for youth on the use of information technology
Through SPJ, Philippe has also found a way to extend his entrepreneurial passion to other key sectors in CAR starting up Ecology, a product of SPJ Labs with interests in Agro-forestry and Recycling. Through Ecology, SPJ has acquired half a hectare of plantation of teaks (furniture) and in recycling – developed a small unit of processing handicraft: production of bags, clothes, carpets plastic object that have been put on the market.
The journey for Philippe does not stop with his country as he is poised to growing SPJ to a power house in the Central African region and indeed across Africa
To learn more about SPJ visit http://www.spjlabs.cf and contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org