QNET holds interactive forum, debunks negative misconceptions

Jan 13, 2021, 10:13 AM | Article By: Yunus S. Saliu

QNET in collaboration with the Network of Finance and Tax Reporters (NFTR) Sunday, 10 January 2021 held a one-day long interactive forum with members of press to give firsthand information about the QNET and also address some circulated misconceptions about its operation in The Gambia.

QNET is a global e-commerce based direct selling company that provides customers around the world with unique high-quality products and services, while giving them the opportunity to build a sales business by promoting these products.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Biram Fall, regional general manager, Sub-Saharan Africa disclosed that QNET’s “strength lies in its diversity.”

He used his presentation to give a comprehensive background of QNET and its operations.

He disclosed that the QNET was established in 1998 with headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, while having offices and agents in over 25 countries across the globe.

Mr. Faal indicated that QNET currently has over 1000 staff, with distributors of over six million plus while the e-commerce company has business in one hundred plus countries.

“It is a truly global business direct selling company with a proud Asian heritage and part of $180.6 Billion Global Direct Selling Industry,” he noted.

He dilated on QNET direct selling and pyramid scheme, the direct selling he noted involved high quality legitimate products and services, comprehensive compensation plans in place, does not offer commissions based on recruitment, well established policies and procedures, and clear code of ethics in place, and with top notch training programmes in place.

QNET business and marketing tools include aspire, product portfolio, company profile, category guide, poster and pitch card.

The e-commerce company training programmes are among other activities of the company as listed business fundamentals, product training, leadership, professional marketing, and personal development.

Other countries benefiting from the QNET Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa include Cote d’ Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad.

Talking about Africa projects, he said in the sub Saharan Africa region, Rhythm Foundation currently supports 4 active projects across Senegal, Ghana, and Tanzania. “These projects support learning and literacy programmes for children, sustainable agriculture and fund awareness programmes on the health risks of female general mutilation.”

More so, “we have supported different types of sports through the years, not just because it helps us share our brand with a wider audience, but also because we recognise the similarities between sports and entrepreneurship. Hard work, commitment, teamwork, and focus – these are the trade one needs to succeed in both business and sports.”

He added that that was why over the years QNET supported team sports such as hockey, Formula One and football, and also partnered with sporting events in badminton and tennis.

He acclaimed that QNET “is the official direct selling partner of Manchester City Football Club, a partnership that is truly world-class. Additionally, QNET also supports talented individuals in mountaineering, martial arts and motorsports. And as well as the official direct selling partner of CAF.”

Answering scores of questions from members of press corps, Mr. Fall therefore recognised and applauded them for their support and for taking time to attend the daylong forum, asking questions about the general misconceptions of the people about their local independent agents in The Gambia.

Abdoullahi Nyockeh, president of Network of Finance and Tax Reporters (NFTR), expressed his network’s profound gratitude to the QNET entourage and its local independent representative in the country in ensuring that the media engagement forum came into being.

He gave a brief background of the network whose primary objective is to serve as a watchdog and ensure that there is a fair play of tax payment between the business community, government and the tax authority.

Among its other objectives, he said, is to educate and sensitise the public on the importance of tax to government and develop effective device against money laundering and finance in our sub region.

He explained that the idea of organising the forum between the QNET and members of the press was due to the widespread misconception and misinformation being circulated through social media within Gambian communities.

Based on this speculation and misconception “NFTR Gambia Chapter finds it fit to sensitise the public in conjunction with QNET to enable the company clear all skepticisms and rumours about its operations.

Muhammed Sanyang, from DHK FM Radio, also added that the forum earned the media firsthand information about QNET as there were series of allegations regarding its operations in the country.

Haddy Jallow among others made remarks and as well shared personal experiences with the press at the forum.