Year 4 | Edition 15 | 21 July 2017
Nigeria to rake in $1.2bn from commercialising drone services

The Federal Government has concluded plans to put a policy in place for the regulation of use of drones for commercial purposes. This is coming amid reports that Nigeria has become one of the developing economies with an increasing use of the unmanned aircraft...

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Continental Free Trade Area negotiations moving in the right direction, African Trade Policy Centre

Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) negotiations are moving in the right direction and at the desired pace, with the first phase of the negotiations expected to be concluded by the end of 2017, Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), David Luke has said...

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[Kenya] M-Shule receives cash investment from Engineers without Borders Canada to scale education by SMS

Engineers Without Borders Canada has announced its investment in M-Shule, a Kenyan-based EdTech company using SMS to deploy tailored education content for children in Sub-Saharan Africa...

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[Interview] Bako Ambianda, Chairman and CEO, Labacorp Group Limited, Cameroon

Labacorp Group has built a name and legacy in key economic sectors spanning real estate, agribusiness, manufacturing and construction among others.

It oversees the activities of nine wholly owned-majority owned operating member companies, and manages the assets and liabilities of the member companies without directly doing business as an entity...

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[South Africa] Entersekt appoints Pattison Mutambiranwa senior Vice President for Middle East and Africa
Stellenbosch-headquartered fintech company Entersekt has appointed ICT industry veteran Pattison Mutambiranwa as senior vice president Middle East and Africa...

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Afreximbank, Kings College Hospital enter agreement with Health Ministry for Healthcare Centre of Excellence in Nigeria

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Kings College Hospital (KCH), London, and the Nigerian Ministry of Health have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate in developing a centre of excellence for healthcare in Nigeria...

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SAP Skills for Africa launches East African chapter with participation from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia

SAP Skills for Africa has launched its first-ever East African programme at an event held in Nairobi, Kenya. Skills for Africa is a skills development initiative between SAP Africa, its customers, and various public and private sector partners...

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Rwanda and World Bank sign agreement to expand acquisition of quality skills

The Government of Rwanda and the World Bank have signed a $ 120 million to support the expansion of opportunities for the acquisition of quality, market-relevant skills in selected economic sectors...

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[Startup Interview] Frank Balestra, Founder, AB Minerals & Made for Africa Eco-Friendly solution

Frank Balestra is a Canadian who has lived in Africa the better part of the last five years, both in the DRC and Rwanda. This has given him a good understanding of the people, the African culture, the countries and the coltan industry.

His vision is to create a coltan processing solution that can be implemented in the countries where the coltan is produced, allowing for its value to remain in the country while creating socioeconomic benefits for the people and their country...

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[Uganda] United Bank for Africa rolls out Debit Mastercard in cashless payments drive

United Bank for Africa (UBA) has announced the rollout of the Debit Mastercard card in Uganda to financially support its citizens. Focused on displacing cash, the electronic payment solution will deliver a quick, convenient and secure payment alternative for all citizens instantly...

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[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: The creative industry can champion sustainable consumption

Our quest to attain a green economy should be broad-based and inclusive. But we cannot achieve this if the vision of sustainability is not shared by every one of us.

The common mistake, when it comes to developing and implementing sustainable initiatives, has been fencing the discussions in boardrooms and high-level meetings and thereafter straight into the grass-roots to begin the implementation...

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CloudMargin and Strate Collateral Management introduce automation to South African OTC Derivatives Contributors
South African market participants can now enjoy unprecedented automation and straight-through processing by leveraging newly available, integrated cloud-based technology to exchange tri-party...

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[Column] Mukhisa Kituyi: Faster, better and together: the road to inclusive e-commerce in Africa

Small is beautiful, small is powerful”. This is the creed embedded in the foundation of a global e-commerce giant: Alibaba. But the creed does not only define the genesis of a company. It also reflects the power and scope of e-commerce around the globe...

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[South Africa] DSASA shows 35% growth in direct selling businesses amidst downgraded economy
In an economy facing a third possible downgrade, mounting living costs and scarce jobs opportunities, it’s reassuring that the direct selling industry is one of the few sectors showing growth over the past 18 months...

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Nigeria internet users hits 91 million - NCC report

According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), by May this year, Nigeria hit the 91 million mark in terms of internet users in the country...

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Elgon Kenya becomes first agro input company in East and Central Africa to attain Superbrands status
Leading agro input company Elgon Kenya has been awarded the 2017-2018 Superbrands East Africa status becoming the first agro input company in the region, in a development that demonstrates the company’s...

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African fruit producers and exporters form association to champion interests of fruit farming


Kenya joins UNCTAD’s Empretec Network promoting entrepreneurship


Cape Town is the most trusted municipality in 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Index - SAcsi


Tunisia, Switzerland sign energy transition agreement


[Nigeria] NNPC collaborates with US based Halliburton for oil search in Inland Basins


Africa-wide cryptocurrency adoption requires decentralised model - Heinrich Springhorn


Tanzania wins $21.7 million from Climate Investment Funds to advance geothermal exploration and transform its energy sector


Gigawatt Global expands its green energy offerings in Africa with Burundi street lighting project


[Togo] BBOXX to install 30,000 solar home systems in five years


Vodacom minority shareholders vote in favour of Safaricom transaction


Oumar Seydi appointed IFC Regional Director for Sub Saharan Africa


Africa Plantation Capital expands Kenyan operations

African CEO's wanted for interviews!
Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with African CEO's and CEO's of companies doing business in Africa...

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African Startups wanted for interviews!

Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa...

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2nd Annual Call Center Conference Africa | 22-24 August 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya
There is a growing desire to digitise African contact centres in order to make them as competitive, cost-efficient and customer-centric as possible. These emerging centres are being designed to exceed the expectations of an increasingly digital African population, not to mention BPO customers from around the world...

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Argus West Africa Roads
The inaugural Argus West Africa Roads conference and exhibition will explore upcoming infrastructure projects and opportunities for doing business in the region.

Taking place in Accra, Ghana on 28 – 30 November 2017, join leaders in the asphalt, bitumen and road construction industries as they explore the main logistical, economical and supply challenges, and the best practices to do business and move ahead in the region...

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