Year 4 | Edition 15 | 22 August 2017
Qualcomm Wireless Reach in Nigeria
[Interview] Kyle Moss, Government Affairs Program Manager, Qualcomm Wireless Reach

Kyle Moss serves as a government affairs program manager and head of global entrepreneurship for Qualcomm Wireless Reach. Based in San Diego, Moss designs, implements, and manages social impact programs throughout Africa, Asia, and the US.

Would you introduce Qualcomm Wireless Reach?

Qualcomm believes access to advanced wireless technologies can improve people’s lives. Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally...

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The first Harvard Africa Alumni Action Forum kicks off in Ghana with a call to action

Harvard University will host the first Harvard Africa Alumni Action Forum (HAAAF) in Accra, Ghana on 24 – 26 August 2017 where global thought leaders, politicians, business and public leaders, Alumni and friends of Harvard and Africa will gather to address the challenges, successes and discuss the way forward for Africa...

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[Startup Interview] Hope Okoronkwo, Founder, L’insoumis Ghana Ltd

Africa Business Communities interviews Hope Okoronkwo , the founder and CEO of L'insoumis Ghana Ltd. The startup has cut a niche in the humanwear business targeting executives who do not want to travel abroad to buy export quality menswear...

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Worldwide automated windows industry predicted to grow at 5.12 per cent by 2023

Market research future published a half cooked research report on global automated windows market. The global automated windows market is expected to grow around 5.12% CAGR during the period 2017 to 2023...

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MTN Ghana pays over GH₵25m in interest to mobile money subscribers

MTN Ghana has made payments of over GH₵ 25 million in interest to about 7.8 million Mobile Money customers for the first half of 2017.

The GH¢ 25 Million comprises of GH¢ 13.6 million paid in May for quarter...

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[Startup Interview] Axel Peyriere, Co-Founder, AfricarGroup

Axel Peyriere is co-founder of the number one car classifieds websites in Africa, the AfricarGroup, which covers 22 countries and translated into 10 local dialects of the continent. His interview with Africa Business Communities...

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Rwandair set to expand operations to Guinea, Mali and Senegal

RwandAir, the national carrier of the republic of Rwanda, will from 30th September 2017 commence three weekly operations to Conakry Guinea, Bamako Mali and Dakar in Senegal from its new hub in Cotonou (Benin).

This is in addition to the three destinations, Libreville (Gabon), Brazzaville (Congo), and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) that are already served from Cotonou effective 30th August...

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[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Government economic policy must be clearly articulated for it to be effective
The competitiveness and profitability of any business is hugely impacted by changes in market regulations and government policies. It is for this reason that consistency in regulations and predictability of these policies is fundamental to the stability of local businesses...

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[Uganda] AgDevCo invests $450,000 in Talian Company to scale up operations

AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor, has announced a $450,000 debt investment into a Ugandan milling business, Talian Company Limited.

Talian Company is a family-run milling business producing quality maize and cassava flour for regional food exports and for industrial use...

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[Startup Interview] Brenda Achere, Chief Engagement Officer, Africa, MEDxCare
MEDx eHealthCenter (also known as MEDxCare) is a global IT SAAS (Software As A Service) solution, being a multi-service digital Hospital platform, targeting the needs of HealthCare Seekers and HealthCare Providers in...

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Absa Bank Limited and China Development Bank conclude a $100 million agreement targeting SMEs

Absa Bank Limited, a subsidiary of the Barclays Africa Group, has successfully concluded a five year $100 million Special Facility Agreement with the China Development Bank (CDB)...

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Rwanda lays foundation stone of the $700 million Bugesera International Airport

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has laid the foundation stone of the country’s newest transportation hub, the Bugesera International Airport.

“I am pleased to join you today to break ground for this important national project. We are as determined as you are to see this airport completed and operational...

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Barclays Africa Group to collaborate with nine fintech companies to test potential for scaling tech based solutions

Barclays Africa Group, one of Africa’s largest financial services group with close to 12 million customers, will collaborate with nine financial technology companies to rapidly explore promising new technology-based solutions that could prompt...

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[Tanzania] Armadale completes first phase of drilling in the Mahenge Liandu graphite project
Armadale, the AIM quoted Investment Company focused on natural resource projects in Africa, has announced the c ompletion of the first phase of Reverse Circulation drilling at its Mahenge Liandu Graphite Project...

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[Column] Bob Koigi: Keeping the African flower more competitive in the wake of climate change

African countries notably Kenya and Ethiopia continue to feature prominently in the global flower industry with the sector being on a meteoric rise flower industry has been on a meteoric rise, both in production and exports...

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[South Africa] Direct Pay Online Group acquires Virtual Card Services
Direct Pay Online Group (DPO) has announced the acquisition of Virtual Card Services (VCS) South Africa. This marks the completion of DPO’s purchase of VCS Group, post the earlier acquisition of VCS Namibia and VCS Botswana...

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Nigeria’s oil production cost down 70.5% to $23/barrel

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has driven down the cost of crude oil production from $78 dollars per barrel as at August 2015 to $23 per barrel representing 70.5 per cent reduction...

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[Nigeria] 12 banks relieve 9Mobile of $1.2b debt
The 12 banks involved in the $1.2 billion 9Mobile loan are setting aside a large part of the debt from their books ahead of the December 31 end-date for the fiscal year...

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Kenya and Uganda farmers boost yields, grow incomes with radio

A growing number of smallholding farmers in Kenya and Uganda will continue to boost household incomes, improve nutrition and ease of pressure on forests, thanks to interactive radio programs that have in just two years rubberstamped the unrivaled role...

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BMW 7 Series Individual by Esther Mahlangu now in South Africa

26 years ago, Esther Mahlangu, a South African Ndebele artist, was the first woman to create artwork on a BMW 525i Sedan turning it into a unique and colourful BMW Art Car...

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Africa emerging markets in hospitality profit from foreign investment
The hospitality sector in Africa’s emerging markets looks set to profit from foreign investment and an influx of foreign travelers. The emerging markets are set to post faster growth in revenue than their counterparts...

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[Angola] Angonix now third largest Internet Exchange Point in Africa

In just two years, Angonix,  an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) based in Luanda Angola, has grown exponentially to become the third largest African IXP. With peak traffic of 10.8 Gbps as recorded in July 2017, Angonix has become a competitive force in Angola and the sub-Saharan region...

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OPEC Fund for International Development and Tanzania sign $18 million loan for 51 kilometer road project

OPEC Fund for International Development, OFID, and Tanzanian government have signed an $18 million public sector loan agreement for the Uvinza–Malagarasi Road Project...

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[Nigeria] Skye Bank unveils SkyeXperience, a new digital solution

Skye Bank, one of Nigeria's largest retail banks, over the weekend unveiled a new digital banking solution called Skyexperience.

The solution which is developed in collaboration with Oracle Corporation, the world's leading computer technology company has been described...

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Off grid solar will transform business in Nigeria, Lumos


Bolloré Logistics delivers two boilers for Heineken


Tuluntulu partners with Rhodes Business School and Nedbank to launch economic empowerment TV channel


Bill Gates invests $15 million to digitize Tanzania’s health sector


Chad adopts mining policy and code aligned to the Africa Mining Vision


Namibia, South Africa and Botswana entrepreneurs to benefit from $3 million Stanford Graduate School of Business program


[South Africa] Direct Pay Online Group acquires Virtual Card Services


Ghana launches Country Profile to inform economic growth agenda


Nigeria’s oil production cost down 70.5% to $23/barrel


L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals establishes its first subsidiary in Rwanda


American gourmet burger concept Burgerim ventures into Egypt


[South Africa] Vodacom Business launches Virtual CIO to support SMMEs


Mental health finally gaining recognition in South Africa’s workplace - CRS Technologies


Somalia approves the National Communications Act


[Tanzania] AB Minerals Corp signs MoU with African Minerals & Geosciences Centre for Strategic Partnership


[Kenya] Safaricom signs agreement with UN Environment to upscale implementation of sustainable goals


[Kenya] Telkom Board gets independent members


BMW 7 Series Individual by Esther Mahlangu now in South Africa


Africa emerging markets in hospitality profit from foreign investment


[Nigeria] ACDI/VOCA launches Alliance Agriculture to create millionaire farmers


Kaspersky experts unearth how attackers use backdoor to steal companies’ data


[South Africa] Blue Label Telecoms completes 45 per cent buyout of Cell C


Rupali Gupta appointed head of investor relations at Africa 50


Air Zimbabwe picks Seabury Solutions to provide aircraft maintenance system

African CEO's wanted for interviews!
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[Free Webinar] Utilizing dynamic partnerships to ignite innovation in Africa
Qualcomm®, a company whose technologies powered the smartphone revolution and connected billions of people, will introduce their Qualcomm Wireless Reach™ initiative. This initiative’s innovative approach to...

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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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African Startups wanted for interviews!
Africa Business Communities is conducting a series of interviews with startup businesses in Africa...

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