Year 4 | Edition 17 | 15 December 2017
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
[South Africa] Economic pressure, poor coordination of basic education hurt ICT skills development, survey

The 2017 JCSE ICT Skills Survey has revealed that economic pressure, a delay in policy implementation and lack of improvement in South Africa’s basic education are key concerns for skills development in the ICT sector...

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Renewable energy shifts South African power commodity market towards transmission equipment upgrades, report
The South African power commodity market is changing, and renewable energy is taking centre stage. The growing contribution of renewable power and its inherent intermittent nature will drive demand for upgraded...

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[Column] Phylis Wakiaga: Protecting intellectual property rights to drive industrialization

In the 2017 Global Innovation Index, institutions that nurture and support the flourishing of innovation, regardless of whether it is research-based or not, were identified as critical to industrial growth...

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Kenya’s GDP growth slumps to 4.9 per cent in 2017, but can rebound over the medium term, World Bank

Economic activity in Kenya is likely to have declined to its weakest level in five years, says the World Bank’s Kenya Economic Update released in Nairobi. GDP growth is estimated to drop to 4.9% in 2017, a 0.6 percentage point dip from the earlier forecast of 5.5% growth...

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[Column] Peter Eigen: Transparency is key to corruption-free infrastructure in Africa
Corruption is nothing new and it’s certainly not unique to Africa. When I worked in the World Bank’s East Africa office back in 1991, it was not just common to see multi-national companies in developed countries pay bribes...

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[Column] Jens Ischebeck: Four key essentials of e-learning in Africa

The rate of technological advancement in Africa is growing rapidly. Introduction of computer and internet in the 20th century has significantly improved the way of life across the globe and in the African continent...

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[Startup Interview] Traverse King, co founder, Test Heroes Consulting, South Africa

Traverse King is the co-founder of Test Heroes Consulting, a South African startup that has positioned itself as the market leader in testing web and standalone applications to improve productivity and minimize business costs...

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APM Terminals launches refrigerated trucks for Nigerian farmers
APM Terminals, in conjunction with Naija Pride and with the assistance of international development groups, is working to provide modern cold chain transportation alternatives for farmers in the...

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[Column] Kamal Mokrani: Wireless services in Africa
While Africa is seeing an increase in demand for connectivity in order to bridge the ever-present digital divide between urban and rural areas, the bottlenecks experienced when backhauling data streams...

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Kenya hits one million 4G customers milestone

For the first time ever, Kenya has achieved the milestone of one million active 4G customers. Safaricom said the milestone was achieved on the back of an expanding 4G network, increased affordability of 4G smartphones and more affordable data bundles...

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Rwanda and Republic of Korea sign $7 million to support IT development in schools

The Government of Rwanda and the Republic of Korea signed a financing agreement worth $7 million to support ICT development in schools. Dubbed Capacity Development for ICT in Education (CADIE), the three year support (2017-2020) is set to help equip...

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Emerging technologies are a new revenue opportunities for African Telcos - SAP Africa
Although Africa's largest telco operators are generally showing growth in their customer bases, it is public knowledge that revenue growth has somewhat stalled to as little as 1% year on year...

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World Bank and Egypt sign $1.15 billion loan to boost economy, create jobs
The World Bank and Egypt signed a US$ 1.15 billion loan agreement today to support ongoing reforms that have helped stabilize the economy, mobilized US$17 billion in private investments in the energy sector...

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[Column] Bob Koigi: Tackling information gap in Sub Saharan Africa to spur farming renaissance
Sub Saharan Africa is home to dozens of internationally respected agricultural research institutions majority who have their head offices in the region. Since their establishment they have come up with thousands of...

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Nigeria signs joint declaration on economic cooperation with European Free Trade Association

Nigeria has signed a joint declaration on Economic Cooperation with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the sidelines of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)...

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IMF approves $170 million credit facility to Guinea to support national social and economic development plan

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Guinea for an amount equivalent to $170 million, or 56.25 percent of Guinea’s quota...

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Nestlé unveils two projects to tackle Africa’s youth unemployment and food demand
Nestlé through its HENRi@Nestlé open innovation platform, has today unveiled two new projects aimed at addressing some of the most pressing issues facing African countries including Kenya...

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Better Mill Initiative gains government support for expansion in Ethiopia

The Future of Work in Nigeria - GE Nigeria report

A new breed of leaders needed to harness growth and social returns in Africa - Debbie Goodman-Bhyat

[Egypt] The Almas Jiwani Foundation announces new strategic partnership with Lions Legacy International

Lesego Digital Village to address healthcare challenges in North West South Africa


SNEPCo links Nigerian and Chinese suppliers in latest effort to develop Nigerian content

Mobisol receives $25 million funding in six months from Investec Asset Management as follow on investment

[Nigeria] 577 firms bid for NNPC insurance renewal program

European Investment Bank and Banque Misr provide €250 million to finance SMEs in Egypt

Women, youth and SMEs to benefit from African Development Bank’s $100 million loan to Mauritius


African Guarantee Fund receives ‘AA-‘Fitch rating on strong business model and operational strategy

[Morocco] National Aviation Services launches New Pearl lounges at Marrakech Menara Airport

Ethiopia receives $170million credit facility from World Bank to boost fisheries and livestock sectors

Africa Development Bank commits $153 million to upgrade Namibia’s road and rail network

North Africa among key global drivers of tourism growth in 2017, UNWTO World Tourism Barometer


WorldRemit raises $40million, targets expansion to Egypt

[Egypt] Huawei announces New OpenLab in Cairo to build ICT ecosystem in Northern Africa

Imperial Logistics receives revised license for pharmaceutical bonded facilities in Africa

[Nigeria] MainOne and Tizeti partner with Facebook to improve internet connectivity in Lagos

Kenyan environmentalist turns trash into treasure

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