Year 5 | Edition 8 | 16 August 2018
[Africa Tech Week] African Startups shortlisted for major awards

This has been perhaps one of the busiest weeks for African startups seeking funding to improve the operations or products. Ecobank announced the 11 startups that have been shortlisted for its 2nd edition of the annual Ecobank Fintech Challenge...

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[Column] Sachen Gudka: High power costs threaten Kenya’s manufacturing

The announcement of the new power tariffs by Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has indicated an unexpected increase in energy costs for all in the country...

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[Ghana] PassionAir acquires three Q400 aircraft from Bombardier

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has announced that the company successfully placed three pre-owned Q400 turboprops with PassionAir from the Republic of Ghana...

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[South Africa] Vantage GreenX funds six renewable energy projects

Vantage GreenX Fund Managers have announced that through its second renewable energy fund, Vantage GreenX Note II, it has provided R2.05bn of funding to a combination of six solar and wind energy projects with a combined capacity of 433MW...

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ImpalaPay Kenya and PesaChoice Rwanda complete pilot on blockchain

ImpalaPay Kenya and PesaChoice of Rwanda have successfully concluded pilot test of cross-border mobile money transfer on the stellar blockchain...

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Nairobi-Addis Ababa road corridor boosts trade in the Horn of Africa

The 895-km highway corridor linking Kenya and Ethiopia has not only eased cross-border traffic between the two countries, but is a major push for economic integration within Africa, resulting in jobs and improved livelihoods across the Horn region...

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KAM, GIZ launch project to boost manufacturing SMEs in East Africa

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) have launched a project seeking to promote manufacturing SMEs in East Africa by scaling up their business operations...

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[Nigeria] Zenith Bank introduces Qwerty banking

Nigerian financial institution, Zenith Bank Plc has upgraded its Mobile App to include Qwerty Banking, a new feature that enables users perform banking transactions while chatting on any social messaging platform...

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IFC investment in Egypt hit $1.2 billion in 2018 financial year

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, committed $1.2 billion in Egypt during the recently concluded 2018 fiscal year, helping to create jobs, improve local infrastructure, and boost economic growth...

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[Kenya] Bolloré Logistics enters agreement with Mobius Motors

Bolloré Logistics Kenya has signed a contract to provide logistics services to Mobius Motors, an automotive start-up created in 2011 that manufactures Kenya’s only local vehicle brand...

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Baker McKenzie lawyers discuss the role of women in law in Africa

Bridgett Majola and Itumeleng Mukhovha, lawyers at global law firm Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, have both been included on the list of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 outstanding young South Africans in recent years...

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[South Africa] Altron unveils new brand that redefines doing business

Johannesburg Stock Exchange- listed Altron has unveiled a new brand which ushers in a significant shift ensuring that the company goes to market under a single identity, making it easy for customers to do business with the company...

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Ugandan maize lowers flour prices in Kenya to 6-year low

[Kenya] Safaricom to introduce finger biometric to curb SIM card fraud

African banks partner with Clickatell for WhatsApp business solutions

Liquid Telecom to roll out Sigfox IoT network across Kenya

Investment strategy pays off for Telecom Egypt


Ford Ranger production hits half a million milestone in South Africa

Social Venture Challenge unveils emerging African social entrepreneurs

Visa,Tanzania’s Maxcom Africa Partner to allow Visa On Mobile payments

Half of Sub-Saharan Africa will be connected to mobile by 2025

Andersen Global enters Mozambique market


Angola, South Korea discuss bilateral collaboration

[South Africa] JSE improves in the FTSE responsible investment index

WorldRemit, Safaricom partner for cross-border mobile money transfer

Submissions for the 2018 MTFC Innov8Agric Challenge opened

Microsoft targets Kenya businesses with Kaizala Pro communication app


[Senegal] Petronas buys 30 per cent stake in offshore oil block

Counterfeit pesticides cost farmers Sh120bn in Kenya

Upstream Oil & Gas Awards to be launched in Tanzania

ECOWAS popularizes use of liquefied petroleum gas in the region

COMESA targets women entrepreneurs with digital networking platform

[Survey] Mental Health Knowledge in Africa
In June 2018, the World Health Organization has released a global manual which aim is to help physicians and mental health professionals to diagnose physical and mental health conditions.

In this respect, we need your help!

In this manual Africa is underrepresented in terms of mental health. In order to address this problem, we need the help of you being a resident of Africa...

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AfricaCom 2018: Cape Town | 13-15 November | Attend for Free
Africa’s largest tech, media and telecoms festival returns to Cape Town’s CTICC between the 13-15 November 2018, and you can take your place amongst the world’s leading innovators elevating African ICT and the continent’s digital economy...

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Africa Oil & Gas Industry Professionals wanted for the Africa Business Panel
As cutting-edge technologies such as AI & IoT come into their own around the world, the opportunities for Smart City and FinTech developments in an African context has started to become apparent. How can Artificial Intelligence, 5G, and even African broadcasting fill the continent’s skills gap and drive the burgeoning digital economy...

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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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Join any of our 180 Africa LinkedIn Groups

Africa Business Communities manages 180 LinkedIn Groups. These groups cover every country and every industry on the continent.

Please feel free to join any of these groups and be part of the African conversation...

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