Year 1 | Edition 16 | 18 December 2018
[Ghana] Esoko empowers farmers communication, bolstering markets

Esoko, a Ghanaian technology firm, is empowering farmers to get better prices for their products at a time, connecting them directly with the traders.

Launched in 2005, Esoko provides real-time information about market pricing, as well as three-day weather forecasts and even agricultural tips and techniques-all via text messages. The company serves one million farmers, half or them in Ghana and the rest spread across 19 African countries...

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Xalam Analytics: Can Data Localization Laws Boost African Cloud and Colocation Markets?
On the surface, requiring companies to host data locally would seem an attractive option to foster local industry and data sovereignty. The question is whether it ultimately does more harm than good.

Last August, an Indian expert panel committee released its initial recommendations for the country’s upcoming privacy law, including a requirement for companies to store Indian user data in servers physically located in the country...

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[Column] Chetan Goshalia, Kickstarting the future: The South African entrepreneur

The small to medium enterprise (SME) is the lifeblood of the economy. In Brazil, more than 16 million small to microenterprises make up around 20% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

In India, 26 million SMEs make up around 8% of the country’s GDP. And in Germany, the small to mid-sized business is not just the foundation of the country’s economic success, but the benchmark for global success stories...

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[Interview] Tony Idugboe, Vice President, Itanna, Nigeria
Tony Idugboe is Vice President, Head of Investments at Itanna, an investment vehicle that drives and supports Nigeria's most promising tech-enabled startups through Honeywell Group's business acumen, investment and mentorship.

Could you introduce your company?

Itanna is a Corporate Venture Capital platform backed by the Honeywell Group. The platform is conceived to be a place where Africa’s top talent can bring their ideas, visions, expertise, and resources to create a new wave of businesses...

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News Headlines

Globalstar successful completes MSS and terrestrial authorizations across Africa 20-06-2019 | 09:53:00
Globalstar has announced that it has received MSS and terrestrial authorizations in South Africa, Mozambique, Gabon, and Rwanda.

Bolt expands across major cities in Kenya 20-06-2019 | 08:47:08
Ride-hailing platform Bolt is set to launch its operations in 3 major urban centers in Kenya, setting the stage for a continued push to expand its market footprint within the country.

[Nigeria] Healthtech startup MDaaS Global closes on $1m seed funding 20-06-2019 | 08:46:46
Healthtech company MDaaS Global, which is building a network of tech-enabled diagnostic facilities in Nigeria, has closed on seed funding totaling US$1 million.

[South Africa] Carte Blanche opens a new paediatric burns unit in KwaZulu-Natal 20-06-2019 | 08:41:41
The Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust has prioritized the upliftment of paediatric facilities and services for trauma and burns patients at Ngwelezana Hospital, where the wards were seriously dilapidated and under-resourced.

[Ghana] Smiths Detection to deploy cargo screening technology at Tema Port 20-06-2019 | 05:12:31
Smiths Detection has won a contract with Meridian Port Services Limited (MPS) to provide cargo inspection technology for the major Tema Port Expansion project in Ghana.

[Kenya] InterswitchSPAK STEM competition ends with Central region emerging top 20-06-2019 | 04:40:54
Secondary schools in the Central Region have emerged tops in the just-ended National Qualifying Test for the ongoing InterswitchSPAK STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competition.

[Kenya] Visa, KCB Bank, and BAK Collaborate to digitize payments for Boda Boda Operators 20-06-2019 | 03:51:04
Visa, a leader in digital payments, has collaborated with KCB Bank Kenya and the Boda Boda Safety Association of Kenya (BAK) to digitize payments for the motorcycle transport operators.

[South Africa] Birst 7 brings centralized and decentralized analytics to the enterprise 19-06-2019 | 12:13:36
Birst recently announced Birst 7, a major new software release that brings centralised and decentralised analytics to the enterprise, in a single platform.

Visa collaborates with IBS Bank Somalia to drive payments inclusion 19-06-2019 | 10:50:00
IBS Bank has today announced a partnership with Visa to deepen its payments services in Somalia by going live with its acquiring business on the Visa platform.

[Column] Riaan Graham: Africa’s Wi-Fi Growth In Full Force 19-06-2019 | 08:46:35
World Wi-Fi Day is celebrated every year on June 20th, signifying a day where governments, industries and consumers recognise the important role of Wi-Fi in socio-economic development.

KoreConX announces first fully compliant digital securities offering for Africa and Middle East 19-06-2019 | 06:47:00
KoreConX has announced that Libra Project, a world decentralized green utility, has chosen the KoreProtocol as its official protocol for their Digital Securities Offering.

Google opens applications for its Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge in Africa 19-06-2019 | 04:41:12
A few months after expanding Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge to Africa, Google has now announced that accepting application submissions from news organisations across the region.

MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowships program to provide $120,00 to six East African startup entrepreneurs 19-06-2019 | 04:17:53
Six East African startup entrepreneurs from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda will receive $20,00 each from MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowships program.

iWay Africa partners with Panda Security to address Cybersecurity in Kenya 19-06-2019 | 04:02:39
Global cybersecurity firm Panda Security and leading Integrated Communication Solutions Provider, iWay Africa – Kenya, have formed a strategic cyber alliance to address Cybersecurity in Kenya.

GBI pioneers multi-national SD-WAN in Middle East & Africa with Nuage Networks 19-06-2019 | 03:52:00
Nokia announced that inter-connect carrier Gulf Bridge International (GBI) will use the Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0 solution to offer their enterprise customers optimized connectivity between branches and private and public clouds.


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