Year 5 | Edition 36 | 14 June 2022
 
The Internet Society pledges to expand internet access in Africa

As the Internet Society (ISOC) celebrates its 30th anniversary as a global nonprofit advocating for an open, globally-connected Internet, the organization is calling for accelerated action to further Internet development throughout the African region.

During the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) 2022 taking place from in Kigali, Rwanda under the theme “Connecting the unconnected to achieve sustainable development”, Dawit Bekele, Regional Vice President of the...

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Dow expands flexible packaging recycling effort across Africa

Dow  has announced the expansion of its Project REFLEX initiative in Egypt and Guinea, following a successful pilot phase in Nigeria. Working together with local partners the initiative aims to increase flexible packaging recycling in Africa to establish a market for recycled contents to help address the waste issue while providing job opportunities for local communities.

The project, which launched in 2020, specifically targets flexible packaging such as plastic water sachets that ensure local communities have access to clean water, to show that it can be collected and recycled to be used in new, quality...

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Orange and DabaDoc launch online health platform for patients and doctors in Africa

Orange and DabaDoc have launched Orange Santé (Orange Healthcare), an online platform dedicated to the health ecosystem in Africa.

The platform is which is aimed at both African patients and doctors and provides access to several services such as online appointment booking, payment for remote consultations by the diaspora, digitized medical records and teleconsultations. The Orange Santé platform is developed in partnership with DabaDoc, the Moroccan start-up in which Orange has...

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Jumia celebrates 10 years of e-commerce in Kenya

Kenya’s leading e-commerce platform Jumia is marking its 10th Anniversary by celebrating consumers, and supporting sellers, and communities. The company’s anniversary-themed ‘10 years with You’ will celebrate customers who have played a key role in changing the e-commerce scene in Kenya.

“I would like to especially thank all Kenyans, who have put their trust in Jumia and brought us to this moment today. We remain committed to the Jumia customer who has changed the e-commerce narrative in Kenya, a decade later. We will...

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[Kenya] Fahari Aviation launches first drone cage facility to spearhead use of drones in the region

Fahari Aviation, a subsidiary of Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has launched the first drone enclosure facility in Kenya. The facility, termed as the Fahari Drone Cage will be used for training and testing of drones and drone equipment.

Through the construction of the Fahari Drone Cage, Fahari Aviation is positioning itself at the forefront of exploring advanced future technologies in aviation and at the same time promoting safe and secure usage of Unmanned Aerial...

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[Kenya] DRSRS signs MoU with agri-tech company Agrvision to develop a smart crop monitoring using AI

The Directorate of Resource Surveys & Remote Sensing (DRSRS) and the Kenyan Smart Agri-Tech Company Agrvision have signed an MoU to develop a nationwide unified platform for crop monitoring and yield forecasting powered by Satellite imagery and artificial intelligence. 

The MoU was signed by Deputy Director of DRSRS Charles Situma and the Chief Operations Officer of Agrvision Oscar Mwai at the DRSRS head office in Nairobi opening a direct engagement between the two institutions on the...

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[Tunisia] Edtech startup GOMYCODE raises $8 Million Series A funding to expand across Africa

Tunisian edtech startup GOMYCODE has raised $8.85 in series A funding, one of the highest African funding this quarter to expand across Africa.

GOMYCODE is a coding-learning startup that was set up in Tunisia by two founders who faced a challenge in finding coders for a project they were undertaking. It was conceptualized in 2017 and has now spread to Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Nigeria. It is the brainchild of two siblings, Amine Bouhlel and Yahya...

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[Kenya] Fintech startup Power Financial Wellness extends healthcare services to its users in new partnership with Penda Health

Kenyan fintech Power Financial Wellness has signed a partnership agreement with private healthcare solutions provider, Penda Health. The agreement is set to see both companies mutually benefit from their tech services.

Power companies and customers will have access to unlimited 24/7 telemedical care provided by Penda Health’s clinicians at an extremely affordable cost. At the same time, Penda Health will join the Power platform to enable a range of affordable and appropriate financial services for their workforce...

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Intracom Telecom announces supply of wireless systems for open mining operations in Africa

Intracom Telecom, the global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor, announced the supply and deployment of its Fixed Wireless Access ecosystem, the WiBAS Point-to-MultiPoint (PtMP) and the uniMS platform, by the operating company of one of the largest mines in the world, located in sub-Saharan Africa.

The use of high-frequency PtMP technology over the vast area of the mine is one of the many uses for this technology. Mining companies take advantage of the latest technology which ensures not only high capacity but also long range to cover...

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Snapplify launches Teacha! edtech in Kenya to support teachers with CBC resources

Global edtech company Snapplify has launched its Teacha! brand in East Africa, making thousands of teaching resources immediately available to teachers. Using the Teacha! resource marketplace, teachers can buy and sell their teaching resources online.

''There is a great need for Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), resources in Kenya at the moment and this is an enormous opportunity – not only for Kenya’s teachers to sell resources they’ve already created and earn extra income...

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Masa Finance partners with African fintech Pngme to provide DeFi services to emerging markets

Silicon Valley DeFi protocol Masa Finance announced it is partnering with African financial data company Pngme to drive the adoption of DeFi credit services in the region.

The partnership will give DeFi lenders across Nigeria and Kenya with access to more than 250 off-chain financial data sources–including credit bureau data–to automate credit decisions through smart contracts while keeping data confidential. Pngme is a credit and lending API that caters to the sub-Saharan market, enabling digital banks and fintechs...

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BCG Digital Ventures launches new innovation centers in India and Morocco

BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV), the corporate innovation and business-building arm of Boston Consulting Group (BCG), is opening innovation centers in New Delhi, Mumbai and Casablanca, Morocco, placing BCGDV in fast-growing ecosystems for pioneering technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and startup creation.

BCGDV will join an established BCG network presence in India and Morocco, creating the opportunity to leverage the combined efforts of BCGDV with BCG GAMMA and BCG Platinion to transform key markets and industries in each...

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[UNICAF] Scholarship Opportunities

Unicaf is an online and blended learning higher education platform that is dedicated to making higher education of international standard accessible, by offering scholarship opportunities to professionals and young school leavers.

What are scholarship opportunities?

A scholarship could be defined as financial aid that relieves the burden of tuition fees and living costs that students and families have to pay to secure a place in secondary and tertiary education. Considering the rising costs of student expenses and debts, we could nowadays describe education...

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The Africa Trade Expo (TATE) | Virtual Conference and Trade Show | 9 March 2022 - 9 March 2023

The Africa Trade Expo (TATE) presents direct access to African buyers whose main aim is to source the latest products, establish partnerships, and conclude import/export deals. TATE is an ongoing virtual trade show for African businesses to network, collaborate, and enter into partnerships with international manufacturers and exporters. Present your new opportunities, network, build relationships and grow your business in African markets...

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Future Foods | African Food & Beverage Industries Virtual Conference & Trade Show | 9 March 2022 - 9 March 2023

Future Foods is a virtual meeting place for importers, F&B managers, retail category buyers, owner-operators, agents, and distributors from across Africa’s diverse and booming market to come to conferences, to network, meet exhibitors, source products, new ingredients, retail shelf-ready products, and the latest processing, packaging, and logistics solutions. Future Foods connects attendees exhibitors across the...

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[Column] Diego Gutierrez: Driving Africa’s inclusive digital economy through smartphone penetration

The world has already witnessed the remarkable force of Fintech in Africa, powered by mobile money. In 2020 the continent’s transaction volume of mobile money was US$2.75 billion with 161 million active accounts.

Combining the popularity of mobile money solutions with smartphone connectivity will drive even greater demand for financial services in Africa’s Fintech sector. For the unbanked and for people living in rural areas who do not have access to fixed infrastructure, mobile connectivity improves individual...

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[Column] Anna Collard: The great phishing fail

In 2021, phishing attacks increased by 7.3% according to the ESET Threat Report and the Cisco 2021 Cybersecurity threat trends report revealed that around 86% of organisations had at least one person click a phishing link.

This echoes the findings of recent KnowBe4 Security Awareness Research that found people keep clicking – on fake emails from HR, the business and IT.  The majority of top email categories that people fall for are those that fit in to everyday life – invoices, purchase orders, shared files, and...

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[Column] Mazen Mroué: Spreading the magic of 5G

Mobile communications technology has been a crucial enabler of the information age, connecting individuals, businesses and governments, and facilitating improvements in daily life for people everywhere. Connectivity is the lifeline of modern societies and access to it is a digital human right.

Digital disruption is supporting economic development and the ambitions of the nation states in which MTN operates. According to a recent GSMA report , mid-band 5G will generate a $13 billion contribution to GDP in Sub-Saharan...

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[Column] Lorna Hardie: From Generation Z to Baby Boomers – The impact of hybrid working across the generations

When it comes to the discourse around the way we work in the new era of hybrid working, it has never felt more balanced between the technology that enables it and the culture that defines it.

As well as investing in the latest digital experience technologies to support employees wherever they choose to work, organisations are also having to re-think the culture of a workforce that is no longer confined to an office full-time. If making a decision between permanent hybrid working and a return to the office wasn’t hard enough, employers also...

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News Headlines

05-07-2022 | 13:04:00
Amazon Egypt launches valU's BNPL services for consumers to avail convenient installment plans
Amazon Egypt (amazon.eg) is introducing installment plans through valU, the BNPL lifestyle-enabling fintech platform in MENA, to enhance its shopping experience and provide customers in Egypt flexible and affordable payment options.


05-07-2022 | 10:59:35
Vertiv appoints new EMEA leadership team to support its customer success in the region
Vertiv, the global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, announced changes to its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) senior leadership team to support its customer success in the region


05-07-2022 | 10:18:05
Education Tech partners with Pearson to provide English language learning solutions in Algeria
Education Tech, the provider of innovative technological solutions serving education in Algeria, has partnered with Pearson, a global learning company, to open doors to new opportunities in the field of education.


04-07-2022 | 15:24:00
Kaspersky discovers a new backdoor targeting governments and NGOs across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa
Kaspersky experts have brought to light a poorly detected SessionManager backdoor that was set up as a malicious module within the Internet Information Services (IIS), a popular web server edited by Microsoft.


04-07-2022 | 13:07:00
Ex-Mollie CEO Gaston Aussems takes over TPAY MOBILE operations
Leading mobile payments provider across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, TPAY MOBILE, has appointed Gaston Aussems, previously CEO of Mollie as its new CEO.


04-07-2022 | 12:51:00
[Nigeria] Bluechip Launches Primo Academy To Upskill African Data Professionals
Bluechip Technologies has launched Primo Academy, a six-month programme designed to equip aspiring data professionals with the required skills to kickstart their careers in the data and emerging technologies industry.


04-07-2022 | 12:10:00
CoinMENA joins Visa’s Fintech fast track program
CoinMENA, a leading digital assets exchange in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), announced that it has joined Visa’s Fintech Fast Track program, speeding up the process of integrating with Visa, a world leader in digital payments.


04-07-2022 | 12:00:39
YAP expands to Egypt and Ghana
YAP, the leading fintech revolutionizing the digital banking experience in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, said that it had raised US$41 million to fund its operations and growth.


04-07-2022 | 11:39:19
ScienceLogic expands reach to South Africa amid demand for AIOps
ScienceLogic, a player in AIOps and other hybrid cloud IT management solutions, announced the expansion of its global footprint to South Africa.


04-07-2022 | 11:24:49
realme and Jumia join forces to boost smartphone adoption in Africa
Jumia has signed an MoU with realme, the world's fastest-growing smartphone brand, which would provide millions of consumers in Africa access to innovative and trendsetting devices with the latest technology.


04-07-2022 | 11:20:00
[South Africa] SAS renews its partnership with NWU to develop data science skills
SAS has renewed its Global Academic Program (GAP) partnership with the Centre for Business Mathematics and Informatics (BMI) at North-West University (NWU) for another five years, extending its impact in data skills development.


04-07-2022 | 08:27:00
Softline bolsters Middle East and Africa presence through acquisition of Seven Seas Technology
Softline the global IT and digital transformation solutions provider has today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire UAE-based Seven Seas Technology (SST).


04-07-2022 | 08:18:00
[Column] Sumeeth Singh: CFO becomes key to organisational cloud future
The cloud is no longer something only the CIO needs to take responsibility for. Modern CFOs fulfil a critical role in helping get organisations cloud-ready.


04-07-2022 | 08:07:00
CMM PR launches 3rd edition of mentorship programme for African female tech founders
C. Moore Media, International Public Relations (CMM), a New York-headquartered PR agency focusing on the US, UK, and African markets has announced the launch of the third edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program.


04-07-2022 | 07:38:02
Ashish Malhotra appointed new Airtel Kenya MD
Mr. Malhotra takes over from Mr. Prasanta Das Sarma who is moving to a new role as the Fiber Company CEO for Airtel Africa.


 


 
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