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What smart cities really mean for Africa

The smart city concept is increasingly becoming central to the prevailing public discourse around Africa’s urban future. However, as with many technological buzzwords, one has to wonder whether this trend is relevant to African realities. Certainly, if a smart city is seen as the implementation of high-tech urban innovation exclusively modelled on examples from developed […]


Next mega ICT spending linked to revamp of African economies

Of the many regions within Europe, Middle East and Africa, Africa holds the greatest longer-term promise, based on population and economic growth trends. According to various reports on worldwide population trends, by 2050 Africa’s population will more than double and will account for 1 in 5 people in the world; Nigeria will surpass the United States […]


McKinsey research points to new macro fundamentals in Africa

Six years ago when the McKinsey Global Institute first looked in detail at Africa’s diverse economies, almost all of them were experiencing accelerating growth. The picture today is more mixed. McKinsey Global Institute’s new report Lions on the move II: Realising the potential of Africa’s economies, finds that Africa economies growth paths have diverged. Growth […]


Egypt contending for outsourcing destination of the year award

Abundant multilingual talent supply, competitive operational cost, attractive business environment, entrepreneurship and innovation, together with government support, qualified Egypt to compete for the prestigious European award. Egypt has been shortlisted as the Outsourcing Destination of the Year 2016 for the European Outsourcing Association Awards, one of the most prestigious outsourcing industry awards. Egypt received the […]


Cameroon to secure national ID cards with Gemalto Sealys eID

Gemalto, the global vendor in digital security, is supporting General Delegation for National Security in Cameroon, in tackling fraud and document counterfeiting with the deployment of Sealys Color in PC for polycarbonate eID cards, a first in Africa. This innovative approach consists in laser engraving high resolution color photos into the durable Sealys card body […]


Mastercard targets 100,000 excluded farmers for upskilling

Impact investing pioneer Root Capital announced at the African Green Revolution Forum a new partnership with The MasterCard Foundation that will help raise incomes for over 300,000 smallholder farmers in West Africa. The Foundation has committed $5.2 million to Root Capital over five years to support early-stage agricultural businesses that generate transformational impact in rural […]


USAID donates 3G tablets to assist Ghana data collection

The United States Agency for International Development presented tablets and other information technology equipment to the Statistics, Research and Information Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The electronic equipment and software were donated to enhance the collection of agricultural statistics. The IT equipment and data collection system will minimise human error in agriculture […]


Togo to provide farmer subsidy through mobile e-wallets

After its success in Liberia, the African Development Bank is supporting another digital payment project in line with its agriculture transformation agenda. Agri Porte Monnaie Electronique is a joint project of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Digital Economy in Togo aiming to provide subsidies to farmers through electronic wallets provided by mobile […]


Government spending on defence driving North African GDPs

Despite fiscal concerns and a lower oil price, defence budgets in North Africa and Middle East are forecast to reach spending highs of 2014 by 2019 at the latest, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit, global leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. Spending for North Africa and Middle East peaked at […]


Interpol Secretary opens cyber centre in Rwanda

The Head of Interpol has said that effective regional efforts in Eastern Africa against transnational crime and terrorism underpin security across Africa and beyond, boosted by Interpol’s global reach. Speaking at a meeting of police affairs ministers from countries of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation, Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock said that international […]


Kgosi Informatics, iNENSA join IFS African partner programme

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, has appointed Kgosi Informatics of Botswana and iNENSA of Uganda as business partners in order to expand its reach in fast-growing markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. IFS will collaborate with the two companies to provide customers with enterprise resource planning, enterprise asset management and enterprise service management solutions in its […]


Latest ITU data shows digital divide still growing

New data released by ITU, the UN specialised agency for information and communication technology, show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. ICT Facts & Figures 2016 shows that developing countries now account for the vast majority of Internet users, with 2.5 billion […]


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