Five trends in IT and digital communications in 2017

Continued digitization of documentation and mobile workforces. But also continued strong growth for Push to Talk in areas such as security, crisis, logistics and healthcare. GroupTalks CEO Magnus Hedberg writes about what he believes are the strongest trends in IT and digital communications in 2017.

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Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah handing over the instrument of acceptance of TFA to World Trade Organisation DG Robert Azevedo in Davos

Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah handing over the instrument of acceptance of TFA to WTO DG Robert Azevedo in Davos, Switzerland

According to a 2015 study carried out by WTO economists, full implementation of the TFA would reduce members’ trade costs by an average of 14.3 per cent, with developing countries having the most to gain

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IMF Staff Reaches Staff-level Agreement with Togo on an Extended Credit Facility Arrangement

The agreed economic program supported by the ECF arrangement aims to improve the living conditions for the population and to maintain a stable macroeconomic environment that is compatible with public debt sustainability

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Groundbreaking on Solar Field in Burundi: Power Africa Partner Gigawatt Global Advances 1,000 MW Program

Gigawatt Solar Field in Burundi

2,500 celebrate historic groundbreaking in one of Africa’s neediest countries for a $14m solar field to advance economic and social development

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WEF Building Africa: Industrialisation key to Africa’s economic transformation

On this Building Africa debate CNBC Africa is joined by panellists consisting of Phuthuma Nhleko, Executive Chairman, MTN; Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda; Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria and Siyabonga Gama, CEO, Transnet

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Liquefied Natural Gas Demand Turns Export Nations into Import Destinations

Demand for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in some countries with the Middle East and North Africa region has been on rising demand making setting a high task for suppliers. Over the past decade, demand for LNG in Egypt, and Dubai, Jordan, Kuwait, and Pakistan has risen significantly reaching a current demand of 20.8 million tonnes per annum in 2016. Egypt’s demand has been very crucial leading the country to set up a scheme which awards huge tenders for short-term and medium-term supplies – attracting imports to handle demand deficits. The once known oil economies and exporters now importing liquefied natural gas. According to Platt, this is very bad and allows new entrants in the region to use short-term purchasing strategies, which is creating additional liquidity.

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Top three ways to improve your business image

You could have the best product in the world, it could change people’s lives or it could save them, but unless you have the right reputation and brand image behind it, the chances are that no one will find out about it. As frustrating as it may be, the business world is still very much about image, so in today’s post, I’m going to give you just a few key tips on how to improve the business message that you’re projecting.

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FinTech Impact: Delivering Constructive Outcomes for Africa

Mobile money, payments innovation and the impact of blockchain are radically transforming the financial services landscape. This transformation is having a powerful impact across Africa where the acceleration of mobile phone penetration has already revolutionized the reach and effectiveness of financial services on the continent. Established banking and mobile phone companies, together with new challengers and FinTech disruptors, have tapped into this revolution to further boost FinTech in Africa as one of the most dynamic, transformative and fastest growing markets – creating tremendous potential for delivering positive change to how consumers and corporates engage financial services throughout Africa.

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2017 Growth Rate Explicate: Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa

From 3.5 per cent growth in 2015 to 1.4 per cent in 2016, there has been a decline in growth rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Also in South Africa, the government budget and reports during the last quarter of 2016 indicates a growth rate expectancy of 0.5 per cent in 2016 while anticipating for a 1.3 per cent growth for this year.

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Dangote’s Upcoming Refinery Threatens Ghana’s Oil Refinery

Ghana’s Tema Oil Refinery, following recent expansion news to double capacity, has also figured out an urgent need to reinforce its activities to enable it to have a fair beneficial share of upcoming multi-billion dollar refinery by Africa’s richest Aliko Dangote of Nigeria.

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“The Spectrum Revolution is the end of scarcity,” says Dynamic Spectrum Alliance President

Kalpak Gude, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, today addressed why the Spectrum Revolution is integral to the future 5G world.

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AVIATION AFRICA TO FEATURE GULFSTREAM G280 AT 2017 EVENT

Aviation Africa, which takes place in Kigali, Rwanda on 22-23 February 2017, announces the first aircraft that will be displayed at the event, a Gulfstream G280 from Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace.

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CEO confidence rises despite new risks and uncertainty

Dion Shango, CEO of PwC Southern Africa

In PwC’s 20th annual survey of CEOs worldwide, 38% (2016:35%) are very confident about their company’s growth prospects in the next 12 months while 29% (2016:27%) believe global economic growth will pick up in 2017

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New drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk

New drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardize the East African nation’s restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households in rural areas, FAO warned today.

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World Economic Forum (WEF): Sage CEO laments absence of small business issues at Davos

Anton van Heerden, Executive Vice-President Africa & Middle East at Sage

  • CEO Stephen Kelly says small businesses still being ignored by policy makers as big business flocks to Davos
  • Sage launches Forum for Business Builders to give entrepreneurs a voice

Global research by Sage (www.Sage.com) highlights that only 33% of small businesses feel represented by politicians in their country’s decision making. The data has been published in the run up to the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) where politicians and big business will gather in Davos to debate the global economic picture. Sage CEO Stephen Kelly has lamented the absence of small business issues from the agenda, and called for greater representation, given that in most economies entrepreneurs, or business builders, creates 2/3 of all jobs.

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Hong Kong bans import of poultry meat and products from Uganda and areas in Germany, India and Japan

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (January 17) that in view of notifications from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in the State of Bavaria in Germany and Kottayam District in Kerala State of India, and an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5 avian influenza in Uganda and a notification from the Japanese authorities about an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Gifu Prefecture, the CFS has banned the import of poultry meat and products (including poultry eggs) from the above places with immediate effect to protect public health in Hong Kong.

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UKEF supports GE Oil & Gas contract with major energy project in Ghana

  • UKEF is supporting a GE Oil & Gas contract worth US $850 million
  • the contract will support jobs in the Aberdeen and Bristol areas
  • it is the first time a European export credit agency has supported a financing structure of this kind, and is UKEF’s first direct loan for a project in Africa

GE Oil & Gas, which is headquartered in the UK, is providing subsea production systems to the project, which will develop oil and gas fields approximately 60km offshore from the western side of Ghana’s coast. Following first gas production in 2018, the new fields are expected to continuously feed Ghana’s thermal power plants for more than 20 years.

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