Monthly Archives: October 2017

Equity Crowdfunding to Allow Easy Investment in African Start-ups

Equity crowdfunding is presenting an opportunity for businesses to grow their market without putting all their cash and savings into investments. Existing hurdles that inhibit the ability of the average Black American to invest in African businesses have been eliminated. Now, Equity crowdfunding allows any American adult to invest in any business (including start-ups) with any small amount of money. This is a beautiful opportunity for the majority of African American to invest any amount, even $10 into African businesses and benefit from the economic boom of start-ups across Africa. The new methodology also permits consumer influencers to make contributions towards which business gets funding from investors. read more

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Best’s Special Report: The Role of Protectionism in Emerging EMEA Insurance Markets

An open and competitive reinsurance market is vital for risk-transfer and market development, according to a new special report by A.M. Best, which assesses the various protectionist measures in key emerging economies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The Best’s Special Report, titled “The Role of Protectionism in Emerging EMEA Insurance Markets,” focuses on the impact of measures particularly in the insurance markets of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. It highlights the risks of protectionism actions and possible implications to the financial strength of (re)insurers operating in these markets. read more

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Solar, Energy Storage and Intelligent Energy Conversion Units Make Safari Lodges in Africa Green

Solar energy cuts the electricity bill of game lodges and reduces emissions. read more

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Largest Minigrid in Tanzania

REDAVIA, a global market leader of cost-effective, reliable rental solar power for businesses and communities, commissioned two minigrids in Isenzanya and Shitunguru, located in the Songwe region in western Tanzania. The two pioneering containers were financed by InfraCo Africa (part of PIDG). read more

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Zambia – Finance hub in Africa?

Director of Protocol and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the United Kingdom Julian Evans has said Zambia is developing its position as a finance hub in Africa. read more

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Africa – Rising to the Digital Transformation Challenge

Orange Business Services’ 2017 Africa Digital Transformation Survey of enterprise across several sectors in Africa yields interesting results  read more

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Commodity Dependence Worsens for Developing Countries

The rise in commodity dependence was most noticeable in Africa, where seven new countries entered the category in 2014-2015 read more

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Ghana sows the seeds for growth and jobs through minerals

Workshop participants include a wide range of stakeholders already engaged in past consultative meetings in Ghana read more

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Dividend or Disaster: UNICEF’s new report into population growth in Africa

Africa’s inhabitants will double from 1.2 billion in 2016 to 2.5 billion in 2050 read more

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Moving data centres north is a move in the right direction

The Nordic region is leading the race to become the world’s prime location for data centres. Industry giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple are leading by example, having already established facilities in the north. read more

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GSMA Publishes New Report on Mobile-Enabled Digital Transformation in Ghana

GSMA, DFID, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Ghanaian Government and UNDP to Work Together to Harness the Power of Mobile to Deliver Life-Enhancing Services and Support the SDGs in Ghana read more

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Exports on the agenda as Edinburgh charity talks trade with Ghana’s High Commissioner

High Commissioner His Excellency Papa Owusu-Ankomah; Challenge Worldwide; Ghana High Commission;
Challenges UK team with Ghana Delegation

A leading Scottish charity has met with Ghana’s High Commissioner in a bid to improve trade between the two countries. Challenges Worldwide, which is based in Edinburgh and runs a business consultancy programme in Ghana, says it is now working with the GHC to further develop business opportunities between Ghana and Scotland. read more

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New Wave of Cyberattacks

COMMENT on the “Bad Rabbit” ransomware attack by Steven Malone, Director of Security Product Management, Mimecast read more

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Veritas Study: Alarming Majority of Organizations (69%) Export Full Responsibility for Data Protection, Privacy and Compliance onto Cloud Service Providers

Cloud-first mentality dominates: Respondents’ organizations will invest almost a fifth of the IT budget in cloud in the next two years and nearly 70 percent use, or plan to use, two or more cloud providers read more

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