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World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. This year’s theme: Why waste water? in support of SDG 6.3 on improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing wastewater.
Organizations around the world are expected to triple the adoption of modern, automated networks over the next two years according to a newly released IDC study. To accelerate the journey to these digital-ready networks, Cisco is introducing new technologies to accelerate digital network transformation that allow customers to virtualize and secure their networks.
AXILSPOT, a global vendor in enterprise wireless networking, announced the availability of its AEC120 Smart Antenna Ceiling Access Point in the Middle East and Africa to help businesses manage their growing workloads with a secure and reliable network and Internet connectivity. The AEC120 ceiling access point has the inbuilt and patented Rscan multibeam smart-selection antenna system.
On the 25th of March, a cross-sectorial initiative analyzing the impact of a growing livestock sector on public health, the environment, and livelihood launched in Addis Ababa. The Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 (ASL2050) encourages governments to think beyond livestock today, for the people of tomorrow. Government ministers and representatives from Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) met today in Ethiopia to discuss the future of the livestock sector in Africa.
Numbeo index at the end of 2016 shows the city of Accra as the most expensive place to live in Africa with a Cost of Living index of 66.24 and Cost of Living plus Rent index of 58.03. In Africa, Accra is followed by Dar Es Salaam, Harare, Tripoli, Addis Ababa, and Johannesburg who had a cost of living index of 56.20, 52.45, 49.14, 47, and 45 respectively; while leading global cities like Madrid and Lisbon in the cost of living. More so, the city is the most polluted in Africa. Accra, the capital of Ghana, in recent years has received increasing number of expatriates and tourists. Hospitality and Real Estate development is on the boom as the city promises to be one of the most fast developing cities in Africa.
African millennials are changing their consumer spending patterns, from markets to malls, where they can eat, socialize and get entertained at Family Entertainment Centers (FEC) apart from shopping. Also there have been key amusement parks in Egypt, Nigeria, Tunisia and South Africa which have enticed people around the African region. DEAL 2017 will bring to Africa the largest show in the amusement industry and will provide an effective platform for the stakeholders within the African entertainment and amusement sector, as per International Expo Consults – the organizers of the show. In the wake of growing developments in the African region, it is essential for shows like DEAL to bring key players of the amusement and leisure industry to converge at a focal point to showcase ingenious products which can benefit the market. African tourism has seen a boost is simultaneous to the economic growth being experienced across many parts of the continent. Reports predict that direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP will increase by 4.8% per annum, to USD121.3bn which is approximately 3.2% of GDP by 2026.
In partnership with the Climate Innovation Center, Ghana, the Clean Energy West Africa Summit will host the first incubator workshop in April which will look at how entrepreneurs can build, develop and sustain clean energy businesses.
Africa has witnessed a rapid expansion of cross-border banking, led by banking groups based in Africa that are spurring financial and economic integration and transforming the continent’s financial landscape. These institutions are occupying a space created by the retreat of several global bank groups from Africa in the wake of the crisis. African banks headquartered from Morocco to South Africa have each established business operations in at least 10 countries. Ecobank, headquartered in Togo—is present in more than 30 countries on the continent.
Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night. Stick Man beat Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas and Bruno & Boots: Go Jump In The Pool to win Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for Kids. The 26-minute short film also took home Best Direction for Jeroen Jaspaert and South African co-director Daniel Snaddon; Best Music; and Best Design. Triggerfish Animation Studios is a Cape Town-based film and Entertainment Company.
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) reminds architects all over the world to enter the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize competition for a chance to win 100,000 Canadian Dollars. The Prize, awarded every two years, is open to any architect working around the world, irrespective of nationality and location. Any architect, team of architects, or architect-led collaboration may submit a building or a related group of buildings that has been completed, occupied and in use for at least two years. The Prize celebrates a single work of architecture that is transformative, inspired, inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness. An international jury will consider a range of criteria, including:
Research by GSMA, a company that represents the interests of mobile operators’ worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, has revealed that almost half of global mobile phone users still only use their devices to make voice calls and send SMS, according to new consumer research by GSMA Intelligence. The new Global Mobile Engagement Index (GMEI) measures the level of engagement of mobile phone users across a wide array of use cases and services. This first-of-its-kind consumer index is based on inputs from the 2016 GSMA Intelligence consumer survey, which surveyed mobile users across 56 global markets representing 80 per cent of the world’s population. The first GMEI study was released on February 16th 2017, and is expected to be updated every year.
This week, Jean – Claude Bastos de Morais – an African Entrepreneur, Investor and Innovation Influencer announced that two additional editions of the highly demanded book (The Convergence of Nations) have been released in French and Portuguese, adding up to the previous English version.
Developers in Middle East and Africa to compete for $20,000 in Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge
Facebook just launched the Facebook Bots for Messenger Challenge, a contest to recognize and reward developers who are able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger. From today, 15th February 2016, Facebook will accept applications for its Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge until 28th April, 2017. Over 20,000 USD cash prizes are expected to be won by s developers across the Middle East and Africa region who will be successful in creating innovative bots in the Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge. The contest is designed in three categories: Gaming and Entertainment; Productivity and Utility; and Social Good. Applicants (Developers) in teams (maximum of three) are invited from the Middle East and Africa region to create bots in these categories.