Orange and ENGIE pursue their Commitment to the Electrification of Rural Africa

Orange (www.Orange.com) and ENGIE (www.ENGIE.com) have today launched a plan to deploy nearly 1,000 solar kits in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Cameroon. Several villages in rural areas have been identified to participate in the first phase of this pilot program, prior to deployment on a larger scale.

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Opera reaches 100 million users in Africa, releases State of Mobile Web Report, Africa 2016

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  • Nigerian, Kenyan and South African Opera users collectively saved data equating to over half a billion US$ in 2016
  • Android users make up nearly half of overall Opera Mini users in Africa     
  • 70% of Nigeria’s Facebook users access it via Opera Mini               

Internet company, Opera (www.Opera.com), has released its State of the Mobile Web Africa 2016 Report, highlighting mobile internet trends across the continent, including consumer browsing behaviour and app usage. Opera – known for its compression technology and mobile browsers, including Opera Mini(www.Opera.com/Mobile/Mini/Android) – compiles regular global mobile web reports, shedding light on opportunities and challenges within the digital environment.

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More mobile operators in West Africa are targets of SS7 attacks than any other African Region, AdaptiveMobile reveals

AdaptiveMobile finds Location Tracking and Information Harvesting among top attack types

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ISACA Finds African Enterprises Are Cautious About Augmented Reality, Despite Business Benefits

With this year’s release of Pokémon Go, awareness of augmented reality (AR) applications soared among organizations and consumers. Despite its popularity and potential business benefits, AR adoption rates are slow among enterprises, according to a new study from global business technology and cybersecurity association ISACA. Only 45 percent of IT professionals in Africa are convinced that the benefits of AR outweigh the risks, and consumers also have concerns about the possible risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices enhanced with AR.

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Nigerian and Angola economies suffer as oil prices fall

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Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s oil producers, are facing economic difficulties mainly due to depressed prices of the liquid commodity on the international market.

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Africa Finance & Investment Forum 2017 to take place in Nairobi, Kenya for the first time.

This year’s Africa Finance & Investment Forum (AFIF) will focus on “Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Growth” and will be held for the first time in the vibrant city of Nairobi, Kenya, hosted by the Strathmore University, taking place from 15th -16th February 2017.

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Big recognition for small business at the 2016 South African Small Business Awards

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The accomplishments of the small business community in South Africa was in the spotlight as winners of the 2016 South African Small Business Awards were announced on 10 November at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.

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Teraco aims for 50-megawatt data centre offering in South Africa

Africa’s largest colocation data centre provider, Teraco Data Environments, today announced that it has kicked off construction on a new data centre in River Fields Bredell, 20km north of the current Isando campus. While Teraco finalises the expansion of its Isando campus to 20 megawatts, it has commenced with the new 24 megawatt Bredell build.

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South Africa wins the Offshoring Destination of the Year Award from the Global Sourcing Association in London

The Minister of Trade & Industry, Dr Rob Davies is proud to announce South Africa’s success in winning the Global Sourcing Association’s Annual Outsourcing Destination of the Year award for 2016 held in the UK. The ceremony brought together more than 350 members of the leading outsourcing service providers, advisors and buyers.

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Fish-Rich Mauritania looks to its Nouadhibou Port for a Brighter Future

The UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme took a first crucial step last month when 11 senior port managers completed a workshop for instructors held at the port of Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital

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RAS AL KHAIMAH FINANCE & INVESTMENT FORUM TO SHOWCASE THE EMIRATE’S GROWTH POTENTIAL AND ITS INVESTMENT OFFERINGS

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– Forum to cover Hospitality & Tourism, Real Estate, Manufacturing & Production and Infrastructure sectors

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The Ripple Effect: The Role of Women in African Economic Development

marieke-shukla-headshotBy Marieke Shukla

Abstract

Africa is a continent with incredible hope and opportunity along with incredible challenges.  When visiting Africa, one hears about challenges regarding basic human needs such as nutrition and health care.  One also hears about the leadership challenges South Africa currently faces. Upon further reflection after visits to several organizations, including Olam International, Philani, and the African Leadership Academy, it is clear that women in Africa are uniquely positioned to move the continent forward economically and politically.  Based on the author’s experience in South Africa, there are three key areas where women can have a substantial impact: (i) agriculture, (ii) health education and (iii) leadership in politics and business.  These areas will be the focus of the analysis below.

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East Africa: Pharmaceutical Sector To Experience Growth Upon Foreign Investment

There is a significantly large growth opportunity and the region’s manufacturers are able to meet but only 30% of the demand in the pharmaceutical industry leaving the remaining 70% for imports.  Raising of capital to improve product quality has been the limiting factor for most of these local producers.

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SWIFT’s messaging traffic grows by 15.8% in West Africa

Figures released at the SWIFT Business Forum West Africa show that the region has outperformed the total growth of SWIFT globally

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GFI Launches Database–GFTrade–to help Developing Countries Generate Millions in Additional Public Revenue

Global Financial Integrity (GFI) launches its new database tool—GFTrade—with real-time price analyses to measure trade misinvoicing risks for 80,000 goods categories. Trade misinvoicing accounts for hundreds of billions in illicit financial flows from developing countries, and in curtailing these outflows, GFTrade would generate millions of dollars in additional domestic revenue.

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Cameroon: stage set for inclusive and sustainable cities

The US$500 thousand project, which covers Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Morocco, Uganda and Zambia, has been commissioned within the 9th tranche of the UN’s Development Account

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ASEAN region reaches out to Africa

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The US$2.6 trillion ASEAN market is seeking increased bilateral trade with Africa

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