Facebook helps Zimbabwean entrepreneurs to build their digital skills

Facebook Africa‘s teams are visiting Zimbabwe this week to host a series of training events and workshops designed to help local tech entrepreneurs and small businesses to sharpen their digital skills and expertise. read more

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Mahindra Comviva and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe win The RemTECH Award in the ‘Visionary Game Changer’ category

 Awarded for EcoCash Diaspora service powered by mobiquity® Money read more

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Hosting Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) generates a seven-figure economic boost

The significant economic benefits to host countries of the influential Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) (www.Africa-Conference.com) have been quantified in an independent assessment by the international audit, tax and advisory experts, Grant Thornton. The total contribution to African economies is estimated at $16.8 million and since inception, it is estimated that AHIF has been responsible for deals cumulatively worth over $4billion. read more

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Mobile Money The South African Way

The failure of Vodacom’s M-Pesa mobile money transfer initiative in South Africa, in contrast to its spectacular success in Kenya, has led many pundits to the conclusion that a mobile money solution will never fly in this country. read more

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Ghana to Receive $80m Aid from Switzerland Government

Credit: Flagstaff House, Ghana.

The Federal Republic of Switzerland has earmarked an amount of $80 million to support the enhanced competitiveness of Ghanaian enterprises in the global market space, as well as help in government’s efforts at diversifying the Ghanaian economy. read more

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Ghana: Challenges Worldwide Celebrates World Youth Skills Day

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Impact Committee – Cycle 11, Challenges Worldwide, Ghana.

On Saturday 15 July, DFID funded International Citizen Service (ICS) and UK-based NGO Challenges Worldwide will be holding a presentation at the Kumasi Academy in celebration of World Youth Skills Day. The event is a three-hour showcase in a variety of skill sets. Almost 100 students aged 15 to 17 years will be learning and participating in workshops from a wide range including first aid, public speaking, presenting and robotics. read more

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Boosting Intra-African Trade Crucial to Africa’s Development says ECA’s Stephen Karingi

Boosting intra-African trade is the most effective channel for trade to deliver development on the African continent, said Mr. Karingi, adding deeper trade integration is the surest way to speed up Africa’s economic transformation read more

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Switzerland and Ghana launch 2017–2020 cooperation strategy

Trade between Switzerland and Ghana was worth CHF 2.38 billion in 2016, a significant increase over the previous year read more

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Benin signs the United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration

The Mauritius Convention on Transparency aims to provide States and regional economic integration organizations with an efficient mechanism that extends the scope of the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (“Rules on Transparency”) to investment treaties concluded before the Rules entered into force on 1 April 2014 read more

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South Africa: Beware the hype around hybrid cloud computing

Andrew Cruise, managing director, Routed

Everything-as-a-Service is where cloud services seem to be going and one of the main drivers of this is the emerging hybrid cloud. But, Andrew Cruise, managing director, Routed, a neutral cloud provider, says that true hybrid cloud solutions have not yet been implemented in South Africa. He says this, after launching Routed, which is focused on building and developing secure, reliable and robust cloud platforms. read more

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Future Energy Central Africa in Yaoundé unites region in finding solutions to its energy deficit

Several regional energy ministers confirmed for October power forum

Encouraging private and public collaboration to make energy deals happen is high on the agenda at the rebranded Future Energy Central Africa forum that is taking place from 2-3 October in Yaoundé, Cameroon this year. “We have deliberately put together a very practical programme” says event director Marie Sachet, “because I believe all stakeholders agree on what the generation potential in the region is, but we need specific actions to prepare the sector for much-needed investments and bankable power projects.”

She continues: “Future Energy Central Africa is working with the energy ministries in the region, project developers, financiers as well as regulators to set the agenda to encourage private and public cooperation in order to increase energy capacity and economic growth in Central Africa. Our conference programme includes a high-level ministerial keynote panel discussion on the opening day, successful project leaders from the private sector as well as utility leaders.” read more

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What’s behind Africa’s obsession with having a national carrier?

One of the hot topics that will be discussed at AviaDev Africa this October will be the “National Carrier conundrum”– a impediment to or catalyst for economic prosperity? read more

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Gas ‘would power SA growth’

A gas economy could significantly drive South African economic growth, and the discovery of substantial natural gas reserves in the Karoo would be akin to finding gold and sparking a new gold rush, speakers said at the opening of the 4th annual Africa LPG Summit and Natural Gas & CNG Africa Forum in Johannesburg today. read more

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East Africa’s Building Boom Calls Investors To Kenya

Economic growth of 6 per cent annually makes Kenya the beating heart of the East African construction powerhouse, according to the “East Africa’s Building Boom” industry report – commissioned by The Big 5 Construct East Africa. read more

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