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Blockchain skill-drive initiative to address the knowledge-gap in Tanzania

Blockchain skill-drive initiative to address knowledge-gap in Tanzania

April 15, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments (0)

  Belfrics Group in partnership with Dar Es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) announced a joint initiative to develop a pool of talented and skilled technology professionals for blockchain as a domain. Belfrics Academy SDN BHD, the research, international training and skill development vertical of Belfrics Group of Companies, would lead the efforts...

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Facebook AI researchers create population density maps of Africa

Facebook AI researchers create population density maps of Africa

April 10, 2019 • Artificial Intelligence, East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments (0)

Facebook is working closely with key non-profit and research partners to use artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to address large-scale social, health and infrastructure challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. These efforts range from rural electrification in...

Visa, Branch collaborate to expand financial access across Sub-Saharan Africa

Visa, Branch collaborate to expand financial access across Sub-Saharan Africa

April 8, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

Visa, the global payments technology company and Branch, the most downloaded finance app in Africa, have announced a partnership that will see virtual Visa prepaid debit cards offered to over 2 million consumers in Sub-Saharan Africa. This partnership...

Medical oxygen to be made available across the Amhara Region of Ethiopia

Medical oxygen to be made available across the Amhara Region of Ethiopia

April 6, 2019 • East Africa, HealthcareComments (0)

The Amhara Regional Government, the Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, the Amhara Regional Health Bureau, the General Electric (GE) Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada announced the launch of the Amhara Region Oxygen Centre. Located in Bahir Dar,...

HP targets fraudulent manufacturers in East Africa

April 2, 2019 • East Africa, General, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on HP targets fraudulent manufacturers in East Africa

Alongside local African authorities, HP’s ACF team have conducted two highly successful operations to stop the trade of counterfeit cartridges for HP printers across Uganda and Mozambique. Firstly, In September and October 2018, HP’s ACF team and local...

Liquid Telecom, MTN partner to upgrade existing fibre network in East Africa

Liquid Telecom, MTN partner to upgrade existing fibre network in East Africa

April 1, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Liquid Telecom, MTN partner to upgrade existing fibre network in East Africa

Liquid Telecom Kenya, part of the pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, and Nokia has announced a two-year partnership to upgrade their existing fibre network to support OTN/DWDM technology with an initial network capacity of 500G. This will result in a...

General Electric appoints Brenda Mbathi as East Africa CEO

March 31, 2019 • Company News, East Africa, PeopleComments Off on General Electric appoints Brenda Mbathi as East Africa CEO

General Electric has announced the appointment of Brenda Mbathi as the Chief Executive Officer for East Africa. In her role, Brenda will play a pivotal role in steering the next phase of strategy and growth for General Electric in East African markets,...

Diseases cost Africa $2.4 trillion a year, says WHO

March 29, 2019 • East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments Off on Diseases cost Africa $2.4 trillion a year, says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 630 million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across its 47 Member States in Africa, now amounting to a loss of more than 2.4 trillion international...

Rwanda’s President Kagame, open to drive digitisation in Africa

March 27, 2019 • Digital Transformation, East Africa, Finance, Top StoriesComments Off on Rwanda’s President Kagame, open to drive digitisation in Africa

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame and Globacom’s Executive Vice Chairman, Mrs Bella Disu, on Monday, March 25 began discussions on the use of digital technology to help the march towards economic prosperity in Africa. The two leaders held a private meeting...

280 Somali youth graduate from an intensive skills training programme

280 Somali youth graduate from an intensive skills training programme

March 26, 2019 • Careers, East AfricaComments Off on 280 Somali youth graduate from an intensive skills training programme

As part of the Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project RAJO (SSIPWP) and Youth Employment Somalia (YES), 280 young Somali women and men have graduated from three months of comprehensive training which included four key components namely;...

GESF2019: Tanzanian start-up announced as winner of Next Billion Ed-Tech Prize

March 26, 2019 • East Africa, Education, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on GESF2019: Tanzanian start-up announced as winner of Next Billion Ed-Tech Prize

Tanzanian start-up Ubongo, a localised educational media platform that reaches millions of families through accessible technologies, has won the ‘Next Billion’ Edtech Prize launched by The Varkey Foundation to recognise the most innovative...

Kaspersky Lab appoints new Enterprise Sales Manager for Kenya

Kaspersky Lab appoints new Enterprise Sales Manager

March 26, 2019 • East Africa, People, SecurityComments Off on Kaspersky Lab appoints new Enterprise Sales Manager

Bethwel Opil has been appointed as the Enterprise Sales Manager for Kaspersky Lab in Kenya. The appointment will see Opil continue to support and grow strong market alignment for the Kaspersky Lab brand locally with particular focus on the East African...

Tax reform, digitisation key to financing development

March 25, 2019 • Digital Transformation, East Africa, Finance, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Tax reform, digitisation key to financing development

Africa must digitise its economies, broaden its tax base, prevent further deterioration of fiscal and debt positions, and aim for double-digit growth to achieve the UN 2030 global goals (SDGs), and the AU Agenda 2063 according to the 2019 Economic Report on...

GESF2019 leads the conversation on the global learning crisis

March 24, 2019 • East Africa, Education, Top StoriesComments Off on GESF2019 leads the conversation on the global learning crisis

The seventh annual Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF 2019), a Varkey Foundation initiative, opened at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, UAE on Saturday, March 23. Under the theme “Who is changing the world?” GESF 2019 brought together more than 2,200...

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Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Twitter account hacked

March 22, 2019 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Twitter account hacked

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has this morning deactivated his official Twitter account (@UKenyatta) just moments after a controversial tweet went out regarding the war against graft. On Friday, 22 March 2019, Uhuru Kenyatta tweeted that he was not going...

Trump’s proposed budget slashes Kenya’s aid funding

March 16, 2019 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on Trump’s proposed budget slashes Kenya’s aid funding

The United States is set to reduce aid funds given to Kenya by more than 50 percent in the 2020 financial year that begins in October. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget issued on Monday calls for deep cuts in aid to Kenya as part of an overall...