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Kenya: Google launches women’s initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day

March 9, 2019 • East AfricaComments Off on Kenya: Google launches women’s initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Google has today announced the launch of its’ Women Will initiative in Kenya. The program is designed to create economic opportunities for women by connecting them to digital skills and mentorship. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of...

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Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

March 8, 2019 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Access to electricity key for Africa’s development

Nearly 600 million, or 48% of Africa’s population, still lack access to electricity, with the majority living in rural areas Africa will not fully develop if hundreds of millions of its people continue to live without electricity, Economic Commission for...

Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

March 6, 2019 • East Africa, Online & Social, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Jumia pens deal with smartphone maker Xiaomi

Nigerian e-commerce platform, Jumia has announced a partnership with Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi. With this partnership, Jumia will open the Mi, Xiaomi’s flagship phone brand, official store on its platform giving access to customers across 14...

Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African countries for Rural Prosperity

Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African firms for Rural Prosperity

March 5, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Mastercard Foundation Fund selects 5 African firms for Rural Prosperity

The Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) has announced that five companies will receive a total of US$4,438,551 to support its financial inclusion agenda in Africa. The five companies, with projects in Burundi, Ghana, Mali, Tanzania, and...

Kenyan startups win Africa Business Challenge

March 4, 2019 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenyan startups win Africa Business Challenge

Over 20 innovators from Kenya joined 20 contemporaries from Basque to take part in the Africa Basque Challenge (ABC) in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The challenge was to find social and technical solutions to help bridge the urban-rural divide in...

Rwanda collaborates with Japan to launch satellite

February 28, 2019 • East AfricaComments Off on Rwanda collaborates with Japan to launch satellite

In 2018, the Rwanda Utility and Regulatory Authority’s (RURA) Director General, Patrick Nyirishema, confirmed plans to launch the country’ inaugural satellite in 2019. Rwanda has collaborated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the...

Kenya upgrades visa online application

February 27, 2019 • East Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya upgrades visa online application

A new online application service called Access UK has been launched for Kenyans. The Home Office has upgraded its services, by allowing customers to apply for a UK visa. This includes improvements to the online customer journey, the introduction of new...

Volkswagen South Africa moves into Rwanda in African expansion on electric vehicles

February 27, 2019 • East Africa, GeneralComments Off on Volkswagen South Africa moves into Rwanda in African expansion on electric vehicles

In 2016, Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) opened a new assembly plant in Kenya and launched plans for a ride-sharing service in Rwanda as it seeks to take advantage of surging car demand in Africa. This was part of a strategy to play a role in the emerging...

Kenya equips youth to unlock solutions in diverse sectors

February 26, 2019 • East Africa, EducationComments Off on Kenya equips youth to unlock solutions in diverse sectors

In Kenya, the ministry of Education launched in 2016 the creation of STEM model secondary schools in every county. The Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) is an agency in STEM education and is carrying out continuous...

Orange launches a new smart feature phone powered by KaiOS

February 26, 2019 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Orange launches a new smart feature phone powered by KaiOS

Orange has partnered with KaiOS Technologies and UNISOC to launch a phone with voice recognition at $US 20 in 16 countries in Africa and the Middle-East : Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte...

Canon reinforces commitment to drive innovation in Kenya

February 25, 2019 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on Canon reinforces commitment to drive innovation in Kenya

Kenya has once again attracted another multi-national company with the re-entry of Japanese imaging and business solutions brand Canon. Yuichi Ishizuka, President and CEO of Canon Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) recently visited Kenya as part of a...

How Kenyan businesses can improve their cyber security

February 22, 2019 • East Africa, Features, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on How Kenyan businesses can improve their cyber security

According to a Kaspersky research, the first quarter of 2018 showed an overall increase in local threats infections (malware spread in local networks, by USBs, CDs, DVDs) with Kenya taking the first place with 61.8% of its users infected. And with the uptake...

Africa sees growth in crypto ownership-study

Africa sees growth in crypto ownership-study

February 22, 2019 • East Africa, Finance, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on Africa sees growth in crypto ownership-study

Hootsuite’s 2019 Global Digital Report ranked South Africa as the world’s top nation for crypto ownership, with 10.7% of internet users in the country holding a financial interest in cryptocurrency. The global average was only 5.5%. “This is...

Goodwell invests $2 mln in Copia

February 22, 2019 • East Africa, SponsoredComments Off on Goodwell invests $2 mln in Copia

Goodwell, the pioneering investment firm whose focus is in fintech, financial inclusion and growth in firms providing essential goods and services has invested $2million into Copia, a Kenyan e-commerce venture. Copia makes it easier for underserved consumers...

$11 million tech investment puts Rwanda on the map

February 21, 2019 • East Africa, Startups, Top StoriesComments Off on $11 million tech investment puts Rwanda on the map

Rwanda is fast becoming a tech destination in Africa, emerging as a key tech and investment hub with its ease of doing business. In July 2018, Rwanda hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa in May, and work is reportedly well underway on the Kigali...

MCB Group plans to enhance business in Kenya

February 21, 2019 • East Africa, FinanceComments Off on MCB Group plans to enhance business in Kenya

Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), in Nairobi has just announced plans to position itself as a strategic partner of businesses in Kenya and East Africa. The Group’s new representative office has been officially opened on January 30 and has given the...