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Rwanda Breaks Ground on Africa’s First mRNA Vaccine Factory

German vaccine manufacturer BioNTech and the Rwandan government have offically begun construction on Africa's first mRNA vaccine factory in Kigali, the country's capital. The announcement came on Thursday. The African continent is the world's least vaccinated region against COVID-19, with...

Ethiopia Changing Laws to Prepare for M-PESA Launch

Ethiopia has reportedly started changing certain national payments laws in an effort to clear the way for Safaricom to launch M-PESA, Africa's largest fintech platform, to the Horn of Africa country's virtually untapped market of 110-million people. The National Bank...

Showmax to Launch 4 New Original Titles in Kenya

In yet another move to invest in the film and TV industry in Kenya, Showmax has unveiled four new Original productions to be released in 2022. The incoming slate includes Kenya’s first Christmas feature film, a crime drama series set...

Paratus Expands to DRC, Connects 620KM Fibre Optic Line

Telecommunications firm Paratus Group has announced its expansion into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This coincides with the news that Paratus has won, together with DRC based Global Broadband Solution (GBS), a government tender to activate a 620-kilometre fibre-optic...

Ethiopia’s Government Postpones Ethio Telecom Privatisation Process

The government of Ethiopia has announced today that it will be postponing the ongoing privatisation process of the state-owned Ethio Telecom, and did not set a timeframe for when the process will continue. In an announcement posted to Twitter by...

Moderna to Build its First African Vaccine Plant in Kenya Worth $500M

Massachusetts, US-based biotechnology and pharmaceuticals firm Moderna is set to build a manufacturing facility in Kenya to produce mRNA vaccines, including those for COVID-19. The facility is set to be Moderna's first manufacturing plant in Africa with the company expected...

New Bitcoin SV Ambassadors Appointed for East & West Africa

The Bitcoin Satoshi's Vision (BSV) blockchain's - the original Bitcoin blockchain created in 2018 - Switzerland-based organisation has appointed two new BSV Ambassadors as part of its global ambassador programme. Mohammed Ibrahim Jega and Geoffrey Weli-Wosu have both been appointed...

Rwanda’s Largest Bank Takes a Major Step Towards Modern Digital Banking

Temenos, the Swiss banking software company, today announces that Bank of Kigali Plc, Rwanda’s largest bank by assets and market share, has gone live on the Temenos platform effectively taking a major step towards modern digital banking practices. According to...

Equinix Prepares to Expand into Africa With This $320-Million Acquisition

Equinix, Inc., a worldwide digital infrastructure company, today announced its expansion into Africa through its intended acquisition of MainOne, a leading West African data centre and connectivity solutions provider, with a presence in Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. The acquisition is...

IoT-Fueled Gricd to Deliver 4.2-Million Moderna Jabs with Nigeria’s NPHCDA

Gricd, a cold chain technology company that uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to enable last-mile delivery of temperature-sensitive products, has teamed up with Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to deliver 4.2 million doses of the...
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African Fintech Giant Ranked as Fastest-Growing

The world’s leading financial publication confirmed Moniepoint’s accolade in its annual “Africa’s Fastest Growing Companies” survey, released yesterday. It...
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