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Posts Tagged ‘world bank’

  • eGhana project receives biometric boost

    April 9, 2013 • Security, Top StoriesComments Off on eGhana project receives biometric boost

    Gemalto, an established provider of digital security services, has been appointed as prime contractor and turnkey supplier to provide Ghana Immigration Services (GIS) with a highly secure electronic visa and border management solution. This initiative is...

  • Egypt: mobile app directs developers to first prize

    February 22, 2013 • Online & SocialComments Off on Egypt: mobile app directs developers to first prize

    A popular mobile phone application that assists Egyptian drivers with road assistance and car maintenance has received $3,000 at the first ever Cairo Transport App Challenge. Users of the application tell Bikyanews.com that it has helped them find new routes...

  • 45% of Rwandans have access to mobile phones

    August 29, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on 45% of Rwandans have access to mobile phones

    A media report published in The New Times states that approximately 45% of Rwandans have access to a mobile phone. The article refers to the 2012 edition of the World Bank’s Information and Communication for Development Report and the statement that there...

  • “Mobile money in Kenya needs more regulation” – World Bank

    July 20, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on “Mobile money in Kenya needs more regulation” – World Bank

    According to the Word Bank, the mobile money market in Kenya is in dire need of further regulation in order to provide a level playing field for all the providers and to provide a platform for fair competition. A report published by the body...

  • Three-quarters of world’s population have mobile phone access

    July 17, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Three-quarters of world’s population have mobile phone access

    Three-quarters of the world’s population have access to a mobile phone according to the World Bank reports Abuja’s Leadership newspaper.   According to the report the global financial organisation and its technology entrepreneurship programme,...

  • Kenyans could soon buy bonds over the phone

    May 8, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenyans could soon buy bonds over the phone

    An initiative called “Treasury Mobile Direct” by World Bank and Central Bank will enable Kenyans to purchase bonds using their mobile handsets. The project follows the rise and adoption of mobile handsets in Kenya. According to reports by the...

  • Kenya receives R425-million ICT funding

    May 7, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Kenya receives R425-million ICT funding

    Kenya’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector has received a R425-million injection from the World Bank in a signed loan agreement between the World Bank and Kenya’s Treasury. This is the second time that Kenya received funding from the...

  • World Bank to improve MENA’s broadband

    March 8, 2012 • Top StoriesComments Off on World Bank to improve MENA’s broadband

    The World Bank yesterday launched a regional initiative to improve broadband connectivity in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, by optimising fiber optic networks for broadband use. According to the bank, their new focus looks at citizen...

  • World Bank lauds Kenya ICT, telecom sectors

    January 18, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on World Bank lauds Kenya ICT, telecom sectors

    A recent World Bank report has praised Kenya’s efforts to boost its economy through technology and telecom. The report comes as the Kenyan government continues to push forward on ambitious efforts to increase its telecom and ICT industry. The report said...

  • Korean companies invest in Africa

    November 3, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (2)

    Korean mining, electronics, power generation and telecommunications companies are looking to invest more in African countries, as these markets expand at an accelerated pace. Many African nations have seen strong growth due to an increase in foreign direct...

  • Ghana spent $1-billion in Telecoms investments

    September 20, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Ghana spent $1-billion in Telecoms investments

    In a report released by the World Bank, it has emerged that Ghana has received more than $1-billion in telecom investment in the country for a ten-year period (1998 – 2008). It seems to have paid off, as the cheapest call to the US from Africa stems...

  • Google maps out Southern Sudan

    July 1, 2011 • Top StoriesComments Off on Google maps out Southern Sudan

    Google has teamed up with World Bank, UNOSAT, and RCMRD to bring together more than 100 Sudanese in the diaspora to map Southern Sudan, ahead of the country’s July 9th independence day. The event is the second of a series of mapping sessions, which have...

  • ICT key to Kenya’s growth

    June 17, 2011 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on ICT key to Kenya’s growth

    ICT is key to a continued economic growth for Kenya. This is the sentiment of the World Bank’s top Kenya representative Johannes Zutt. Zutt was addressing official delegates during the opening of a new Media Lab, funded by the bank. Zutt says a combination...

  • Soros firm in Nigerian telecom dispute

    May 23, 2011 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Soros firm in Nigerian telecom dispute

    A British newspaper reported that a private equity firm backed by George Soros, is currently in a dispute with the Nigerian government over mobile phone towers in the country. According to the UK’s Telegraph, Helios Investment Partners, currently headed by...

  • Technology to boost reconstruction of Southern Sudan

    April 29, 2011 • Top StoriesComments Off on Technology to boost reconstruction of Southern Sudan

    Google and the World Bank have joined hands towards supporting development in the war ravaged South Sudan with Diaspora-driven Mapathon. Following many years of civil war, Google and the World Bank have joined forces to train 60 South Sudanese in America with...

  • Nigeria to receive $79m telecoms investment

    February 21, 2011 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (1)

    IHS Nigeria Plc (IHS) and Investec Asset Management, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) have concluded an agreement worth US$79 million (N11.9 billion). This...