IRENA and IAEA to assist African Union develop the African Power Master Plan

AFRICA – The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been selected as modelling partners for the development of the African Continental Power Systems Master Plan (CMP). The initiative is led by the African Union Development Agency (AUDA) with the technical and financial support of the European Union (EU) and is aimed at establishing a long-term continent-wide planning process. The two agencies’ modelling tools will be the official planning models utilised in this initiative. African energy ministers tasked the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)…

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Auto financing firm Autochek acquires online marketplace Cheki

EAST AFRICA – Autochek, a Nigerian automotive tech company, has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire ROAM Africa’s automotive marketplaces Cheki Kenya and Uganda.  Autochek is an automotive technology company facilitating auto financing across Africa with operations in Nigeria and Ghana. The move to acquire Cheki Kenya and Uganda comes just one year after the company successfully acquired Cheki Nigeria and Ghana as part of its launch in West Africa. The deal will be finalized within the following weeks and will see Cheki Kenya and Uganda’s operations…

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Astral Aviation and Airlink Cargo sign interline agreement

KENYA – Astral Aviation and Airlink Cargo have signed a broad interline agreement connecting the networks of the two companies. The new commercial partnership is bound to boost airfreight cargo logistics in Africa, providing more options and access to the Sub-Saharan market through the two airlines’ hubs in Johannesburg and Nairobi. In line with the agreement, Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), Dubai will function as the key transit point. The agreement is effective from August 1 2021 and Airlink Cargo is widening its network with Astral Aviation to include Dubai.…

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Swissport rolls out new cargo app

AFRICA – Swissport is equipping its cargo workers with a brand-new mobile application and new handheld devices to further digitize its air cargo warehousing process and offer real-time visibility on cargo shipments. The Cargospot cargo app, developed by CHAMP Cargosystems, is to record every step of the warehousing process, such as for example acceptance, build-up, check-in of goods and delivery. The mobile cargo application has already been rolled out at Swissport’s cargo operations in Helsinki, Basel, Hamburg, Manchester and Frankfurt. Next, the app will be introduced at locations across Africa, the US,…

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LG Electronics unveils a US$20m global competition for tech startups

WORLD – LG Electronics has launched Mission for the Future, a global contest for startups to unlock innovative technologies and business ideas into the future. The inaugural competition will be hosted by the company’s new Silicon Valley-based innovation center, LG NOVA, a strategic team within LG working with startups and entrepreneur communities to build new businesses and tap innovation from outside LG. The contest will be a nine-month annual challenge seeking the best ideas, concepts, and businesses for a greener, smarter, healthier, more connected future. The selected startups will begin working with the…

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Rwanda Coding Academy receives US$7.1m support from Koica

RWANDA – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has signed a Record of Discussion (R/D) with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the Ministry of Education for the implementation of the Rwanda Coding Academy (RCA) Capacity Development Project worth US$ 7.1 million. The Government of Rwanda will provide the counterpart funding of US$ 800,000 for the project, making the total value of project US$ 7.9 million. The signing ceremony was virtually held in observance of the current health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the R/D…

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Raxio Group picks Master Power to manufacture and install its data centers in Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – Raxio Group, a premier pan-African data centre developer and operator has picked Master Power Technologies, a leading data centre solutions company, specialising in the supply and installation of pre-engineered data centres in the continent to build and install its multiple data centres in Africa.  Following its first facility in Uganda, Raxio’s next suite of data centres are being developed in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique in order to deliver premier colocation services to the region. The infrastructure will help drive growth to the region by supporting the rising consumption of data…

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De Beers partners National Geographic Society for wildlife conservation in Okavango Basin

NAMIBIA – Diamond conglomerate De Beers has signed a five-year partnership with the National Geographic Society to preserve the rich biodiversity of the Okavango Basin, which straddles central and southern Africa and coming at a time when this African wildlife refuge is threatened by oil development. Over the years, the National Geographic Society has become a key player in the preservation of biodiversity in Africa, thanks in part to its National Geographic Wild television channel. The “Okavango Eternal” initiative aims to strengthen nature conservation and community support in the Okavango…

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