Orange S.A. and GIZ partner to launch a digital centre in Ethiopia, 3rd in MEA region

ETHIOPIA – GIZ, a German development agency, Orange, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Innovation and Technology  have partnered to launch the Addis Ababa Orange Digital Centre, an ecosystem that is entirely dedicated to digital skills and innovation. After launches in Tunisia and Senegal, Ethiopia will be home to the third Orange Digital Centre in Africa and the Middle East. Occupying a space of 500m2, it is the first centre in East Africa that will operate as a strategic network, allowing experiences and expertise to be shared between countries and offering a simple…

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Portuguese Brave Generation Academy to open new educational hubs across Africa

AFRICA – The Brave Generation Academy, a disruptive approach to education that will change the course of schooling, is looking for people with the passion to make the difference to become partners in opening new educational hubs across Africa. With an online curriculum that is recognised by the world’s leading universities as the gold standard of international education, the Brave Generation Academy has a network of hubs that integrate with the community and democratise education for their learners.  Opening a Brave Hub is an opportunity to combine profit with purpose by having a ground-breaking business model…

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Chinese tech company vivo launches V20 phone model in Kenya

KENYA – Technology giant vivo has unveiled its latest premium phone device, the vivo V20, in the Kenyan market, increasing competition in the country’s smartphones market.  The newly launched camera-oriented device which comes with a 44MP Eye Autofocus front camera uses advanced AI algorithms to focus on moving subjects for clear selfies and targets the growing numbers of young technology consumers in the country. According to the latest data from the Communications Authority of Kenya, as of June 30, 2020, the number of mobile subscriptions stood at 57.0 million, an…

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AU, Africa CDC launches tech portal to digitise COVID-19 certificates for travel

AFRICA – The African Union Commission and the Africa Centre for Disease Control Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a Covid-19 “Trusted Travel” portal to simplify verification of public health documentation of travellers during entry and exit across borders. The portal’s key features include information about the latest travel restrictions and entry requirements, a database of authorised laboratories and vaccination compliance information as well as Africa CDC mutual recognition protocol for Covid-19 testing and test results and vaccination certificates. That means that tests conducted in any member state of the AU…

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Commonwealth countries aim to unlock potential of FinTech

AFRICA – An innovative toolkit to help countries unlock the potential of financial technology to deliver inclusive economic progress has been launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat. The toolkit has been created in response to the requests of Central Bank Governors from across many Commonwealth countries and developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat with funding support from the Australian Government. Data by the Secretariat indicates that advances in financial technology (FinTech) in the past decade have revolutionised many aspects of financial services and expanded the provision of banking services.  Driven by rapid…

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Crown Agents Bank partners with VodaCash for digital payments in DRC

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Crown Agents Bank Ltd has signed a collaboration agreement with VodaCash SA in the innovating project of enabling international mobile payments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through M-Pesa brand The partnership is set to allow VodaCash, through Crown Agents Bank to assist international development organizations to further the transitioning of their payments to recipients and vendors from cash to digital, enhancing financial access, while at the same time reducing costs and delays. Crown Agents Bank will integrate its payment gateway with VodaCash platform and services…

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Kenya Bankers Association, Huawei sign financial inclusion promotion agreement

KENYA – The Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) has signed a collaboration agreement with tech-firm Huawei-Kenya that seeks to deepen financial inclusion in the banking sector through further deployment of technology and building fintech capacity. In the partnership, KBA will work closely with Huawei-Kenya to spearhead industrywide capacity building initiatives aimed at promoting knowledge on financial technology innovation, digital transformation and other ICT-related programmes in the banking industry. Under the partnership, KBA and Huawei will also aim to promote financial inclusion activities in line with the KBA Strategic Plan for the…

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Nigerian startup Seta launches app to help companies determine market presence

NIGERIA – Seta Field Services, a Nigerian tech startup, has launched a shelf-execution tracking application that helps consumer goods companies measure share-of-shelf, distribution, and presence across multiple outlets in multiple locations. The application known as FETA (field execution tracking application) counts the number of times a product appears in a photo or video, and compares it with the number of times other selected products appear to determine company’s share-of-shelf, presence, and distribution figures. The platform employs artificial intelligence in measuring and tracking share-of-shelf of a product versus full category. It…

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Nigerian startup Chekkit Partners with Afghanistan to fight counterfeit drugs

NIGERIA – Nigerian anti-counterfeiting startup Chekkit has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health that will see the two parties partner in the fight against counterfeit medications in the country. Chekkit is an anti-counterfeiting, asset tracking and consumer feedback analytics tool which produces tamper-proof unique ID labels, either as QR codes or numeric codes. This ID Labels can be placed on premium packaged food and beverage products for supply chain and consumer feedback tracking. The Chekkit Afghani project will begin with a three-month pilot programme…

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Food delivery startup Ordera raises funding for Egyptian expansion

EGYPT – Ordera, a Cairo-based food delivery startup has raised funds in a seed funding round to help it expand its team and launch its services in new cities. The startup which was launched last year by Karim Abdel Kader, Noha Bassiouny and Abeer Mostafa, allows users to pre-order and pay for food online. Once food is ordered and paid for, users are provided with either contactless drive-through or an on-the-go pick-up options when picking up their orders. The startup says it has witnessed a surge in the number of…

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