Cellulant introduces digital payments platform Tingg in Zambia

ZAMBIA – In a bid to foster growth for both the formal and informal sector in Zambia, Pan-African payments business Cellulant has rolled out Tingg, a digital payments platform enabling businesses and their consumers to accept and make payments seamlessly. Payment technology over the years has completely transformed how retailers operate as approximately thirty years ago, most retailers across Africa did not accept credit cards, and mobile money was still an idea but over the past decade and a half, mobile money has transformed how African consumers access and use…

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Zambia signs MoU with REEEP to improve rural electrification efforts

ZAMBIA – The Rural Electrification Authority of Zambia and the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to monitor and support the country’s electrification efforts through data collection and analysis. The MoU outlines a joint effort to leverage the Edison data platform that was originally developed to monitor and support Zambia’s broader electrification efforts with advanced data collection and analysis on behalf of the Rural Electrification Authority (REA). The move underscores both organizations’ commitment to promoting and engendering access to modern, clean energy for rural…

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ICAC join hands with ITC to boost smallholder cotton yields in Zambia

ZAMBIA – The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) signed an MOU with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to double the yields of more than 50,000 smallholder cotton farmers for the next three years in Zambia.   The effort, which is part of a larger agreement between the ITC and the European Union for support in Zambia, will see ICAC involve two of its most advanced technologies – the interactive, voice-based Soil & Plant Health app, and the Virtual Reality Cotton Training Program. “ICAC’s pragmatic approach to increasing yields complements our…

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Alliance for Rural Electrification and SIAZ sign deal to boost energy access with renewables in Zambia

ZAMBIA – The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Solar Industry Association of Zambia (SAIZ), have joined forces to improve global energy access for at least 500 million people, create over five million green jobs, and avoid at least one billion tons of CO2e emissions by 2030. The two bodies aim to achieve this by promoting renewable energy technologies, such as household and mini-grid solar solutions, especially in rural areas with little access to electricity. The Brussels-based ARE has also signed similar agreements in Benin, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, and Cameroon.…

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Paratus Africa readies to open data centers in Zambia, Namibia

ZAMBIA – Pan-African telecommunications service provider Paratus Africa, has announced it is ready to open its data centre in Lusaka, Zambia. The company says COVID-19 has greatly accelerated the pace of reliance upon unlimited and quality internet connections. According to a 2020 World Bank study of 10,000 enterprises, including micro, small, and medium-sized businesses in 51 emerging and developing economies, around half of private firms had significantly ramped up their use of the internet to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Paratus Group says that with this increased shift to working…

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Ultra Green to break ground on 200MWp solar plant in Zambia

ZAMBIA – US-based Ultra Green Corporation plans to break ground on its 200 MWp Serenje solar photovoltaic power plant in September 2021 which will be connected to Zambia’s national power grid. According to Emmanuel Mwizerwa, the managing director of Ultra Green Corporation Zambia, the solar photovoltaic plant will be built on a 448-hectare site in Kosamu and with 465 people employed at the project site, the U.S.-based company hopes to complete the project after 15 to 18 months of construction. The 200 MWp Serenje solar power plant will be one…

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Qatar Airways to add Lusaka, Harare routes starting August 2021

ZAMBIA – Qatar Airways will add Zambia and Zimbabwe to its expanding list of destinations in Africa beginning early August 2021. The launch of Lusaka and Harare supports increased demand for trade between Zambia and Zimbabwe and destinations on the Qatar Airways network such as London, Frankfurt and New York and from multiple points in China. With a total of 30 tonnes of cargo capacity on the aircraft per flight, Qatar Airways Cargo will play a key role in facilitating key exports from Zambia and Zimbabwe. The new service to…

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Mastercard partners Zamtel to transform digital payments in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Global payments and tech company Mastercard and Zamtel have announced a strategic partnership that will enable Zamtel Mobile Money customers, even those without bank accounts to make safe and seamless digital payments on the Mastercard network including international e-commerce transactions. The partnership is expected to drive financial inclusion and improve access to the digital economy. Under the agreement, Zamtel will launch a suite of Mastercard products including a Mastercard virtual solution, a physical debit card, and Mastercard QR, giving its Mobile Money customers new ways to access and…

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AfDB approves US$1.4m grant to improve food security in Zambia in the wake of Covid-19

ZAMBIA – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a US$1.4 million grant from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program to reduce malnutrition among the Southern African nation’s most vulnerable households. The Mitigating Impacts of Covid-19 on Household Food Security Project will create about 150 permanent skilled or semi-skilled positions and 40 part-time unskilled jobs in crop, livestock and fisheries value chains. The project will supply inputs for crops, livestock and aquaculture enterprises to promote good agricultural practices and increase food production and a capacity…

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NAS wins airport lounge tender for the new terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

ZAMBIA – National Aviation Services (NAS), airport services provider, and NAC2000 Corporation have been awarded a tender to operate an airport lounge in the new terminal at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka, Zambia. The five-year tender includes building a 588M2 exclusive departure lounge that will cater to all passengers travelling out of the airport in Lusaka that will offer a comfortable space for passengers to relax, enjoy a meal, or catch up on last-minute work before boarding their flight. The new Pearl Lounge will be part of more…

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