As the East African Community, EAC, member states eye innovative ways of deepening integration and trading more with each other, the bloc and individual countries are putting in place mechanisms, policies and legislation that seek to address longstanding hiccups that have put the brakes on seamless regional trade.
How does the East African region achieve a full economic recovery from the impact of the pandemic while also building toward a more globally-competitive and sustainable future?
Coca-Cola Africa Operating Unit (“AOU”) and its bottling partners announced the launch of JAMII, the new Africa-focused sustainability platform.
Global Kaspersky research unveils that 37% of healthcare providers across the META region have experienced cases where their employees compromised customers’ personal information during remote consultations.
This festive season Liquid Intelligent Technologies Rwanda, a business of Cassava Technologies, is bringing cheer to its customers by increasing internet capacity on existing home packages while keeping it at the same price.
The leading provider of digital services in Rwanda, Liquid Intelligent Technologies partnered with the Rwandan Ministry of ICT & Innovation and Rwanda Development board to provide seamless connectivity at the Hanga Pitchfest 2021
Information and insights company TransUnion Africa has announced the appointment of Morris Maina as chief executive officer (CEO) of the company’s rapidly-growing Kenyan operation.
Online privacy and security is an ongoing battle and that organisations of all sizes will have to keep stepping up their efforts when it comes to protecting their customers and staff
Equity Bank has announced a reduction in the duration it takes to settle PayPal withdrawals from 3 Business days to just 24 hours or one business day.
Nigeria's last-mile delivery startup Kwik Delivery, trading name of Africa Delivery Technologies SAS, announced today that its GMV and revenue for 2021 grew by over 400% year on year.
The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Abdullahi, announced the lifting of the suspension in a statement saying president Buhari had given the approval to lift the suspension.
[Uganda] MTN MoMo Launches an overdraft facility that enables Customers transact beyond their MoMo wallet balances
[Uganda] MTN MoMo Launches an overdraft facility that enables Customers transact beyond their MoMo wallet balances
MARAMOJA Transport has opened its API to local fintechs and Insurtechs. Through a new partnership with Switchlink Africa, service providers will be able to connect with MARAMOJA's over 100,000 drivers and customers.
57% of businesses surveyed across META list lack of expertise as a top reason for outsourcing IT security
More than half (57%) of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises across the META region listed the need for special expertise among their top reasons for engaging third-party security specialists in 2021.
[South Africa] Realness Institute and Netflix Extend 2022 Episodic Lab and DET Entry Deadline For African Writers
Realness Institute in partnership with Netflix has extended calls for submissions calls for the 2022 Episodic Lab and Development Executive Traineeship (DET) programmes from African writers.
Afrikrea, an Ivorian e-commerce startup has raised $6.2M pre-Series A round led by Investisseurs & Partenaires. The startup has also rebranded to “ANKA”.
The majority of airlines (84%) and airports (81%) expect to spend the same or more in 2022 compared to 2021, with spending on automation of passenger processing seeing a significant rise.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and his counterpart in the Ministry of Interior will commission a Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC) project in Osun State on January 14, 2022.
[Column] Tris Morgan: The future Chief Information Security Officer (CISCO) is a Chief Trust Officer
As the CISO’s role changes, they’re taking on a newfound importance in their organisation and becoming the face of trust - driving strategies forward and enabling the business.
Orange Ventures has opened applications for its Seed Challenge that will see the VC form award one fintech startup from Egypt with $570,000 in funding.
The research found that organisations globally widely use medical equipment with a legacy OS, mainly because of high upgrade costs, compatibility issues, or a lack of internal knowledge on how to upgrade, among other reasons.
The global crisis introduced the necessity to innovate, forcing many to rethink how they communicate with their customers and repackage product and service offerings for the new landscape.
Mastercard is bringing awareness to some of the world’s most critical issues through an innovative podcast series ‘Journey to One Billion’.
Equity Bank Uganda has officially launched the Equity Leaders Program (ELP) by admitting its first cohort of 123 top-performing scholars from the 43 Districts where the Bank has a branch presence.
Pay Television Company StarTimes Media has acquired broadcasting rights the TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in sub-Saharan Africa.
Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has developed a cybersecurity policy, making it one of the first organisations to address the challenge of the human augmentation phenomenon.
The ability to communicate globally has made it effortless to share information with those in different time zones and locations.
NuRAN announces agreement for us$15,000,000 senior credit facility as financing for Cameroon and DRC projects
NuRAN Wireless Inc., a specialist rural telecommunications company, is pleased to announce an agreement in principle for a senior secured credit facility with a development finance institution that provides up to US$15,000,000 in total funding.
Samsung Electronics unveils ‘Together for Tomorrow’ vision to build a more sustainable and connected future
The company’s “Together for tomorrow” vision is one that empowers everyone to create positive change and drives collaborations that address some of the planet’s most pressing challenges.
The Covid-19 crisis has pierced through the fabric of every layer of society, leaving virtually no country unscathed. The consequences for businesses has been significant and African economies have had to make rapid changes to their way of doing business.
The World Bank Group and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced the winners of The Global Women's HealthTech Awards.
Data erasure is the software-based method of securely overwriting data from any data storage device using zeros and ones onto all sectors of the device.
As we kick off the new year, Marius Reitz, Luno’s General Manager for Africa, explores three key trends to expect on the continent throughout the year:
In 2021, Kaspersky’s detection systems discovered 380,000 malicious files per day, indicating a 5.7% increase compared to 2020.
Sophos research explains how attackers attempt to bypass security controls by using a combination of Windows Safe Mode and the AnyDesk remote administration tool.
Ghanaian health tech startup mPharma has raised $35 million in a Series D round led by Citigroup Inc. The startup intends to use this new funding to hire more engineers to help grow its data infrastructure.
[Kenya] KEMSA introduces use of e-POD application to help enhance efficiency of delivery of medicines and supplies to health facilities
Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) has rolled out the use of Electronic Proof of Deliveries (e-POD) application to help enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of family planning commodities.
Huawei Technologies has set an ambitious target of training nearly 1 million new ICT professionals in partnership with universities in Africa.
Merck Foundation yesterday held a ceremony to reward 13 winners of best African Women Researchers and best Young African Researchers of MARS Awards 2021.
In 2021, Syndicate invested in 11 companies led by amazing founders across 7 different verticals like consumer and lifestyle, logistics, health, fintech, data and business intelligence, Agritech and identity management.
One of West Africa's leading medicines manufacturers chose SAP S/4HANA to transform its operations and establish a robust and integrated system enabling real-time decision-making.
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will publish regulations governing the operations of Digital Credit Providers (popularly known as ‘mobile loan apps’) by March 23, 2022.
Companies deploy multiple security, intelligence and productivity monitoring tools in the hopes of working smarter and safer. However, none of these solutions focus on the humans driving day-to-day operations.
Flat6Labs has partnered ESLSCA University to launch a new innovation and entrepreneurship incubation programme to empower undergraduate students to develop viable and sustainable businesses upon graduation.
Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, announced the appointment of Helmut Reisinger to the position of CEO for the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
International cash payments platform Pipit Global and Cellulant have extended their partnership agreement to now include eighteen countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Telkom has introduced the T-kash App, an easy-to-use application that will enable its customers to access a wider service offering on its digital financial services platform.
Whenever a user, or consumer, creates a profile or account on any online platform, they must have a unique way to identify themselves and give them access to their data.
Telkom Kenya has welcomed the Communications Authority’s review of mobile calling rates for local telcos saying the move timely and is a progressive step towards making voice services more affordable and accessible to Kenyans.
[Nigeria] The Tony Elumelu Foundation opens applications for its $5000 2022 Entrepreneurship Programme
The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is open to African entrepreneurs with business ideas or existing businesses under 5 years from all 54 African countries
[Kenya] Equity Acquires $165 million Loan from IFC for Onward Lending to SMEs and Climate Smart Projects
Equity Group has acquired a $165 million loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help it increase working capital and trade-related lending to its small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) clients in Kenya.
Chinese smartphone maker TECNO is working with BBC Storyworks, BBC Studios’ in-house commercial content studio to create a short film on mobile camera innovation.
Telkom Kenya has launched the T-kash App, an easy-to-use application that will enable its customers to access a wider service offering on its digital financial services platform.
Xcelerate, Inc. has signed a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement to acquire a 51% interest in AfiyaSasa Africa, LLC, ASA, a start-up medical technology and virtual health company.
The South Africa E-Commerce market is poised to reach $ 7.9 Billion by 2027 from $4.5 Billion in 2021 according to a recent report by Research and Markets.
The Nigerian government has extended the deadline for National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification until 31 March 2022 from end-2021.
The Communications Authority of Kenya, CA., recently moved to reduce the MTR and FTR from the current rate of Kshs.0.99 per minute to Kshs.0.12 per minute in the exercise of its statutory mandate, under the Kenya Communications Act.
Streaming services in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt and other parts of Africa, ranked highest at 273 per cent ahead of other regions of the world.
[Ghana] Communications Authority gives Celltel green light to launch $300m Ghana Smart Cities Project
The National Communications Authority has granted full nationwide authorization to Celltel, a wholly-owned Ghanaian company, to roll out a $300million Ghana Smart Cities Project.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved an equity investment pool of €10.5 million toward the first close of the Janngo Start-Up Fund, a pan-African tech start-up fund.
The automation is expected to drastically reduce the time and cost of seeking various services from the board by the business community and other clients due to shift from the manual system that required many physical visits to the board.
As the internet increasingly redefines human relations and penetration takes shape across Africa, the East African region is tapping into the numerous benefits that comes with connectivity.
Visa has announced it has completed the acquisition of Currencycloud, a global platform that enables banks and fintechs to provide innovative foreign exchange solutions for cross-border payments.
COVID-19 has propelled the adoption of digital payment platforms for millions of people across the African continent. The need for contactless methods of making transactions, transformed what was once a nice-to-have into a necessity.
UNESCO, Huawei and the Government of Kenya launch the DigiSchool pilot project on school connectivity
During the launch ceremony, the connection to the Internet was tested by setting up a virtual meeting which enabled participants in the 13 connected schools to interact virtually.
Following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on governments and citizens, countries across the African continent are looking at e-government with renewed interest and urgency.
Since the beginning of 2021, Africa-based tech startups have raised more than $2.9 billion with Nigerian startups which are creating new products, services, and platforms raising $1.7 billion of this total or about 60% of it, a new report has found.
Forrester predicts that the general-purpose cloud has had its time, and that in 2022 we can expect to see the growth of specialised industry clouds, with solutions tailored for each sector.
Absa Bank Kenya, in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation have launched a KES 50 Million program aimed at increasing growth and competitiveness of 1,500 women-owned SMEs.
African Development Fund grants $1.5m to strengthen policy environment for digital trade and e-Commerce across Africa
The African Development Bank Group approved a $1.5 million grant to assess policy gaps in the digital trade and e-Commerce ecosystems in 10 countries in Africa.
The tech world was shaken this past week. A vulnerability affecting Apache Log4j versions 2.0 to 2.14.1 was disclosed on the project’s GitHub page.
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region are recognizing digitalization as essential to staying competitive in a transformed business and economic environment
[Egypt] Financial wellness platform NowPay announces new partnership with world's biggest food and beverages providers
NowPay, Egypt’s leading financial wellness platform has announced partnerships with some of the world’s biggest names in the food and beverages sector, including McDonalds and KFC
FSD Africa Investments (FSDAi), the investing arm of FSD Africa, has today announced a £3m investment in Kenyan fintech firm IMFact.
[Kenya] Fintech startup Tanda inks deal with Twiga Foods to enable vendors vend its digital financial services
Kenya’s fintech startup Tanda has today announced a new partnership with Twiga Foods that will see Twiga vendors become a one-stop-shop for a variety of digital and financial services offered by Tanda.
Yellow Pages has launched a new service known as Yellow Connect designed to help SMEs grow the visibility of their businesses both online and offline.
Nigeria-based Ventures Platform has announced the first close of its $40 million pan-African fund to invest in market-creating innovations across Africa.
Nigeria has moved a step closer to rolling out its landmark Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB) that will further deepen the country’s technology ecosystem and enable a sector on the cusp of exponential growth.
A digital marketing agency is undoubtedly one of the most profitable and rewarding businesses you can operate in Africa for a number of reasons.
Safaricom partnered with Google and Transsion, the company behind TECNO, Infinix and itel to add new devices under its Lipa Mdogo Mdogo smartphone financing plan
Safaricom has announced the expansion of its Baze platform to include music, enabling its customers to enjoy a mobile-first, ad-free, music streaming experience from as little as KES 10 per day.
Writer Information Management Services (Writer Information), announced its cyber security services partnership with Morphisec, to offer its cyber threat-prevention platform in the GCC region.
Digital talent in Africa is more willing to change jobs and relocate for better opportunities, report
Digital talent in Africa leads the pack in looking to change jobs in the near future for better career opportunities. This is according to the findings of a Decoding the Digital Talent Challenge report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network
Safaricom has partnered with Google and Transsion, the company behind TECNO, Infinix and itel, to enable Kenyans access more 4G devices under the Lipa Mdogo Mdogo financing plan.
The pandemic exposed and perhaps exacerbated the financial inclusion gaps among the underprivileged who lack access to financial services, with statistics showing that close to two billion people worldwide do not have access to financial institutions.
Meta has announced a new partnership with HerHustle to launch a program to equip women entrepreneurs in Kenya with the knowledge and digital skills to grow their businesses online.
Telkom Kenya, and the financial services group Britam Holding, have partnered to launch a mobile-based insurance product.
Kenyan startup Wowzi has raised $2 million in seed funding to expand its digital marketplace across Africa. The round was led by 4DX Ventures.
Lagos- and London-based startup online learning platform, Edukoya has raised $3.5 million in a pre-seed round led by Target Global.
Cassava Technologies and ITC Secure announce joint venture to expand Microsoft cloud security expertise in Africa
ITC Secure and a Microsoft Gold cyber security partner, and Cassava Technologies, announced that they have entered into a Joint Venture to build and launch an extensive portfolio of cyber security services, powered by Microsoft Azure cloud technologies in Africa.
Orange et la Coopération Allemande inaugurent le 8e Orange Digital Center en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient
Orange et la Coopération Allemande inaugurent le 8e « Orange Digital Center », un écosystème digital entièrement dédié au développement des compétences numériques et à l’innovation pour former les jeunes aux nouvelles technologies et renforcer leur employabilité.
Released globally in April 2018, HUAWEI AppGallery is now available in more than 190 countries, including, South Africa. In such a short space of time, it has already become one of the top used App platforms in the world.
MTN Nigeria has announced that it has been successful in its bid to acquire one of the two 100MHZ spectrum licenses in the 3.5GHz spectrum band auctioned by the Nigerian Communications Commission
Harnessing the power of the hybrid cloud platforms are just some of the strategies that agencies and advertising firms are utilizing to increase collaboration
PanAfrican Capital Holdings (PAC Holdings) has set up The Catalyst, a venture capital project, to identify and invest in growth to product-expansion stage companies with convincing business models and market opportunities.
Zwarttech, the Netherlands-based tech startup is changing its name to Zarttech to strengthen its service offerings and consolidate its market position.
According to a new Kaspersky study, most parents are worried about their children’s digital behaviour and want to manage and monitor it.
Cassava Technologies has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mitsui for the development of digital infrastructure and services in Africa.
MTN Group on Friday launched the construction of a state-of-the-art headquarters for MTN Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the start of a local trial of 5G services in Abidjan.
Fraudsters are constantly finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and attack corporate payment systems and it’s critical that we all work together and share information to remain one step ahead of scammers.