Nigeria Bans Foreign Professionals Without Nigeria Certification As Move Tp Boost Boost Technological AcquisitionBy Staff, 8:30 am
The Federal Executive Council, FEC, approved a new policy that for any foreign professionals to practice in Nigeria, they have to be registered and certified. This is as the Federal Government has declared a state of emergency on science and technology to boost technological acquisition for the industrial growth of the country. To attract foreign industries, the Federal Executive Council has approved tax rebate which will serve as an incentive for pioneer industries operating in Nigeria.
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The Nigerian startup space is developing at speed, and stands a good chance of being the continent’s leader in the next few years when it comes to the amount of funding raised. According to the annual African Tech Startups Funding Report produced by Disrupt Africa, Nigerian startups are the second most backed on the continent, while a recent survey by VC4Africa placed the country first. It is certainly getting easier to raise funding as a Nigerian startup as opposed to, say, five years ago.
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Ghana launched its first radio astronomy observatory in an effort to widen knowledge of African skies, catalyze skills development, and attract scientists. A 32-meter wide (104-foot) radio telescope, converted from an old telecommunications dish, forms the heart of the observatory, which is in Kuntunse. Astronomers are eyeing these dishes with plans to turn them into radio telescopes. Ghana’s dish, donated to the government by V odafone, is the first of a number of planned conversions.
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The cutting edge of drone delivery isn’t one of the usual technology hotspots, such as Singapore or the United States. The honor belongs to East Africa. A second East African nation announced it will launch a fully automated drone delivery program. The drones will fly themselves, far from the view of humans — a move that’s not yet legal in the U.S. While plenty of countries have dabbled in drone delivery, no program has matched the scale and impact of what’s unfolding in Rwanda and Tanzania.
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Law firm Baker McKenzie has released its latest quarterly Cross-border M&A Index, showing a massive drop in the number of inbound M&A deals across Africa and South Africa – but there’s a positive spin for the SA tech sector. According to the report, there were 17 inbound M&A deals in Africa in the second quarter of 2017 – a 48 percent drop from 33 deals in Q2 2016. The deal value for inbound deals amounted to $780 million, decreasing by 83% year-on-year and 88% on a quarter-by-quarter basis.
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“It’s still fresh in my mind, the scene of female genital mutilation,” said Purity Achieng, a 17-year-old from Kenya. Achieng was speaking n the finals of the Technovation Challenge World Pitch Summit, a competition that invites girls to come up with tech solutions to local community problems. Achieng and her team call themselves “The Restorers.” They are taking on Female Genital Mutilation or FGM. They have created an app, called i-Cut, which connects girls at risk of FGM with rescue agents.
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It would take more than a day to download a high definition movie of 7.5 gigabytes in countries with the slowest internet speeds. It turns out most of those countries are in Africa, data from a global broadband speed league shows. The speed gaps between various countries remains very wide as the five fastest countries have download speeds which are around 40 times faster than the five slowest. Singapore ranks as the highest while Yemen props up the list with meager average speed of 0.34 Mbps.
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Senegal’s tech scene has been slow to get off the ground due to a lack of qualified coders. But a locally run company is trying to change that, while also helping young people find jobs. Local tech start-ups are tackling day-to-day conveniences in the capital, Dakar. Firefly places TV screens in public buses, but has struggled to find qualified web and mobile app developers in Senegal. “They are trained in technologies we do not work with,” explains Mafal Lo, one of the co-founders of Firefly.
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The picture isn’t rosy. Of the STEM disciplines, tech is the only one where the participation of women has actually decreased in the last 20 years.This is due to many reasons, not the least of which is the underestimation of the entrepreneurship potential of women. She Leads Africa, a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, in partnership with beauty brand, Dark & Lovely Africa, has just opened applications for the 2017 Dark & Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator.
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The IT industry is in a position to change the roles of women in the workplace and society–as new technology-enabled learning, employment, and business opportunities emerge in the digital era. We’re seeing a number of important tech trends converging: from high-speed mobile networks, to low-cost smartphones, publicly-available e-learning tools and powerful Cloud-enabled software. Today, one’s location becomes less important, as women in rural areas gain more opportunities to empower themselves.