Uganda: Latest News

  • Why Connectivity Is Key To African Growth

    By Tom Jackson, 6:56 am AFKI Original

    A recent McKinsey report on “digital globalisation” found flows of data and information now generate more economic value than the global trade in goods. Essentially, this means that an industry that did not exist 15 years ago is now bringing in more value to a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than the centuries-old trade in goods. That is quite something.

  • Can Solar Micro-Grids Transform The African Grid?

    solar power purchase agreements By Staff, 7:13 am

    Nearly 100 million people are now on the first steps of the energy ladder thanks to the rapid deployment of solar home systems in poor communities across the world. That’s incredible progress that marks the beginning, not the end, of clean energy access. With increasing attention being paid to the missing middle excitement about the opportunity to end energy poverty is palpable.

  • Uganda Won’t Produce Solar-Powered Buses Anytime Soon

    Africa's rising automakers By Kevin Mwanza, 7:57 am

    Kiira Motors Corporation, the Ugandan motor-vehicle manufacturer that produced Africa’s first ever solar-powered bus in February will not commercially produce similar buses for at least the next ten years, further pushing forward the continent’s dream of producing eco-friendly cars. The delay has been caused by lack of financial partners ready to support the Ugandan auto-maker venture into the market.

  • Uganda Could Become First African Nation To Adopt Bitcoin Regulations

    By Kevin Mwanza, 5:27 am

    Uganda could become the first African nation to adopt legal regulations in the use of bitcoin in monetary transactions after hosting an event focused on the policy guidelines, legal and social-cultural issues on the use of crypto-currencies on the continent. The Ugandan government has left the digital currency, which is owned by BitPesa of Kenya, largely un-regulated since its entry into the region’s second biggest economy in November, last year.

  • AfDB Approves $10M Equity Investment In TIDE Africa Fund

    emerging market capital flight By Kevin Mwanza, 8:52 am

    African development Bank (AfDB) approved a $10 million equity funding to boost Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-driven production and growth in six sub-Saharan Africa countries. The Technology and Innovation in Developing Economies (TIDE) Fund 1 will invest in companies that use new technology to provide affordable services in the energy, agribusiness, financial, education and healthcare sectors

  • African Govts. Holding $2B Revenue Owed To Foreign Airlines

    By Kevin Mwanza, 7:07 am

    The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) urged African governments to release about $ 2 billion in revenue owed to foreign carriers to avoid suspension or shut-down of operations on the continent. The pan-African body said that the Angolan, Nigerian, Egyptian and Sudanese governments have blocked repatriation of the earnings, which has also contributed to the turbulent market faced by several airlines.

  • 12 African Business Leaders Worth Following On Twitter

    African Business Leaders By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:33 am AFKI Original

    African business leaders make use of social media to communicate with and mentor their followers, dropping pearls of wisdom in under 140 characters. From South Africa to Nigeria, the high profile personalities and multi-millionaires from Africa offer their opinions on many issues while advancing their own agendas through social media. Here are 12 African business leaders worth following on Twitter.

  • South Africa Flip-Flops, Breaks Ranks To Vote For UN’s First-Ever LGBT Expert

    first-ever UN LGBT expert By Dana Sanchez, 11:32 am

    South Africa was criticised in June by human rights groups and praised this week when it changed its mind about appointing the first-ever U.N. expert tasked with investigating LGBT rights abuses worldwide. In a turnaround that broke ranks with other African countries, South Africa approved the legality of the post and voted against delaying it. South Africa was one of the few African countries that did not support delaying the appointment. Several countries said Monday that they would not recognize or cooperate with the U.N.

  • Mapping The Tech Ecosystem At Africa’s Biggest Startup Event

    By Tom Jackson, 4:41 am AFKI Original

    Last year, the annual AfricaCom conference in Cape Town finally got serious about startups, launching the co-located AHUB event to bring together entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders from across the continent. The event took place for the second year last week, bigger and better, and allowing the ecosystem to join together to map the sector’s progress and discuss obstacles.

  • Uganda Eyes $700M From Bird-Watching Over The Next Decade

    By Kevin Mwanza, 6:40 am

    Uganda, home to more than half of Africa’s bird population, seeks to earn over $700 million from its rich bird variety over the next decade, government officials said during the Africa Birding Expo held in Entebbe from 18-21 November. The East African nation hosted the event for the first time at Botanical Gardens in Entebbe and hopes to use the show to increase its tourism revenue.

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