Date Archives for May 2017
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:44 am
Jumia, one of Africa’s fastest growing e-commerce platforms, has partnered with international credit card company Mastercard to make secure and convenient cashless e-commerce a reality in Africa. Africa’s e-commerce industry is experiencing a growth spurt in recent years, and online retailers across the continent are looking to find ways to attract new customers. Nigeria-based Jumia, one of Africa’s most popular online stores, believes that building trust and delivering a better customer experience will accelerate the growth that has been experienced thus far.
Kurt Davis Jr., 12:01 am AFKI Original
African bond investors are laying the rules for 2017 after a tumultuous 2015 and 2016. Senegal’s $1.1 billion Eurobond launch earlier this month establishes the parameters. The offering – more than eight times oversubscribed – demonstrates investors will reward African countries for growth and political stability. But what many African sovereign bond issuers will have to consider is how big yields could become. In some corners of the continent, bankers may start to ask if there will be a penalty for those holding significant undisclosed debts.
Tom Jackson, 10:33 pm AFKI Original
The Internet Of Things is already widespread, but people aren’t using the terminology or the platforms that bring greatest value to connectivity between devices, says Arthur Goldstuck, MD of South African tech market research firm World Wide Worx. In Africa, IoT is used primarily in vehicle tracking and telemetry — you might call them the first generation of IoT. There isn’t an industry in Africa that has not been disrupted, a stakeholder said. “All industries are moving into this digital age and are transitioning or transforming their business models. IoT is a key driver for that.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:53 am
Botswana’s largest tourism company, Wilderness Safaris, is planning to make an official offer to purchase the country’s national airline, Air Botswana, with the government looking to privatize the loss-making state-owned enterprise. In February this year the Botswana government put the airline up for tender, publishing an expression of interest invitation in the media in order to attract interested parties who would like to bid. The country’s transport department made it clear that it would consider bids for Air Botswana.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:44 am AFKI Original
Internet penetration continues to be a challenge in Africa, but there are success stories throughout the continent, with the number of internet users growing consistently. East Africa is a positive story within this context, with a few countries from this region appearing in the list, while the continent’s biggest economy, as well as the most developed economy, feature prominently on the list. Here are the 12 African nations with the highest number of internet users.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:44 am
The London Stock Exchange has committed to raising capital for Kenya’s energy industry, with the first ever memorandum of understanding signed between the London bourse and the East African government. The agreement was signed by Charles Keter, Kenyan cabinet secretary for energy and petroleum, and Nikhil Rathi, chief executive officer, London Stock Exchange plc. The memorandum sets out the commitment from both sides regarding the raising of funds to benefit the country’s energy industry, through public market equity and debt listings.
Staff, 10:58 am
Columinate has revealed the results of its sixth annual Internet Banking SITEisfaction survey,showing Capitec to be the new king in the digital banking category, ousting FNB.Capitec also picked up top honors in the Mobile Banking category,but FNB beat the newcomer in the Internet Banking category by a fraction of a percentage point.Columinate’s SITEisfaction survey is a measure of customer satisfaction with digital banking.Standard Bank replicated 2016’s results,scoring 70/100 for a second year.
Staff, 7:33 am
Chairperson of the Egyptian Association for Direct Investment Abdallah El Ebiary said that investment in venture capital is the new growth locomotive for the country, where these investments can help successful companies and products with a better future and good growth potential through the restructuring of emerging companies with high risk.This helps advance the economy and promote it, as the number of these companies is high, so taking interest in them would reflect positively on the economy.
Staff, 7:12 am
Zimbabwe just announced that it has opened for applications to the ICT Innovation Drive fund. This fund, totaling $25 million, was announced last year by the Ministry of ICT, Postal and Courier Services. The minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, said that the Zimbabwean government is committed to the development of local platforms and apps through investment financed by local operators. All licensed telecoms operators pay 1.5 percent of their revenue to what is called the Universal Service Fund.
Staff, 8:32 am
The Venture Capital Trust Fund (VCTF) in Ghana is under immense financial strain as a result of alleged mismanagement and misappropriation of funds by one of its former bosses. The Venture Capital Trust Fund was established in 2004 through an Act of Parliament, to provide low-cost financing to small and medium enterprises so as to enable them expand and create wealth and jobs. The law establishing the fund does not allow for direct equity investment in or provision of debt to any company.
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