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Peter Pedroncelli, 5:26 am AFKI Original
As with many sectors in modern business, the agricultural industry in Africa is embracing technology to enhance production and ensure a more profitable future. Tech is able to reduce costs, upskill farm workers and save effort and time in Africa’s largest economic sector. From drone tech to mobile apps that assist farmers, Africa is a pioneer on the agritech front, and the technologies that are being incorporated into agriculture are helping to put food on the tables of people all over the world.
Tom Jackson, 3:00 am AFKI Original
The tech scene in North Africa is booming once again, with investors interested in backing startups across Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Venture capital firms are flooding back into Egypt, from 500 Startups to the IFC to Algebra Ventures, and after years of being denied access to funds, Egyptian tech startups are now swimming in them again. The story is equally positive for Morocco and Tunisia, and the region’s tech future looks bright once again.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:56 am AFKI Original
The Africa Internet Group became the first startup unicorn from Africa when the leading e-commerce group in the continent was valued at more than $1 billion last year, becoming a pioneer among African startups. There are a few startups that are approaching that milestone, and they have the potential to become members within a group of global unicorns that only number around 150 or so in total.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:25 am AFKI Original
There are currently 300 tech hubs in 93 cities across 42 countries on the African continent. The growing number of tech hubs and developers is drawing significant investment, with more than $366 million invested in startups across Africa in 2016. Despite these positive numbers, a few tweaks could help in boosting the African tech scene and increasing the likelihood of success for African startups.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:40 pm AFKI Original
Online shopping is a growing trend on the continent, with numerous African e-commerce companies providing local and international buyers with a way to give gifts to friends, family and loved ones. Whether purchasing gifts for birthdays or other special occasions such as Christmas or to celebrate a personal milestone, online shopping sites are making the most of growing internet penetration in Africa. Here’s a list of e-commerce companies that enable gift-giving across the continent.
Tom Jackson, 1:36 pm AFKI Original
Initial coin offerings are when a creator of a digital currency makes coins available for public purchase to raise money for a project. This is what South African Vinny Lingham recently did, raising $33 million in an initial coin offering run by his U.S.-based company Civic, which is building a digital identity verification platform. There are opportunities for investors in this space, but perils remain.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:07 pm AFKI Original
The internet continues to be a driver of business and economies the world over, and the internet contribution to GDP is an interesting barometer of growth. Africa’s average internet contribution to GDP was only 1.1 percent in 2012, or about half the level seen in other emerging economies. This has positive implications for the potential growth of e-commerce and internet-based businesses on the continent.
amcdermott, 12:22 pm AFKI Original
Hailing from Jamaica, but American by way of higher education and culture, I’ve spent much of the last three years in countries around Africa, and I am excited by the potential for design and innovation there. I’ll go to a restaurant with friends in Maputo and fumble around for my credit card to cover the bill. By the time I look up, someone’s laughing at me because they already paid the bill in 10 seconds from their phone with M-Pesa. From Asia and Central America came tailors and tactile labor, from India came software engineers, and soon, from Africa, will come creatives.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:57 am AFKI Original
The story of American bank Goldman Sachs buying $2.8 billion worth of Venezuela government bonds back in May stirred a, perhaps unwarranted, backlash from the morality police, but it gave the country’s government a much needed financial windfall, and made money for the banks involved. With that in mind, and similar opportunities available in sub-Saharan Africa, we offer Goldman Sachs a few candidates in the region to put on their radar.
Tom Jackson, 6:55 pm AFKI Original
Africa as a continent must do better with regards to cybersecurity. With cybercrime on the increase globally, and recent major attacks such as WannaCry, more must be done to secure cyberspace in the continent that has been especially poor at doing so. According to the recent 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index, only two countries on the continent – Mauritius and Egypt – are in the leading stage of demonstrating high commitment to cybersecurity.
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