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Peter Pedroncelli, 6:17 am
Mobile phone sales across the African continent fell during in the first quarter of 2017 in comparison with the fourth quarter of last year, but East Africa still remained in positive growth territory. Overall shipments of mobile phones to Africa in the first quarter amounted to around 54,5 million units, which represents a decrease of 8,2 percent versus fourth quarter data for 2016. A sharp decline in smartphone sales, which were previously growing consistently, contributed to the first quarter growth negativity, with a staggering 17,6 percent decline in the smartphone segment for the first three months of the year
Tom Jackson, 1:41 am AFKI Original
Microsoft has partnered with the Nigerian government to digitally transform service delivery to the country’s investor community. It’s important to look at this in the wider context of Microsoft’s growing involvement in the region. Promoting business and supporting the growth of cloud services are key to Microsoft’s strategy in Africa, as the company eyes the last unsaturated market on earth. Just as Google and Facebook are increasingly involved on the continent, Microsoft too is making a play to establish a long-term customer base there.
Staff, 8:13 pm
In Mali, where skin conditions are widespread and skin doctors are scarce, physicians have turned to a new app to treat patients remotely. From his Bamako office, Professor Ousmane Faye, one of a small number of dermatologists in Mali, examines photos of an arm and a torso afflicted by a skin disorder. The photos arrived the same day the patient visited his doctor in Koulikoro, 35 miles away. Faye’s program lets general practitioners in even the most remote areas to consult with a specialist.
Staff, 5:26 pm
Silicon Valley’s days leading the tech revolution may be coming to an end, according to one optimistic observer who believes the future of technology lies much further abroad. The future of tech “will be written in Legos, Nairobi, Kampala, and cities across Africa,” Jeremy Johnson, CEO/ founder of Andela. “We believe that Africa is going to emerge as a significant player in the global tech scene,” he said. Andela connects Africa’s top 2 percent of developers with jobs at companies globally.
Staff, 7:25 am
Angolan entrepreneurs will get access to regular entrepreneurship talks and information when global entrepreneurship meetup group Startup Grind kicks off its first event in Luanda. The event, on July 5th at the Belas conference center in Luanda, will feature agribusiness specialist Marcia Gomes, who will talk on soil quality and the tech behind agriculture. Founder of entrepreneurship news site Acelera Angola and the head of Startup Grind Luanda Jose Carlos dos Santos expects about 50 people.
Staff, 9:40 am
Tech-savvy entrepreneurs and their startups focus on growth potential and consider innovation as the main driver of their ventures. Large corporations generally focus on profitability and long-term stability, with innovation playing a less important role. Egypt does not only seek to attract foreign innovation-driven ventures to capture its high potential market, but it is also very keen on supporting local entrepreneurs to unleash their potential in the domestic and international markets.
Staff, 9:19 am
Africa Science Week will witness sessions such as engaging students in active learning of chemistry, technology, and engineering using interactive science kits. Students will also participate in physical activities and science projects competition followed by an award ceremony. According to Thierry Zomahoun, Aims president, the NEF Africa Science Week is the first coordinated science week across Africa. “Our primary objective is to develop tomorrow’s scientists and technologists,” Zomahoun said.
Staff, 9:01 am
One of the biggest current challenges for the impact investing community is the aggregation and deployment of growth capital equity in the world’s poorest countries. Few would argue with the proposition that for the world’s poorest countries to move out of poverty there must be a new investment model. In view of the absence of local private equity, growth capital and venture funds in those countries, as well as the small deal sizes, there is a challenge in which growth capital can be deployed.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:42 am AFKI Original
Africa has embraced mobile like few other regions of the world have, with some of the highest mobile penetration rates and the majority of internet users accessing content online via their mobiles. Whether one considers online banking, apps for healthcare, connecting through social media or voting for a political party, Africans have fully embraced mobile technology and all of its possibilities. Here are the 12 things you didn’t know about how Africans have embraced mobile.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:32 am
African fintech startups continue to be an example to similar entities in other sectors, attracting substantial investment while disrupting the financial services market on the continent. The innovative solutions that fintech enterprises are producing have attracted the attention of banks and investors, in the hope that these financial disruptors become the next PayPal or similar concept in Africa. The last two years have seen a sharp increase in the number of businesses created in this sector, with 301 African fintech startups identified across 20 countries on the continent.
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