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Staff, 8:08 am
Technological development is being seen as a key factor in improving a country’s productivity, competitiveness, and growth. Since the 1980s, the increase in technological innovations, along with the influx of new entrants into world markets, has exacerbated competition between economies. Morocco has embarked on a process of structural transformation in order to support its technological competitiveness, implementing sectoral policies, and promoting of internationally oriented professions.
Staff, 7:51 am
Getting access to the right seed and growth finance is critical to the success of most emerging technology companies. But finding the right investor can be a daunting task for any founding team. You have to deal with different mandates, big egos, various terms and long lock-in periods just to start discussions and there are many boxes to tick. Without significant direction, founders can spend months worth of time and energy in pursuit of an investor instead of focusing on growing the company.
Staff, 7:19 am
Co-creation Hub, a technology innovation centre in Nigeria and Google for Entrepreneurs, announced the launch of PitchDrive, a three-week, five-city European tech hub tour. This partnership will bring 15 African tech companies to pitch to investors, explore opportunities and learn about technology markets. African startup founders looking to raise funding will be selected by the PitchDrive team to embark on a tour that aims to build networks between European investors and African tech talent.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:11 am
Malaysian subscription streaming video service iflix, which is focused on emerging markets, has announced the creation of iflix Africa to bring its service to sub-Saharan Africa while taking on the likes of Netflix and Showmax in the region. The video-on-demand service is planning to launch its service in South Africa during the third quarter of this year, before expanding into other parts of Africa. The current expansion plan includes the launch of services in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, with iflix Africa taking the company’s global footprint to 23 territories.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:08 am AFKI Original
While Africa is a continent with great investment potential, some African economies have struggled to attract foreign investors. Certain economies have not experienced the positive growth that characterizes many of the nations within the African continent, and as a result they remain unattractive as investment destinations. Quantum Global Research Lab conducted research to produce the 2017 Africa Investment Index based on a variety of factors such as macroeconomic and financial indicators and the World Bank Group’s Ease of Doing Business Indicators. Here are the 12 least attractive African economies to invest in for 2017.
World-First Next Generation Digital Identification Technology Created In South Africa To Combat Identity TheftBy Peter Pedroncelli, 5:11 am
A world-first next generation identification technology has been developed in South Africa, with applications that could make it invaluable as a tool against identity theft and for law enforcement purposes. Some of Africa’s leading computervision scientists at the University of Johannesburg partnered with aiThenticate Computervision Labs to create the technology. Current identification methods such as passwords, biometrics and facial recognition continue to be thwarted by identity thieves determined to impersonate others to commit criminal acts.
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.
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.
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