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  • Africa Tech Summit Stakeholders Want ‘Taskforce’ To Develop Talent For Africa’s Tech Scene

    Africa Tech Summit Kigali brought the continent's tech players together. Photo - Appsafrica By Tom Jackson, 1:55 am AFKI Original

    AFKInsider’s Tom Jackson attended the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali last week, and what he discovered was an understanding of the obstacles and a clear path to continuing tech growth on the continent. Concerns about connectivity, market sizes, talent, funding and scalability have not gone away, but Africa Tech Summit Kigali made its own small contribution to assembling the “taskforce” that will be needed to sustain the tech sector’s growth.

  • Rwanda Hosts Successful Africa Tech Summit

    tech summit By Staff, 9:58 am

    The Africa Tech Summit kicks off in Rwanda, February 14, bringing together over 250 delegates to discuss key opportunities and challenges emerging across the continent’s tech space, unpack investment trends, and network with a view to driving growth in African tech. Supported by the Rwandan Ministry of ICT, the event took place with confirmed speakers including industry leaders from the likes of Facebook, Andela, BRCK, Taxify, AHL Venture Partners, Safaricom, Atlas Mara, BitPesa, kLab and iHub.

  • African E-Commerce Giant Responds To Demand, Expands Into 11 New Markets

    New markets - Fashion retailing - MallforAfrica is an e-commerce platform that allows Africans to buy online internationally. Photo: MFA By Peter Pedroncelli, 1:41 am

    E-commerce platform MallforAfrica has continued with its aggressive expansion plan by entering 11 new African markets in response to demand for the company’s patented platform. The desktop and mobile app, which lets Africans purchase products from more than 250 U.S. and U.K. online retailers, will now be available in Angola, Chad, Guinea, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.

  • New African Union Chairman Paul Kagame Good For Africa’s Tech Ambitions

    Paul Kagame is the new chairman of the African Union By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:19 pm

    Rwandan president Paul Kagame has officially become the new chairman of the African Union (AU), taking on the role during the 30th summit of the continental body this week. As chairman of the African Union, Kagame will be well placed to influence and establish policies and frameworks which will enhance the role technology plays across the continent, while encouraging AU members to embrace technology and its transformative nature.

  • Safaricom, Airtel Face Contrasting Fortunes In Kenya

    Safaricom By Tom Jackson, 11:17 am AFKI Original

    The year 2017 was, quite frankly, an exceptional one for Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom, but the same cannot be said for competitor, Airtel. Safaricom ended the year in as dominant a position as ever in the East African country, with 72 percent of market share, putting it far ahead of nearest challenger Airtel, which stands on less than 15 percent. Safaricom continued to expand into new areas, building out its taxi-hailng app Little and launching e-commerce platform – Masoko.

  • U.S. Entrepreneurs Look To Tap Into Africa´s Growing E-Commerce Market

    ecommerce By Staff, 10:14 am

    Entrepreneurs in the United States (US) are hoping to take advantage of Africa’s growing e-commerce market. An online cross-border trade platform, called the Mall for Africa, is helping the continent’s entrepreneurs sell their goods. The platform allows African consumers access to over 200 US stores while giving American customers access to African produced goods. Mall for Africa founders say they can ship products to buyers in Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Mauritius or Ghana, in just three days.

  • Bitcoin Adoption In East Africa Presents Challenge To Planned Unified Currency

    bitcoin - unified currency By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:06 am

    The East African Community’s (EAC) plans to launch a unified currency in the region has an additional challenge to overcome, as bitcoin adoption continues to grow in Africa. Six nations which fall under the intergovernmental central bank organization are currently planning a unified currency that would be considered legal tender in member states Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan.

  • Rwanda Plans To Be A ‘Smart Nation’

    smart city By Staff, 11:36 am

    With hardly any mineral wealth to talk of, Rwanda is aggressively pursuing science and information technology to fill the gaps in its trade deficit. Delivering his state of the nation address at the 15th annual national dialogue, President Paul Kagame said in order for Rwanda to reach the high income status, Rwandans have to be creative and innovative in information technology. He said his government has a strategy to attract innovators and young Rwandan creative investors will be supported.

  • Will African ‘Smart Cities’ Be A High-Tech Solution To Overpopulated Megacities?

    By Staff, 3:06 pm

    By 2020, Africa is likely to be the fastest urbanizing continent in the world. It is currently the most rural — 40% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population live in cities. Even the sprawling heartlands of Lagos, Kinshasa and Cairo are in their relative infancy and destined for a growth spurt. One idea gaining traction is newly developed satellite “smart cities:” ambitious multi-billion dollar, hyper-livable tech cities populated with bustling, beautified boulevards, private condos and luxury cars.

  • African Telecom Group Econet Wireless Considering London Stock Exchange Listing

    Econet Wireless founder Strive Masiyiwa. Photo: mg.co.za By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:42 am

    African telecommunications company Econet Wireless may be considering a listing on the London Stock Exchange at some point during the course of 2018. The company is allegedly considering the sale of shares on the English bourse to the value of around $8bn through a combination of new and existing assets. Econet Wireless has operations and investments throughout the world.

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