Politics: Latest News
Kurt Davis Jr., 6:40 pm AFKI Original
Africa’s two biggest economies will have an election in 2019 with many observers and investors speculating on the side-effects of the political process on both economies, especially if fallout comes about before or after the process takes its due course. Perhaps Kenya’s current and past presidential election experiences can serve as a lesson for those two African powerhouse nations, in order for negative outcomes to be mitigated.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:45 am
South Africa may host the 2018 ITU Telecom World, the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) annual telecommunications and ICT industry event. The potential for South Africa to host was made known at the 2017 ITU Telecom World in South Korea, with the 2018 telecom conference set to be the first time an African country has hosted the International Telecommunication Union’s prestigious event, subject to the conclusion of contractual arrangements.
Tom Jackson, 3:54 am AFKI Original
In a surprising but not unfathomable announcement this week, Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) confirmed that the IT infrastructure deployed during the country’s recently nullified presidential election will again be utilised in the approaching re-run on October 26. It has gambled twice on tech at elections, and lost. To gamble a third time, and with the same flawed system, could unleash forces outside of its control.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:30 am
WorldRemit, an international digital money transfer business, and Wafacash, a Morocco-based financial services firm have partnered in order to provide instant money transfers to a growing set of African markets. The Moroccan money transfer market-leader and the global remittance company already work together in Morocco and Senegal, but this extended partnership will see their combined operations expanded to serve Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Cote D’Ivoire.
Staff, 5:25 pm
Top United States investors, under the US-Nigeria Council platform, are looking at exploring market opportunities domiciled in the Nigerian economy. Their intentions were made known at the just concluded 72nd United Nations General Assembly, which convened a high powered business dinner with top US investors with interest in Nigeria, a statement by USNC on Monday indicated. The USNC is a business-to-business organization that works to promote partnerships between Nigerian and American companies.
Staff, 9:17 am
While China snakes its influence in technology across African, one of its smaller neighbors has also been making inroads in countries. South Korea claims to have a stronghold in the central African country of Rwanda. The unlikely story begins with KT Corporation, a South Korean telecoms giant, which started helping to form the backbone to Rwanda’s communications infrastructure a decade ago. The state-owned company currently builds and operates ICT services in Rwanda’s public and private markets.
Staff, 8:59 am
None of African leaders at the U.N. General Assembly made a statement about technology. Can we handle its negative effects if we don’t discuss how best to streamline its use.In Nigeria, Twitter and WhatsApp was used to fuel inter-ethnic violence despite warnings by the president and vice president against hate speech on social media. We had a similar event in Kenya during the recently cancelled election when some people were arrested for sending messages on WhatsApp calling for ethnic cleansing.
Kurt Davis Jr., 6:27 pm AFKI Original
The announcement by the Burkina Faso government last month regarding the launch of a $819 million jobs plan speaks to the diverging takeaways on the country’s growth. The plan includes the building of medical facilities, roads, schools and water infrastructure, while funds will be disseminated to the public via distributions to small and medium-sized businesses in an effort to create jobs and combat militancy.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:44 am
In the confusion and concern surrounding the potential for hyperinflation to heavily affect Zimbabwe, bitcoin has become a viable and popular means of transacting with regards to big ticket items, driving the price of the cryptocurrency on the local exchange. The price of bitcoin on Zimbabwe’s exchange, BitcoinFundi, was trading at a 85 percent premium at $7,200 per bitcoin on Wednesday.
Staff, 8:59 am
Angola is taking the world by surprise. With the recent explosion of advancements in healthcare, technology, and transportation the continent is seeing a major shift in the way of life. Luanda even now takes the number one spot for the most expensive city in the world for expats. Becoming one of the world’s most expensive cities isn’t always perceived as a positive. This is especially true for the native people of Luanda who are also affected and not yet adjusted to the big change in economy.
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