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The Kenyan government today partnered with Nailab, a Kenyan incubator, to launch a $1.6 million technology incubation program in an effort to support ’s growing information and communications technology (ICT) startup community. The Kenyan government aims to become one the top 10 ICT hubs in the world.

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Ground breaking of Kenya’s multi-billion dollar Konza Technology City kicks off today despite project delays, a land procurement scandal and concerns from industry experts.

Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki is expected to preside over the ground breaking ceremony of the 5,000-acre city project, also referred to as Silicon Savannah.

The project is to be built just over 60 km from Nairobi and is planned to feature business processing outsourcing (BPO) centres, a science park, university campus, an international business district and commercial and residential properties.

The city is also is intended to form part of the Kenyan government's 2030 plan to create jobs and boost the economy. A private-public partnership financing model is to be implemented, whereby government has offered the land and is building infrastructure such as electricity, water, rail and roads.

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Nokia, Microsoft, Dalberg organized Innovation for Vision 20:2020 Forum to boost Nigeria’s economy and to stimulate discussion about the role of ICT’s and innovation in catalyzing development
 
Global phone manufacturer, Nokia in partnership with leading Software maker, Microsoft and Dalberg Global Development Advisors organized a full day forum to discuss ways the ICT sector can impact agriculture, job creation and the power sector in achieving Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 goals.
The forum tagged, ‘Innovation for Vision 20:2020 Forum’ stimulated discussion around how information and communication technologies and local innovations can be used for improving the performance of the agriculture, entrepreneurial and energy sectors and what barriers exist for unleashing creativity both within public and private domains for making these solutions a reality. Microsoft’s General Manager for Nigeria Emmanuel Onyeje pointed out that “it is important to build our understanding and knowledge about the power of ICT’s, but only action will allow us to reach our dreams. We need to move from policies to actionable programs that benefit the people.”.
 

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TANZANIA is set to become a communication hub for the East, Central and Southern Africa region with the strengthening of the National Fibre Optic Cable network in and outside the country.
 
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Dr Florens Turuka, said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the National Fibre Optic Cable is now connected to all regional headquarters in Tanzania Mainland and some district headquarters.
 
Already, the National Fibre Optic Cable has been connected with undersea fibre optic cable systems of SEACOM and the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy). Plans are underway to connect it with The East African Marine System (TEAMS).
 

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Ozwald Boateng, the British fashion designer of Ghanaian descent, says the financial crisis has made many African entrepreneurs who came to Europe during the good times, think about returning home.

He told HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi there were many economic challenges ahead for Africa but there were potential good returns for business.

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Ericsson has announced that it has been selected by Unitel, a provider of telecommunications services in Angola, as a key supplier of its next-generation 4G/LTE network.

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IT News Africa’s second annual demo conference, Tech Demo Africa 2013, is scheduled for 18 – 19 April at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, and is guaranteed to be even bigger than last year’s event.

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AITEC Africa and the E-Payment Providers Association of Nigeria (E-PPAN) have announced a partnership agreement for E-PPAN to be the Host Country Partner for the sixth annual AITEC Banking & Mobile Money West Africa conference, to be held in Lagos over 13-14 March.

The conference will be held at the Eko Hotel, Lagos, over 13-14 March and will have over 60 local and international experts as speakers, panellists and trainers covering a wide range of topics in bank management systems, mobile money, financial inclusion, agent banking, card systems and processing and all aspects of commercial banking.

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The New Times reports on Microsoft’s announcement that it has made Windows 8 available in Rwanda’s main language, Kinyarwanda. The offering was launched in October last year and is said to be available in 109 languages, including 14 new languages.
 
Rwanda’s Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philpert Nsengimana, is quoted as saying that the availability of the product in Kinyarwanda will boost efforts to increase ICT literacy.This forms part of an effort by Microsoft to target a global audience.
 

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A research commissioned by mobile advertising network, Twinpine has given fresh insight into the unprecedented growth of the African mobile market, revealing that mobile penetration is driving internet usage across West Africa and playing a fundamental role in fuelling economic growth. The study – An analysis of Mobile Technology in West Africa: The Case Of Nigeria, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire was carried out in conjunction with Kenya-based iHub Research   and analysed mobile usage across Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

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It comes as no surprise that a recent report released by Intel Corporation finds a huge Internet gender gap in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the report, 45% fewer women in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to the Internet than men. Moreover, one in five women in Egypt believes the Internet is ‘not appropriate’ for them. Such sentiment seems counter-intuitve considering the Internet is regarded as a tool of empowerment. However, internalized gender norms and traditional family expectations limit Internet adoption in many regions and households.
 

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The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is currently locked in a series of meetings in Dubai, UAE, where it aims thrash out a number of issues surrounding the Internet and how this resource is being used globally. One of the the biggest talking points on the agenda for the 18th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2012) is whether the Internet needs more stringent regulation.
 

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Research commissioned by mobile advertising network, Twinpine has given fresh insight into the unprecedented growth of the African mobile market, revealing that mobile penetration is driving internet usage across West Africa and playing a fundamental role in fuelling economic growth.

The study – An analysis of Mobile Technology in West Africa: The Case Of Nigeria, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire was carried out in conjunction with Kenya-based iHub Research and analysed mobile usage across Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

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Africa: A Story of Growth

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 A new infographic by global investment management firm T. Rowe Price titled “Africa: A Story of Growth“ highlights key growth factors that suggest many African nations are now serious world players. As the firm points out, Sub-Saharan Africa weathered the global recession of 2008-09 relatively well due to the lack of business ties to Europe and the United States. Still, the authors are just as quick to mention how African growth is starting from a low base. In fact, Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP is equivalent to Australia – but with 50x as many people.

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More steady progress, no doubt. But we must remember there is no typical African Internet user. Levels of engagement with digital content vary widely by region, country, and city. Just because a few hundred individuals in a city are creating successful start-ups doesn’t mean the majority of the population even has Internet access. At the same time, progress necessitates a core group of early adopters who can achieve “trickle-down” innovation.

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Technology is having a bigger effect on Africa than anywhere else, because it started from such a low base. Foreign direct investment has increased by about 50% since 2005.

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This year edition of the "Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT" (an event designed to anyone with an interest in Euro-African collaborative project on ICT) will be held on November 28-29, 2012, at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) in Lisbon, Portugal. The event is organised by the EuroAfrica-P8 Partnership in the framework of the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative and with the support of the National Science Foundation (FCT) of Portugal.

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