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Ecobank Wins Best Digital Strategy Award

Ecobank Wins Best Digital Strategy Award

AFRICA, BUSINESS
LOME, TogoEcobank has won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker International’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London last week. Ecobank’s digital strategy leverages digitalisation for scale and ubiquity and is the key plank in its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise in Africa and to achieve its target of serving 100 million customers. As a pan-African bank we’re absolutely committed to meeting the rapidly changing demands for convenience and functionality that Africans need and demand The Ecobank Mobile App, which has already been downloaded by over 5 million people, is a unified banking app serving 33 African countries, enabling 24/7 banking services and transactions in 18 different currencies and in
Somalia marks World Telecom Day

Somalia marks World Telecom Day

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY
  MOGADISHU, Somalia The Republic of Somalia has joined the rest of the world to observe World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) that is aimed at increasing awareness of how crucial communication is in our lives, in addition to stimulating the development of technologies in the field. The theme for WTISD-18 will focus on the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). AI-based technologies are already emerging as a key component of proactive tools and applications are being used to help people lead better lives by improving healthcare, education, finance, agriculture, transportation, and a wide range of other services. Technical managers representing telecoms,...
Cyber crimes Law Restricts Media Freedom – Freedom House

Cyber crimes Law Restricts Media Freedom – Freedom House

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America The Freedom House has issued a statement in response to President Uhuru Kenyatta signed Computer and Cyber crimes Law, that allows criminal chargers to be brought against persons deemed to have “intentionally published false, misleading or fictitious data,” According to the statement issued, it claims that President Kenyatta has ignored well founded concerns raised by civil society and media groups including the Media Council of Kenya, and chose to limit rather than protect free speech “The cybercrimes law is another step backward for media freedom and online expression in Kenya,” said Morris Odhiambo, regional project director for East and Horn of Africa at Freedom House. Mr. Morris said that by criminalizing the publication of ‘false’
Mogadishu Mayor launches campaign to help the poor

Mogadishu Mayor launches campaign to help the poor

AFRICA
MOGADISHU, Somalia The Mayor of Mogadishu H.E Abdirahman Omar Osman has launched a campaign that will help more than 15,000 families that are affected by Poverty. The Mayor, along with officials from his administration, Samafal Bulsho officials and some of the Ulema have managed to offer basic needs including food in these areas and called on residents to help their Somali brothers and sisters. The Mayor assured the citizens that the state has developed a program that will facilitate the needs of the poor. He thanked the community for their charity contributions that will benefit the needs of the needy. “The Banadir Regional Administration will continue to assist the people of Somalia. And, since we have started with the month of Ramadan, we are obliged to provide assist
UK COMMENDS UPDF

UK COMMENDS UPDF

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
MBUYA, Uganda The United Kingdom has commended Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) for its role in establishing peace in both Somalia and South Sudan. This was observed at a meeting between the UPDF Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi and the United Kingdom Chief of Staff (Operations) at the Permanent Joint Headquarters, Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Waterfall. Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi, who represented the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, and Air Vice Marshall Waterfall, discussed areas that can strengthen the bilateral defence relationship between Uganda and the United Kingdom. Lt Gen Mbadi commended the United Kingdom for the continued support to the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) which has enhanced the latters capacity most especially in peace support...
Students Gather for Model UN Addressing Press Freedom

Students Gather for Model UN Addressing Press Freedom

AFRICA
NIAMEY, Niger During the four days leading up to International Press Freedom Day (May 3), 43 outstanding Nigerien high school students participated in a Model U.N. focusing on journalists’ rights and press freedom. From the minds of Niger’s future leaders came outstanding advocacy for a free and independent press. One team wrote a passionate plea for their fellow delegates to address the rights and safety of journalists. As they stated, journalists must have access to information, exercise their profession independently, and work with the assurance that free nations will defend their rights to safety. Other resolutions addressed were social media freedoms and censorship. Partnering in this event were UNDP, IFTIC journalism school, and the Conseil National de la Jeunesse du
National Treasury must strengthen intervention mechanisms

National Treasury must strengthen intervention mechanisms

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation has urged the National Treasury to strengthen its intervention measures in departments facing governance and financial management challenges. The committee said this could be done by amending the Public Finance Management Act to empower the National Treasury to intervene before departments reach crisis levels. These sentiments were raised primarily because of the financial predicament confronting the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). “The challenges at the department started emerging around the 2014/2015 financial year and you would have thought that some corrective measures would have been put in place to remedy the situation. The lack of these intervention measures has resulted in a dys