LAGOS, Nigeria: The international tech community is nurturing Africa’s digital ecosystem by supporting skills development, technology adoption and the growth of digital businesses across the continent. Giants like Google and Facebook are leading the effort through direct investment, partnerships and in-market teams in key African markets. Google and Facebook both opened offices in Nigeria in 2017. Lagos is home to Facebook’s first African tech hub (https://goo.gl/STzNrw) and one of Google’s four African offices (the others are in Kenya, Senegal and South Africa). These tech hubs are leading ambitious initiatives to train young Africans in digital skills. Google aims to train two million people (https://goo.gl/RGXUkY) across Africa each year and Facebook will train 50,000
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: Celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) under the connected theme of “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today announced a number of partnerships across Africa with over 20 non-governmental organisations and government agencies - with the aim of raising awareness of emerging online issues and helping to explore ways to make the Internet safer for all. Launching a series of initiatives, including a specially created family-friendly animation (https://goo.gl/eE39YL) which directs viewers to the Parent Portal (https://goo.gl/Tn8zKf) in the Facebook Safety Centre (https://goo.gl/QR8orP), parents and caregivers can access a variety of information and tips on how to discuss issu
DAKAR, Senegal: Orange and the CNED (National Distance Learning Centre) have announced a partnership to facilitate access to educational content on smartphones in Africa. The announcement was made during the Global Partnership for Education Summit in Dakar (Senegal), which was attended by Emmanuel Macron, President of France, Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister of National Education, Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange, and various representatives of education and training in Africa. Hundreds of thousands of African students have difficulties accessing high-quality educational content. To address this, Orange is launching an offer in Africa to provide access to educational content from the best international universities and training centres. In the fi
LAGOS, Nigeria,: In his avowed commitment to encouraging entrepreneurship in the country as a way out of the economic doldrums, Nigeria’s business magnate, Aliko Dangote, is donating another N1.2 billion structure for running of business school in Bayero University, Kano (BUK). The building which will be handed over to the university management formally next month is a state of the art edifice and will effectively mark the commencement of study of business in the institution and the first in the Northern part of Nigeria. It would be recalled that Dangote is also building a similar business school in the University of Ibadan and would be commissioned anytime soon. The Business Schools being undertaken by the Aliko Dangote Foundation, according to the Presiden
VICTORIA, Seychelles: On the first day of the African Union Executive Council, the Secretary of State for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Barry Faure intervened on the subject of the Implementation of Africa Agenda 2063 and the progress on the Flagship Projects. Whilst he said there has been progress in some areas like with the Single African Air Transport Market, he expressed concern that the majority of the projects were encountering delays. He called for robust mechanisms to be put in place to address this. Similarly he noted, that more should be done to encourage synergies and links between the private sectors to ensure that the projects are fully realised. He cited as an example how Seychelles' SEYPEC has partnered with the African Ship Owner
VICTORIA, Seychelles: The President of the Republic, Mr. Danny Faure, will be attending the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28 to 29 January 2018. The upcoming Summit of the AU is being held under the theme "Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation". This follows the declaration made at the 29th Assembly of the Heads of State and Government in January 2017, where the AU would launch 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year. President Faure will leave Seychelles on 27 January 2018 and return on 29 January 2018.
YAOUNDE, Cameroon: A brainstorming session dubbed "Pathways to economic diversification in Central Arica" has been scheduled for 31 January 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Yaounde, Cameroon. Participants will deliberate on the operationalization of the Douala Consensus. The Consensus, which was reached during the 33rd Intergovernmental Committee of Experts for Central Africa (ICE2017) in September 2017, underscores the urgent need to accelerate the process of diversification of Central African economies through the promotion of industrialization based on natural resources - especially agricultural - and driven by trade and urbanization. The Douala Consensus also argues for a paradigm shift "from a resource model for infrastructure to a resource model for industrializ...
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: A sisterly duel for top honours is in the offing in the fifth South African Premier Business Awards. Three of the country’s young entrepreneurs will battle it out for the top prize in the Young Entrepreneur Award during the awards ceremony that will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday, 30 January 2018. The theme of the awards is Rewarding Business Excellence. The spotlight will shine on the all-female trio of finalists, Ncebakazi Mhlaba (28) from the Eastern Cape, Leboneng Mathebula (28) from Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal’s Phumzile Manana (26). Mhlaba, who established a construction company Sikuphiwe Tradi