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The African Development Bank Appoints Ms. Aissa Touré, Country Manager, Rwanda

The African Development Bank Appoints Ms. Aissa Touré, Country Manager, Rwanda

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  The African Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Aissa Touré as Country Manager for Rwanda ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, December 17, 2020/ -- An economist and development expert, Aissa Touré, the Country Manager designated for Rwanda, a Senegalese national, brings to the Bank over 25 years of experience, working in three continents and 12 countries for 5 international organizations. The African Development Bank Appoints Ms. Aissa Touré, Country Manager, Rwanda Aissa’s work experience covers rural development, particularly agriculture, rural economics and climate adaptation and mitigation, among others. She brings a solid set of skills in strategic management, institutional representation and partnership management at country, regional and global l...
Africa must risk capital for its youth, Adesina urges

Africa must risk capital for its youth, Adesina urges

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Adesina engaged in discussion which covered three areas: the current state of affairs with respect to COVID-19 and climate change, stimulus policies and recovery, and the role of the private sector in terms of recovery ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, December 17, 2020 Africa must leverage investment to unleash the potential and ingenuity of its youth, its most important asset, African development Bank (www.AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina said at a Conference of Montreal fireside chat event. The three-day virtual event was organized by the international economic forum of the Americas, under the theme, a sustainable recovery for people and planet. During the fireside chat, Adesina engaged in discussion with Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations...
Umbro and Federation of Uganda Football Associations Team Up for Long-Term Partnership

Umbro and Federation of Uganda Football Associations Team Up for Long-Term Partnership

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FIFA, Football, FUFA, INTERNATIONAL, South Africa, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
  The partnership will see Umbro supply both men’s and women’s national teams with high-performance match kit, training and off field apparel KAMPALA, Uganda, December 17, 2020 Umbro South Africa (www.Umbro.co.za) is pleased to announce a new long-term partnership as the official technical sponsor of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for the next four years. The partnership will see Umbro supply both men’s and women’s national teams with high-performance match kit, training and off field apparel, as well as equipment as the reigning CECAFA Cup champions join seven other African nations in wearing the double diamond – increasing the brand’s sponsorship portfolio to thirty-four clubs and eight national teams across the continent. “We are pleased t...
President Kenyatta inaugurates the National Security Telecommunications Service

President Kenyatta inaugurates the National Security Telecommunications Service

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Caption:President Uhuru Kenyatta unveils a plaque to officially Inauguration of National Telecommunications Service (NSTS) at Embakasi Garrison, Nairobi County. NAIROBI, 17 December 2020 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched the National Security Telecommunications Service (NSTS), an integrated communications platform aimed at enhancing sharing of information between Kenya's security agencies. President Uhuru Kenyatta tours the communication centre during the official Inauguration of National Telecommunications Service (NSTS) at Embakasi Garrison, Nairobi County. “This will enhance co-ordination of security activities and operations, allow real-time information exchange, and allow our security agencies to better deal with emerging threats in the realms of cybercrime...
President Kenyatta inaugurates National Air Support Department

President Kenyatta inaugurates National Air Support Department

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  NAIROBI, 17th December 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta has inaugurated the National Air Support Department (NASD), a multi-agency unit within the Ministry of Defence charged with the responsibility of coordinating Kenya's national air response services. President Uhuru Kenyatta tours the National Air Support Department (NASD) during its launch at Wilson Airport, Nairobi County. Speaking to NASD staff at its Wilson Airport headquarters Thursday, the President said the entity which brings together all Government air assets will enhance efficiency in the delivery of aviation services. President Uhuru Kenyatta tours the National Air Support Department (NASD) during its launch at Wilson Airport, Nairobi County. “The National Air Support Department is a multi-agency approach to s...
MTN Pulse Amplifies the Voice of the Youth through  The Buzz Teeniez Awards

MTN Pulse Amplifies the Voice of the Youth through The Buzz Teeniez Awards

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Kampala,Uganda   Telecom giant MTN Uganda under its youth-engagement platform, MTN pulse was one of the sponsors of the first ever virtual Buzz Teeniez Awards (BTAs) that happened over the weekend. For 13 years now, the Teenagers have been awarding their outstanding entertainment acts and last Sunday, they once again awarded their best entertainers ranging from artistes to DJs. The BTAs are Uganda’s longest standing awards. Hellen Kirungi (L) with Baby Gloria the host at the event.jpg   Crysto Panda was the day’s biggest winner, walking away with the coveted “Teeniez Artist of the year’ Award as well as three other awards for the best male artiste, best break-out artiste and best teeniez collabo. B2C, Sheebah, Spice Diana, Karole Kasita, and DJ Slick Stu...
Programming is part art and part science. How does story telling with your code fit into this dichotomy?

Programming is part art and part science. How does story telling with your code fit into this dichotomy?

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Telling a Story with Your Code - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FZPOpvY2aJrXoik-5neREKRX3h9AkrkHFna-X1Fzkhc/edit?usp=sharing Latisha McNeel, Full Stack Developer at G2i This article first appeared in G2i. A story is an accounting of a set of events or people, real or imaginary. Code is either a system of words, letters or figures substituted for other words, letters or figures, especially for the purposes of secrecy or programming instructions. Sometimes, while reading code (computer science), both definitions apply. In the talk about inclusivity, everyone, all humans, should be able to use the applications or products we build. If we are building for everyone, why then are we writing code like we only want those with our decoder ring to be collaborators? Or we only want the co...
Uganda’s electoral Commission receives the first  batch of over 40 tones of the 2021 election polling materials

Uganda’s electoral Commission receives the first batch of over 40 tones of the 2021 election polling materials

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 By  Georgewilliam Kakooza                        09/12/2020    The Uganda Electoral Commission has received a batch of over 40 tones of the 2021 election polling materials that arrived in the Country on Wednesday evening at Entebbe International Airport.   These were received by the delegation of the Commission led by the Chairperson Justice Simon Mugyenyi Byabakama, as delivered to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority by the Fly Emirates from the United Arab Emirates.   While addressing the Media at Entebbe International Airport, Byabakama, said the first Electoral Materials measure total of 4o tones and these are ballots for Woman Member of Parliaments and local councils, printed by the Al Ghariar Printing and Publishing LLC in the United Arab Emirates- Dubai   Byabakama further...
African Artists and Youth Uniting in African Union (AU) Pledge for Peace

African Artists and Youth Uniting in African Union (AU) Pledge for Peace

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, TECHNOLOGY
We have come together from different backgrounds and different nations to create a positive, global awakening, responding to the AU's call for pledges for peace ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, December 7, 2020/ -- A pledge to end all forms of violence and set in motion a grassroots civil society campaign to promote peace was launched today by a coalition of community activists, artists, victims of war, academics, business leaders and African youth. Emmanuel Jal, a spokesperson for the coalition and a prominent peace campaigner, said: "We are losing the battle to end hostilities. Ours is a call to action. We have come together from different backgrounds and different nations to create a positive, global awakening, responding to the AU's call for pledges for peac...
Ecobank Academy trains NCD Alliance members from over 30 countries on financial management

Ecobank Academy trains NCD Alliance members from over 30 countries on financial management

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  39 leaders from over 30 national and regional NCD alliances members of NCD Alliance will be trained in December 2020 LOME, Togo, December 7, 2020/ -- The Ecobank Academy, which is the corporate university of the leading pan-African banking group, Ecobank (https://www.Ecobank.com/), is providing bespoke financial management training courses for national and regional alliance members of the NCD Alliance (NCDA) as part of its Advocacy Institute Seed Programme. The training, which follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ecobank Group and NCDA earlier this year, will focus on, resilience, effective budgeting; financial planning and reporting and record management for non-profit organisations. Simon Rey, Group Head, Ecobank Academy said: “As a leading pan-Af...
Housing Finance Bank partners with NSSF to enable social security contributions through Agency Banking

Housing Finance Bank partners with NSSF to enable social security contributions through Agency Banking

AFRICA, Banking World, EAST AFRICA, Housing Finance Bank, INTERNATIONAL, NSSF, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
Kampala,December 2020 – Housing Finance Bank , National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and ABC (Agent Banking Company) have today announced a partnership that enables social security  collections through agency banking. The partnership means that NSSF members will now be able to submit their social security contributions through Housing Finance Bank agents in their neighborhood. Speaking during the launch, Michael Mugabi, the Housing Finance Bank Managing Director explained that the service will bring convenience to the Fund’s members whilst giving the bank an opportunity to expand the financial services offered through its agency banking platform. “Given the prevailing circumstance, just like any other business, we have had to be fluid and deliberate in the way we innovate o...
Speaker commissions health centre and schools in Kamuli district.

Speaker commissions health centre and schools in Kamuli district.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, Parliament, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, UN Women, World Health Organization
Uganda's  Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, recently  commissioned three rehabilitated community facilities in Kamuli district to improve the lives of the locals. In remarks at the commissioning of Buluya Health Centre II, Lwanyama Technical Institute and St. Andrews’s Primary School, Kiyunga on 16 November 2020, Kadaga applauded the Uganda Electricity Generation Company (UEGCL) for the gesture. With the development, women will no longer trek the 20 kilometres they did to access maternity services as the health centre now offers the much needed service, including separate wards for children, women and men. Speaker Kadaga said that whilst the community in Buluya had requested for only a maternity ward, UEGCL was generous enough to construct a fully-fledged medical facility. ...
Science and research key to unlocking Kenya’s development potential, President Kenyatta says

Science and research key to unlocking Kenya’s development potential, President Kenyatta says

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, TECHNOLOGY
NAIROBI, 20th Nov, 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said science and research are key to unlocking Kenya's development potential especially in finding solutions to challenges slowing down the country's progress. - President Kenyatta speaks in a pre-recorded video address during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kasarani, Nairobi. The President, therefore, said the Government will continue implementing programmes aimed at nurturing its growing scientific talent pool so as to create wealth and expand employment opportunities for Kenyans.   President Kenyatta spoke today during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. ...
HFB and AFD sign a €10.5 million agreement towards affordable housing in Uganda.

HFB and AFD sign a €10.5 million agreement towards affordable housing in Uganda.

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
Kampala,Uganda: On Friday November 13, 2020, Mr. Michael MUGABI, the Managing Director Housing Finance Bank Uganda and Mr. Hatem CHAKROUN, the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) country Director in Uganda, signed two financing agreements to the tune of euro 10.5 million (UGX 46.5 bn).   The line of credit and technical assistance aim at supporting the development of a housing finance offer adapted to the needs of the population all over Uganda.   The signing was done in the presence of H.E. Mr. Jules-Armand ANIAMBOSSOU, Ambassador of France to Uganda.   The euro 10 million line of credit from AFD is aimed at financing the deployment of Housing Finance Bank’s affordable housing offer, enabling them to diversify the mortgage loan offer to include...
25 young African agripreneurs advance to ‘boot camp’ in the African Development Bank’s $120,000 AgriPitch Competition

25 young African agripreneurs advance to ‘boot camp’ in the African Development Bank’s $120,000 AgriPitch Competition

AFRICA, Business, INTERNATIONAL, Ivory Coast, TECHNOLOGY, West Africa
The final round offers young entrepreneurs in Africa’s agricultural sector the opportunity to pitch their agribusiness proposals online to a panel of experts and investors who will select the winners ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, November 9, 2020 - Twenty-five young African agripreneurs have advanced to the “boot camp” final round of the African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) AgriPitch competition, stepping closer to a share of $120,000 in seed funding prizes, training and other benefits. The final round offers young entrepreneurs in Africa’s agricultural sector the opportunity to pitch their agribusiness proposals online to a panel of experts and investors who will select the winners. AgriPitch organizers received more than 2,500 applications and evaluated 605 proposa...
Affordable housing is possible with Housing Finance Bank – Babuwaire

Affordable housing is possible with Housing Finance Bank – Babuwaire

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Yusuf Babuwaire, Senior Manager Personal Banking at Housing Finance Bank. Courtesy Photo. With the Uganda Bureau of Statistics estimating that the housing deficit in Uganda is at 2.1 million units, experts have said that this situation needs urgent attention. The deficit is estimated to be highest in Kampala. We caught up with Yunus Babuwaire, the Senior Manager, Personal Banking at Housing Finance Bank to explain the key interventions the Bank has put in place.  Below are the excerpts. Qn: What does housing finance mean? Housing finance can be defined as provision of credit to enable home ownership. At Housing Finance Bank we have expanded this scope to cover housing and its entire value chain. Qn: What is Housing Finance Bank doing to help increase access to affordable...
WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

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  The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), November 3, 2020/ -- Please join an online media briefing with representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO.int), Community Health and Information Network, Uganda and KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya.  The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions on COVID-19 in Africa. The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group. Speakers Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Professor Ifedayo Adetifa, Clinical Epidemiologist, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme and Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Regina Kamoga, Executive Director, Community Health and Informati...
Facebook and Creatives Garage launch #RealpeopleRealstories, a campaign that supports the Creative industry

Facebook and Creatives Garage launch #RealpeopleRealstories, a campaign that supports the Creative industry

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Through its partnership with Creatives Garage, Facebook aims to support the creative industry in Kenya by providing a platform where they can amplify their work and inspire others NAIROBI, Kenya, November 4, 2020/ -- Today, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) and Creatives Garage (https://bit.ly/3mMNjHJ) launched  #RealpeopleRealstories - a campaign that showcases the stories of ordinary people using creativity and innovation to inspire their communities. Through its partnership with Creatives Garage, a social enterprise that works with creatives, Facebook aims to support the creative industry in Kenya by providing a platform where they can amplify their work and inspire others. Featuring short documentaries debuted on Facebook (https://bit.ly/389lu8n), the #RealpeopleRealstori...
Finalists announced for 2020 Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Awards

Finalists announced for 2020 Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Awards

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24 women founders and entrepreneurs, driving economic growth and development for Africa, have been selected as finalists for 2020 AWIEF Awards   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 4, 2020 The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org), a leading pan-African entrepreneurship and innovation non-profit, has announced the top finalists for the 2020 edition of its AWIEF Awards. The annual AWIEF Awards, through a nomination process, identifies and celebrates the best female entrepreneurs across multiple industries in Africa. Promoting and supporting excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation amongst women-owned businesses in all sectors and across all 54 African countries, is the aim of AWIEF which hosts the sixth e...
Vertiv to host Virtual Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Channel-Focused Insights Panel Discussion

Vertiv to host Virtual Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Channel-Focused Insights Panel Discussion

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You are invited to virtually join more than 500 Vertiv partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa for a half-day of channel-focused insights DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, November 4, 2020/ -- What: Vertiv Digital Channel Summit EMEA 2020 When: Tuesday, November 17th 2020 Time: 10:30 to 13:30 CET Details: You are invited to virtually join more than 500 Vertiv (Vertiv.com) partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa for a half-day of channel-focused insights. It will include a panel discussion and sessions with key guest speakers from Dell, Canalys, Context and CRN who will be discussing the industry trends set to define the channel in 2021. Vertiv executives participating in the Summit include: Alex Pope, VP Integrated Rack Solutions EMEA Karsten W...