CPAfrica http://www.cp-africa.com Celebrating Progress Africa #AfricaRising Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:58:58 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 29978942 Congo DRC: DT X Aqua Telecom Education 4.0 to launch Pilot Project http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/24/congo-drc-dt-x-aqua-telecom-education-4-0-launch-pilot-project/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/24/congo-drc-dt-x-aqua-telecom-education-4-0-launch-pilot-project/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:58:58 +0000 http://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55401 Distributed Technology X (DT X) is building the next generation model from the grassroots of infrastructure Telecommunications 4.0 to IoT, Industry 4.0, Education 4.0 and financial services (Banking 4.0) leveraging[...]

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Distributed Technology X (DT X) is building the next generation model from the grassroots of infrastructure Telecommunications 4.0 to IoT, Industry 4.0, Education 4.0 and financial services (Banking 4.0) leveraging Distributed Ledger technology.

The aim is to empower whilst going beyond the traditional and typical approach of projects by targeting the sore points globally, opposed to the traditional proposals and whitepapers of a target market of 2 billion people who currently don’t have access to banking across the world.

With the rapid increase in the affordable internet with the advent of the smartphone, in South Africa, for example, 75% of the population had internet access in 2016. While not all countries are as connected as South Africa, one common denominator is that affordable internet penetration in Africa is increasing with predictions showing that mobile industry will account for 8% of the continent’s GDP by 2020.

Experience has shown that the integration of hardware and software solutions can solve the gap in access to education in Africa. Erik Hersman, founder of technology start-ups Ushahidi and iHub in Nairobi has developed Kio Kit, a tablet loaded with school curriculum and designed for African rural schools where access to power is not guaranteed. The material on the tablet can be updated by connecting it to the BRCK which has Wi-Fi, a Sim card, and ethernet connectivity.

The Centre for Education Innovation lists key themes in innovative education technologies in Africa which can inform education technology investors of the range of opportunities the continent offers.
• The use of technology to increase access to learning materials, for example, the computer exchange programme (Kenya)
• The provision of learning content and software free for all or at reduced prices for example Train Your Brain(South Africa)
• The provision of instructional materials and training for teachers, for example, Nokia Life+(Nigeria)
• Creation of an online platform for students interaction for example Connecting Classrooms(Liberia)
• Online delivery of skills for work, for example, Shamba Shape Up(East Africa)

DT X is more evolved around Telecommunication infrastructure merged with Distributed Ledger Technology over its own Network on a national scale thus securing all information and providing Industry 4.0 the infrastructure to grow and create economic growth whilst supporting Fintech, Education, and Public or Private services, and the selection of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a Central African country, to host the DT X Aqua Telecom Education 4.0 pilot project is significant.

The programme will enable access to e-learning materials of international standards using blockchain technology. Students who go through the programme will be issued with internationally recognized certificates. The programme will later be rolled out in the rest of the world.

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InTouch to deploy Guichet Unique solutions in 8 African Nations http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/24/intouch-deploy-guichet-unique-solutions-8-african-nations/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/24/intouch-deploy-guichet-unique-solutions-8-african-nations/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:50:26 +0000 http://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55394 Total and Worldline signed binding technological, commercial and financing agreements with African fintech InTouch recently. Under the agreements, Total and Worldline will support the deployment of the Guichet Unique solution[...]

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Total and Worldline signed binding technological, commercial and financing agreements with African fintech InTouch recently. Under the agreements, Total and Worldline will support the deployment of the Guichet Unique solution in eight African countries — Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, the Republic of Guinea and Senegal.

Guichet Unique provides retail networks with a unique customer-friendly device that makes it possible to securely and seamlessly accept all means of payment, including mobile money, payments through private label cards and cash, and to distribute third party services, such as subscriptions to media content, bill payment, money transfer, card top-up, banking and insurance.
This initiative aligns with Total’s overall strategy of offering innovative solutions to customers and facilitating their journey. Already deployed in more than 170 Total service stations and more than 600 independent points of sale in Senegal, the Guichet Unique platform manages more than 30,000 transactions per day in that country.

As part of these agreements:
• Total and Worldline will fund the first phase of deployment of the Guichet Unique solution in the above-mentioned eight countries and become shareholders in InTouch, alongside its founder, Omar Cissé.

• Total will deploy the Guichet Unique solution in its service station network in these eight countries, with possible further deployment in another 30 African and Middle Eastern countries. This initiative aligns with Total’s overall strategy of offering innovative solutions to customers and facilitating their journey.

• InTouch is targeting deployment of the solution in more than 5,000 retail network and independent points of sale in each of these countries.

• Worldline, on top of supporting InTouch through its payment expertise, will provide a secure and industrial hosting infrastructure to enable the pan-African deployment and run of Guichet Unique.

InTouch is active in three main businesses: aggregation of means of payment, integration of digital services, and loyalty program management. Established in Senegal in 2014, it provides a universal solution that allows merchants to accept all means of payment, from cash to mobile money, including credit and debit cards. InTouch’s solution also allows merchants to distribute digital services, such as airtime, insurance products, and bill payment, all through a single device (smartphone, computer, ATM, etc.).

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Real Reason Jack Ma chose East Africa for his 1st African Visit http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/23/real-reason-jack-ma-chose-east-africa-1st-african-visit/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/23/real-reason-jack-ma-chose-east-africa-1st-african-visit/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:57:43 +0000 http://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55389 East Africa has become an attractive investment destination in recent years, owing to its improved business environment. According to Ernst & Young’s 2016 Africa attractiveness program, east African countries recorded[...]

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East Africa has become an attractive investment destination in recent years, owing to its improved business environment. According to Ernst & Young’s 2016 Africa attractiveness program, east African countries recorded the highest share of Foreign Direct Investment in Africa, achieving 26.3 percent of total projects.

Jack Ma speaking in Kenya

Governments across the region have continued to build structures ready for every investment opportunity. The most important structures have been built in countries like Kenya and Rwanda, where the government has shown great support for innovation and entrepreneurship.

In 2012, the Rwandan government launched YouthConnekt, an initiative to encourage entrepreneurship among the country’s youth. The platform connects young people to role models, resources, knowledge and skills, internships and employment opportunities, enabling them to participate in shaping a better future for themselves, Rwanda and the World at large.

Jack Ma spoke at the YouthConnekt Africa summit on Friday. The summit was organized in collaboration with United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Ma, who is also a special adviser for the UN on youth entrepreneurship, was in Kenya Thursday where he addressed a group of 500 aspiring business leaders at the University of Nairobi.

Speaking at the Youth Konnect conference in Rwanda

Ma has often advised developing countries to beware of creating regulations and taxes that could kill small businesses before they even get a chance to stabilize. In Kenya, he spoke of how opportunities for trade can increase through the use of e-commerce. He also advised the aspiring business leaders he met on how to be successful. Africa’s young generation has been setting global trends in innovation and technology. This incredible feat has been supported by policies and structures put in place by governments in countries like Rwanda and Kenya.

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African Startups are Growing Better Revenue Than Ever http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/23/african-startups-growing-better-revenue-ever/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/23/african-startups-growing-better-revenue-ever/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:30:30 +0000 http://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55384 Seventy-one per cent of African tech startups is generating revenue, while over 40 per cent has received outside funding. The report, which is based on data collected from 591 startups[...]

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Seventy-one per cent of African tech startups is generating revenue, while over 40 per cent has received outside funding.

The report, which is based on data collected from 591 startups in 48 African countries, as well as 111 Africa-focused investors, aims to aid a better understanding of the critical success factors for African ventures. With 71 per cent of the surveyed startups generating revenue, VC4Africa said the data shows that African markets are full of opportunities. This statistic is a small increase from previous years when 70 per cent indicated they were generating revenue, while 23 per cent of the startups are generating more than US$50,000.

Meanwhile, 42 per cent of the ventures in the dataset has received outside funding, with 52 per cent of these companies going on to raise more than US$50,000. The report finds most investments are secured by Nigeria-based ventures: 90 investments, compared to 52 in 2016.

However, average investment is higher in South Africa than in Nigeria and Kenya, which VC4Africa said can be explained by the fact the South African startup space is one of the most developed on the continent. Just over half of the startups surveyed employ staff, with companies that do so creating seven jobs on average, while the median staff count is 3.1.

VC4Africa said while many factors go into building a company, this year’s research analysis makes clear that a strong team of founders is the key driver of venture success in Africa.
“All other factors aside, the right team makes the difference and is the single most unique trait we see across the companies making commercial progress,” the report said, “Established and emerging ventures are set up by slightly larger founding teams compared to less developed ventures. They also are more likely to include both genders in the founding team. Most notably, founders of established and emerging ventures are older.”

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Burundi: Gigawatt Global Grows its Green Energy Offerings to Bujumbura http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/20/burundi-gigawatt-global-grows-its-green-energy-offerings-to-bujumbura/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/20/burundi-gigawatt-global-grows-its-green-energy-offerings-to-bujumbura/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:30:21 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55381 This week solar-powered ‘light islands’ began appearing in the heavily-trafficked central bus station and nearby marketplace, extending commercial hours and personal safety. Gigawatt Global is now in discussions to scale the[...]

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This week solar-powered ‘light islands’ began appearing in the heavily-trafficked central bus station and nearby marketplace, extending commercial hours and personal safety. Gigawatt Global is now in discussions to scale the solar-powered ‘light islands’ program throughout the city and in other major Burundian towns. 


Yosef Abramowitz, CEO, Gigawatt Global showing kids how to use solar panels



“We are grateful and pleased to work with the city of Bujumbura, and the Honorable Mayor Freddy Mbonimpa to realise this important first step of the solar street lighting project,” said Michael Fichtenberg, Managing Director of Gigawatt Global Burundi.



“We intend to expand throughout the capital and to other locations as part of our larger program of green electrification in Burundi, with 40 ‘light islands’ planned in the first phase of the program,” Fichtenberg continued. “Every country in which we develop commercial scale solar fields will receive additional benefits like these ‘light islands’ and rural electrification with mini-grids.”




Gigawatt Global pioneered commercial scale solar power plants in sub-Sahara Africa, launching the first one in Rwanda in 2014, which is currently supplying 6% of the country’s generation capacity. The company will complete a 7.5 Mw solar field in the Gitega region of Burundi in the next six months, which will supply 15% of the East African country’s generation capacity. Similar projects are currently being developed in 10 African countries, including Liberia and South Sudan, among many others.  


Hon Mayor of Bujumbura City, Freddy Mbonimpa & Michael Fichtenberg, MD, Gigawatt Global Burundi and a staff.



The ‘light islands’ project in Bujumbura is produced by a team that includes local members Patrick Nzintunga, Regional Coordinator, and Deo Hugere, Engineer. The engineering, procurement, and construction components of this project are being carried out by Asantys System. The pilot program is supported by the Energy & Environmental Partnership (EEP), an initiative of the governments of the United Kingdom, Austria and Finland, and with an impact investment from entrepreneur Alex Goldberg.



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AFFRUIBANA, the First Pan-African Association of Fruit Producers Launches http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/20/affruibana-first-pan-african-association-fruit-producers-launches/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/20/affruibana-first-pan-african-association-fruit-producers-launches/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:09:21 +0000 http://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55371 AFRUIBANA, an association of fruit producers and exporters from Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and Ghana was officially launched in Brussels during a visit by Cameroon Trade Minister, Luc Magloire Mbarga[...]

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AFRUIBANA, an association of fruit producers and exporters from Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and Ghana was officially launched in Brussels during a visit by Cameroon Trade Minister, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, to European institutions on Wednesday, 19 July. As a representative of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) during the various Councils of Ministers addressing the banana industry, the minister was lauded for this initiative, which will allow fruit producers on the continent to combine their efforts with a view to having their voices heard better in international trade.

Cameroon Trade Minister, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana

The association is established under Cameroonian law and gathers several representatives of producers and exporters from different sub-Saharan countries, notably Assobacam, the Cameroon banana industry association, and OBAMCI, an Ivory Coast organization of producers and exporters of bananas, pineapples, mangoes and other fruits. AFRUIBANA is an open platform with a mission to defend the interests of African fruit farming.

In Brussels, AFRUIBANA has thus become the permanent representative of a community of fruit producers and exporters across Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and Ghana. The association will thus take steps to support competitiveness and export fruits to EU countries. It will also serve as an interface between producers in the sector and European institutions to secure financing and support for African fruit growers. AFRUIBANA also has a key role in the representation and advocacy for asserting the quality and importance of agro-industrial value chains across the African continent in terms of economy, social affairs and environmental impact.

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AFRUIBANA is an open platform with a mission to defend the interests of African fruit farming. Several important meetings will be on AFRUIBANA’s institutional agenda in the coming months, namely the EU-Africa Summit in Abidjan at the end of November 2017, with the adoption of a new road map for relations between the two continents, the preparation of the post-Cotonou Agreement as of January 2018, or even the provisions for meetings between the EU and Latin American producers during the first quarter in 2018.

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Nigeria: Federal Government to establish ICT Development Bank http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/19/nigeria-federal-government-establish-ict-development-bank/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/19/nigeria-federal-government-establish-ict-development-bank/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:08:09 +0000 http://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55359 The Federal Government will soon establish a specialized bank to cater to the development of the Information and Communications Technology industry, the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has said[...]

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The Federal Government will soon establish a specialized bank to cater to the development of the Information and Communications Technology industry, the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has said at the 13th International Conference of the Nigeria Computer Society in Abuja recently, also disclosed that the proposed ICT University would take off in September.

Justifying the decision to establish an ICT development bank, Shittu said the regular banks could not cater to the needs of operators in the ICT industry because of the time it usually takes to develop ICT products and services from conception to the market. The minister said the proposed bank was provided for in the ICT road map, which had been approved by the Federal Executive Council.

“I am happy to inform you today that the Information and Communications Technology Roadmap has been approved by the Federal Executive Council. The ICT roadmap is a fundamental component of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020 of the Federal Government,” he stated.

At the wake of 2000, the Federal Government of Nigeria embarked on an aggressive drive towards the provision of more efficient services in the nation through its privatization and deregulation policies the ICT subsector. The policy thrives led to the establishment of National Telecommunication Policy in December 2001. The policy, among other things, recognized the need for the establishment of an enabling environment for deregulation and rapid expansion of the telecommunication services in the country.

The policy objective was to develop globally competitive quality manpower in ICTs and related disciplines and environment. Consequently, attractive career opportunities will emerge in addition to the development of software and computer components that can earn the nation some foreign exchange. The implementation of ICTs policy led to the adoption of Global System for Mobile-Communications (GSM) and its related components in Nigeria.

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Ethiopia: Barega wins Gold in 3000m Race http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/18/ethiopia-barega-wins-gold-in-3000m-race/ http://www.cp-africa.com/2017/07/18/ethiopia-barega-wins-gold-in-3000m-race/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:40:35 +0000 https://www.cp-africa.com/?p=55341 Ethiopia stunned their Kenyan hosts with a superb middle-distance performance yesterday, with Selemon Barega producing a smart tactical race to win the boys’ 3000m final at a packed Kasarani Stadium, in Nairobi. As expected,[...]

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Ethiopia stunned their Kenyan hosts with a superb middle-distance performance yesterday, with Selemon Barega producing a smart tactical race to win the boys’ 3000m final at a packed Kasarani Stadium, in Nairobi.




As expected, the race evolved into a four-way battle between the Kenyan and Ethiopian contingents after Ugandan Oscar Chelimo was dropped midway through the contest. Starting an early drive for home with three laps remaining, Ethiopia’s Milkesa Mengesha tried to drop his opponents and opened a small gap. The chasing trio were able to close him down, however, and world U20 champion Barega drew clear down the finishing straight to win in 7:47.16.

“My strategy was to kick in the last 200m, which went according to plan,” said Barega, who earlier this month clocked 12:55.58 for 5000m. “I intend to compete in more races around the world at any given opportunity to better my time.”


Selemon Barega 



The capacity Kenyan crowd were ultimately rewarded for the immense support they showed their athletes as they bolted around the track, with Edward Zakayo grabbing the silver medal in 7:49.17 and Stanley Waithaka taking bronze in 7:50.64. Mengesha faded in the latter stages to settle for fourth place in 7:55.29, and though he missed out on a medal he managed to clock a personal best, as did all three boys who reached the podium.



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