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Africa: Goldman Sachs invests into Africa Internet Group

The big tech news is the recent torrent of capital to Africa Internet Group (AIG)—that owns online retailer Jumia and 9 other e-ventures. Recently, AIG announced €300 million ($326 million) in funding from backers including Goldman Sachs and MTN. CEO Sacha Poignonnec confirmed the new financing brings company equity to €1.005bn ($1.08bn). This clears the hurdle for AIG to become Africa’s first startup unicorn. There […]

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Senegal: Rwandan President calls for more African Research

President Paul Kagame has called on African nations to scale up investments in research to increase impact of science in development. The president was speaking at the opening session of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) recently held in Dakar, Senegal. The forum, taking place for the first time on the African continent, has attracted over […]

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Burkina Faso to get Cloud network tech for e-Government

Alcatel-Lucent is to provide the government of Burkina Faso with cloud networking technology that will enable it to develop new digital public services, such as E-government, E-learning and E-health.  The company will supply the West African nation with its NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), CloudBand and IP platforms, which will be integrated into the ‘G-Cloud’ infrastructure […]

Djibouti Armed Forces gets Training on iRobot

The ability to use technology to safely search for and inspect explosive devices is a critical skill for explosive ordnance disposal technicians, and now members of the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) are gaining the technology and ability. FAD and U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians worked together recently during a course to learn how […]

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African Development Bank stages 1st Tech Innovation Weekend in Côte d’Ivoire

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently hosted an inaugural Innovation Weekend at its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and the goal is to find technology-led solutions from West Africa to better the lives of women and youth. “We want big ideas to generate big wins, and that means taking big risks,” said AfDB President Akinwumi […]