DPO Group enhances USSD payment option in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Pan Africa payment service provider, DPO Group has added a new form of payment that will allow merchants to get paid by their customers via a USSD code in Nigeria. The new feature allows merchants to receive payments from customers who don’t have access to mobile banking or a payment card. Paired with DPO’s robust and scalable payment…

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Nigeria launches data-driven geospatial integrated energy planning tool

NIGERIA – The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched an integrated energy planning tool in collaboration with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), with support from the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet and funding from The Rockefeller Foundation. The interactive geospatial platform will provide low-cost, dynamic, and data-driven intelligence to a range of stakeholders, including the government and private…

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Khula! named winner of KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in Africa competition

SOUTH AFRICA – KPMG South Africa has announced the winners of its four-month-long KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in Africa competition, which sought to recognize Africa’s most successful technology innovators across the continent, with Khula! coming out as the leading tech innovator. This global competition, which was created to include 16 countries across most major regions of the world, invited…

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Microsoft unveils Windows 11 as it takes direct aim at rival Apple’s lucrative App Store business model

WORLD – Tech giant Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11, its first major operating system revamp since 2015 with new changes that take direct aim at Apple’s lucrative App Store business model, reports Reuters and Tech Central. Windows 11, which will hit the market by the end of this year, will include a new Windows Store that will let software developers use…

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Orange S.A. and GIZ partner to launch a digital centre in Ethiopia, 3rd in MEA region

ETHIOPIA – GIZ, a German development agency, Orange, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Innovation and Technology  have partnered to launch the Addis Ababa Orange Digital Centre, an ecosystem that is entirely dedicated to digital skills and innovation. After launches in Tunisia and Senegal, Ethiopia will be home to the third Orange Digital Centre in Africa and the Middle East. Occupying a space…

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Portuguese Brave Generation Academy to open new educational hubs across Africa

AFRICA – The Brave Generation Academy, a disruptive approach to education that will change the course of schooling, is looking for people with the passion to make the difference to become partners in opening new educational hubs across Africa. With an online curriculum that is recognised by the world’s leading universities as the gold standard of international education, the Brave Generation Academy has a…

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Chinese tech company vivo launches V20 phone model in Kenya

KENYA – Technology giant vivo has unveiled its latest premium phone device, the vivo V20, in the Kenyan market, increasing competition in the country’s smartphones market.  The newly launched camera-oriented device which comes with a 44MP Eye Autofocus front camera uses advanced AI algorithms to focus on moving subjects for clear selfies and targets the growing numbers of young technology…

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AU, Africa CDC launches tech portal to digitise COVID-19 certificates for travel

AFRICA – The African Union Commission and the Africa Centre for Disease Control Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a Covid-19 “Trusted Travel” portal to simplify verification of public health documentation of travellers during entry and exit across borders. The portal’s key features include information about the latest travel restrictions and entry requirements, a database of authorised laboratories and vaccination compliance…

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Commonwealth countries aim to unlock potential of FinTech

AFRICA – An innovative toolkit to help countries unlock the potential of financial technology to deliver inclusive economic progress has been launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat. The toolkit has been created in response to the requests of Central Bank Governors from across many Commonwealth countries and developed by the Commonwealth Secretariat with funding support from the Australian Government. Data by…

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Crown Agents Bank partners with VodaCash for digital payments in DRC

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Crown Agents Bank Ltd has signed a collaboration agreement with VodaCash SA in the innovating project of enabling international mobile payments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through M-Pesa brand The partnership is set to allow VodaCash, through Crown Agents Bank to assist international development organizations to further the transitioning of their payments to recipients…

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