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To accelerate the implementation of “Digital Egypt 2030”, its digital transformation strategy, Egypt bets on international cooperation. In its bids, it is supported by several strategic partners. 

On Saturday, September 28, Microsoft Egypt and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation to advance sustainable development and promote digital innovation in Egypt.

Under the agreement, UNDP and Microsoft will work together to promote digital skills and skills enhancement for future jobs and employability, with a focus on empowering women and girls, among other things.

"We are thrilled to enter this strategic partnership with Microsoft Egypt. This collaboration signifies our joint commitment to harnessing the power of digital innovation and technology for sustainable development in Egypt. By combining our expertise and resources, we aim to empower Egyptian youth, and promote gender equality," said Alessandro Fracassetti (photo, center), UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt.

According to the UNDP press release, the agreement also highlights progress in agro-technology and the transformation of the food system. In this sense, the agreement will enable the implementation of agritech solutions that address food security challenges and promote sustainable agriculture in Egypt. Both parties will also share expertise and best practices to support the digital transformation of the public sector, improving service delivery and governance processes. The partnership also aims to advance digital transformation programs in the public sector, including the integration of AI.

The MoU adds to the international cooperation actions undertaken by the government to successfully implement “Digital Egypt 2030,” its digital transformation strategy.  According to Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, the Ministry's development cooperation portfolio included 34 projects in the fields of innovation, digitization, and entrepreneurship. They are valued at one billion dollars, representing 4% of the overall portfolio. 

Posted On lundi, 02 octobre 2023 17:30 Written by

The healthtech startup is taking that difficult decision four years after its creation with some $45 million in funding attracted and numerous strategic partnerships. 

For several days now, startup 54gene's website has been inaccessible. According to sources close to the company quoted by Nigerian media outlet Techcabal, the company is winding down operations. The process, initiated in July 2023, was prompted by financial challenges and internal conflicts.

In early 2023, Abasi Ene-Obong, the figurehead of healthtech specializing in genomic research, tendered his resignation following accusations of financial malfeasance. Ron Chiarello, who was appointed in March 2023 to replace him, left three months later. Last July, he said the company “could not continue to operate financially.”

Founded in 2019 by Abasi Ene-Obong, Damilola Oni, Gatumi Aliyu, and Ogochukwu Francis Osifo, 54gene had a grand ambition: to bridge the genomics research gap in Africa with the aim of discovering new healthcare solutions for the continent's populations and those of African descent. Strategic collaborations have been initiated to this end.

In May 2022, 54gene signed a memorandum of understanding with the Académie Nationale des sciences et techniques du Sénégal (ANSTS), the human genetics department of the Faculty of Medicine, Pharmacy and Odonto-stomatology at Dakar's Cheikh Anta Diop University. The aim of the collaboration was to gain a better understanding of hereditary diseases and improve medical monitoring of the Senegalese population.

SEN-GENOME, a study of the genetic heritage of populations, was scheduled to start in July 2022. It was to trace the history of Senegalese populations and identify genetic risk factors for diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, certain infectious diseases, and rare genetic diseases. Initial results were expected in December 2023. 

This research will probably be concluded by the Senegalese party unless Abasi Ene-Obong, the former CEO of 54gene who had materialized this cooperation, takes it over. On September 15, on social media, he announced the launch of his new company Syndicate Bio. This company is also focused on genomic research and precision medicine.

Adoni Conrad Quenum

Posted On vendredi, 29 septembre 2023 17:11 Written by

With digital transformation accelerating worldwide, interest in cloud services is intensifying. Other continents have made considerable progress in that field while Africa barely accounts for 1% of the data centers installed globally.  

Chinese tech giant Huawei will invest $200 million to create Africa's first public cloud center, offering over 200 cloud services. Terry HE, President of Huawei Northern Africa (North, West, and Central Africa), made the announcement at the opening of the 8th edition of "Huawei Connect", held from September 20 to 22 in Shanghai, China.

"Every technological evolution is the result of perseverance, exploration, and investment," said Terry HE (photo), before adding that "to expedite intelligent transformation in Northern Africa, Huawei will intensify its investments in technologies, ecosystems, and talent."

The $200 million investment announced is part of the $430 million the company plans to invest in Africa over the next five years. Under that investment plan, Huawei will make a further $200 million available to support 200 local software partners and strengthen 1,300 distribution partners. The remaining $30 million will be injected to train 10,000 local developers and 100,000 digital professionals, creating a skilled workforce to drive smart transformation in the region.

This initiative is part of Huawei's new strategy to assist Africa toward a "smart, connected future". In addition to improving deployment capacity, reducing costs, and securing data storage, Huawei's public cloud will also provide services capable of supporting extensive, efficient, and high-quality digital coverage, while reducing carbon emissions.

It should be remembered that Africa's share of the cloud market is still relatively marginal compared with the global market, which reached $445 billion in 2021. According to the report "Global Cloud Computing Market (2021 to 2028)", that market will triple to $1,200 billion by 2028. To improve its share in the market, Africa needs significant investments.

Samira Njoya

Posted On vendredi, 29 septembre 2023 16:53 Written by

The AI conversational agent has been revolutionizing the technology sector since its launch. But, OpenAI, the company that owns the technology, is still improving that groundbreaking tool. 

Californian AI firm OpenAI announced on Wednesday, September 27 that its flagship product ChatGPT, an AI-powered conversational agent, can now browse the Internet and provide real-time information. This functionality is available thanks to Browse with Bing, the result of its collaboration with Microsoft.

"ChatGPT can now browse the internet to provide you with current and authoritative information, complete with direct links to sources. It is no longer limited to data before September 2021. Since the original launch of browsing in May, we received useful feedback.[...] Browsing is available to Plus and Enterprise users today, and we’ll expand to all users soon. To enable, choose Browse with Bing in the selector under GPT-4," explains OpenAI on social media..

Thanks to a number of strategic partnerships, OpenAI is strengthening its market position with this development. While announcing several features for ChatGPT, OpenAI also announced on Monday, September 25 that its conversational agent can see, hear, and speak.

"We’re rolling out voice and images in ChatGPT to Plus and Enterprise users over the next two weeks. Voice is coming on iOS and Android (opt-in in your settings) and images will be available on all platforms," OpenAi wrote on its website. 

Adoni Conrad Quenum

Posted On jeudi, 28 septembre 2023 14:23 Written by

With digital transformation accelerating across Africa, it is now crucial to build the continent’s digital skills. In Kenya, private and public stakeholders are multiplying partnerships for that purpose. 

Last week, MaMa Doing Good, a Kenyan NGO headed by First Lady Rachel Ruto, announced a memorandum of understanding with Huawei to provide digital literacy training to some 14,000 women groups in the country. 

The partnership between the two institutions encompasses several key areas, including bridging the digital divide, improving digital skills, advocating for digital literacy, and communicating and documenting the program and its impact.

“We are thrilled to join forces with MaMa Doing Good to empower women with the digital skills they need to thrive in today’s world. Through this collaboration, we aim to bridge the digital divide and create a brighter future for women in Kenya,” said  Steven Zhang, Deputy CEO at Huawei Kenya.

For MaMa Doing Good, the new partnership “symbolizes a shared commitment to building an equitable society where every individual, especially women, can lead lives that are not just happy and fulfilled, but profoundly transformed. It resonates deeply with Kenya’s Vision 2030, underlining the paramount importance of digital literacy and economic empowerment” on Kenya’s roadmap to progress.

According to John Chumo (photo, center), CEO of MaMa Doing Good, investing in women's economic empowerment will pave the way for gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth. Digital equipment and skills will be a catalyst for change that will profoundly improve their lives, he believes.

Samira Njoya

Posted On mercredi, 27 septembre 2023 15:33 Written by

After enabling Nigerian startups to raise capital on the exchange, the NGX is going a step further with the federal government’s approval.  

Nigerian authorities want local start-ups to be listed on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX), the country's main stock exchange. This was stated by Bosun Tijani, Nigeria's Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, at a technology event entitled "Invest in Africa's Future - Let's talk about exits" held last week in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

The aim is to stimulate the listing of startups on the NGX Technology Board index. "We want to prioritize the ability of our technology companies to export products and we are targeting Africa first and then eventually start selling to the rest of the world," Minister Tijani explained.

This decision is in line with the country’s plan to diversify its economy, therefore reducing its high dependence on oil revenues by capitalizing on its very buoyant and dynamic tech sector. According to Partech Africa, Nigerian startups captured $1.2 billion of the $6.5 billion raised in Africa in 2022. In 2021, they captured $1.8 billion of the $6 billion, against $307 million of the $1.43 billion in 2020 and $747 million of the $2 billion in 2019.

Apart from being the country whose startups attract the most funding in Africa, Nigeria also hosts four of the eight unicorns on the continent. Those unicorns are namely Chipper Cash, Flutterwave, Interswitch, and Opay. Flutterwave co-founder Olugbenga Agboola, who took part in the event in New York, explained that his company would bank on the project and capitalize on the opportunities offered to evolve and bring more value to its customers and investors.

"We will continue to do a lot of work that makes us able to attract local capital and the day tech start-ups come to the exchange, we are confident that there would be a very good audience of investors that would want to own a bit of their shares. This is what we at NGX are doing by removing all barriers for that to happen," says Temi Popoola, Chief Executive Officer of NGX.

Adoni Conrad Quenum

Posted On mardi, 26 septembre 2023 17:54 Written by

To fulfill its digital transformation ambitions, the Chadian government is multiplying initiatives with key partners. 

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Economy of Chad, Mahamat Saleh Ibrahim, and the Vice President and General Manager of Huawei CEMAC zone, Léo Lingyu Kong, signed a memorandum of understanding on Saturday, September 23 in Shanghai, on the sidelines of Huawei Connect 2023.

Under the terms of the agreement, Huawei is committed to becoming a key partner of the Chadian government and supporting it in its mission to build a favorable ecosystem for the emergence of digital talents in Chad.

"In the era of the digital economy, digital talent is key, and Huawei is committed to transferring and sharing ICT knowledge and skills, continuously improving digital competencies, and supporting the development of local digital economies and emerging industries," the ministry said in a note posted on social networks.

This initiative is part of the National ICT Modernization Project, financed by a concessional loan granted by the Chinese government to the Chadian government. In its first phase, which is still underway, the government benefited from the support of Huawei and other partners such as telecom operators Moov and Airtel.

Launched in 2020, the project is divided into several components, namely the construction of a national data center, the building of a 1,200 km fiber optic network crossing the country from south to east, a 50 km fiber optic loop around the city of N'Djamena, the modernization of the Sotel Tchad group's network through the construction of 200 2G/3G/4G sites, and the extension of subscriber capacity from 300,000 to 1,000,000.

All these initiatives underway in the country were reviewed in Shanghai by the Chadian delegation and Huawei vice-president Richard Jin. The second phase of the project was also discussed.

Samira Njoya

Posted On lundi, 25 septembre 2023 16:17 Written by

True to its mission, which is to assist African countries “in their efforts to achieve economic development and social progress,” the AfDB is signing strategic partnerships to enable every member country to capitalize on the opportunities offered by the ongoing tech revolution. 

On Thursday, September 21, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and American technology giant Google announced the signing of a letter of intent during the Global Africa Business Initiative at the UN General Assembly in New York. The aim is to harness emerging technologies, expand and improve technology infrastructures, and develop talent and skills to accelerate digital transformation on the continent.

"Our journey from a 2% telephony penetration in 1998 to today's era of 4G, 5G, and AI signifies immense progress. With 70% of sub-Saharan Africans under 30, our focus is on catalyzing businesses to create jobs and offer innovative solutions," says AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina (photo, center).

African countries are accelerating digital transformation with various programs and projects. They are multiplying partnerships to this end, and all sectors of activity are being positively impacted. The establishment of ecosystems and regulations to encourage the proliferation and emergence of startups is also at the heart of many governments' actions, fostering collaboration with global technology giants such as Google, Huawei, and Microsoft.

In collaboration with the AfDB, which has already injected more than $1.9 billion into various digital-related projects on the continent, the Mountain View firm will offer, among other things, “technical assistance to bolster entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in digitizing their businesses, securing financing, mastering digital marketing, and advancing private sector development.” 

Adoni Conrad Quenum

Posted On lundi, 25 septembre 2023 12:09 Written by

For the first cohort, Investing in Innovation selected 31 startups. This time, it has selected 29 startups operating in healthcare technologies, particularly in healthcare supply chains.

Last Tuesday, the pan-African initiative Investing in Innovation (i3) announced the second cohort of its i3 program. The cohort comprises 29 startups from ten African countries. The startups will take part in the annual market access event in Nairobi from November 14 to 15, 2023. 

"Selected startups receive introductions to leading potential customers in industry, donor agencies and governments, a $50,000 grant, and tailored investment readiness support from leading accelerators Villgro Africa, IMPACT Lab, Startupbootcamp Afritech, and CcHUB," we learn.

For the startups selected for this second cohort, 38% are headed by women, and 17% are active in French-speaking Africa, a region that is "less attractive" to foreign investors. Against a backdrop of slowing startup fundraising in Africa, these various programs show that the African technology sector is still attractive.

According to Kieran Daly, Director of Global Health Agencies and Funds at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and sponsored by the likes of Cencora and Microsoft, complements state and international initiatives to improve health outcomes and strengthen local health systems. “Programs like i3 help us understand, support, and engage with technology-driven solutions emerging across Africa, hand-in-hand with our partners,” he added.

Adoni Conrad Quenum

Posted On jeudi, 21 septembre 2023 14:55 Written by

Tourism is a key economic sector in Namibia.  At a time when the government is struggling to showcase the country’s attractions, digital solutions could contribute to the effective implementation of ongoing projects. 

LEFA Transportation Services, a Namibian e-mobility solution that connects drivers and passengers via its digital platform, announced on Monday, September 18 a partnership with Google Maps, the global online mapping service developed by Google.

The partnership aims to showcase Namibia's vast expanses on Google Street View, a virtual navigation service that complements Google Maps and Google Earth by enabling 360° panorama views. 

"By making the nation’s natural wonders, historic sites, and urban landscapes accessible with the click of a button, potential tourists can be enticed to experience the beauty of Namibia first-hand," said Melkies Ausiku, founder and general manager of LEFA Transportation Services.

As part of this ambitious 17,000 km project, Google Maps will carry out a major update on Namibia. Eventually, locals and visitors alike will discover greater precision in the names of the streets and newly mapped roads.

According to Melkies Ausiku, the project will provide an authentic and comprehensive digital representation of Namibia. The digital representation will thus serve as an innovative marketing tool, opening up opportunities for businesses to attract a global customer base. Local businesses, from charming accommodations to restaurants, cultural sites, and tour operators, will benefit from unrivaled visibility.

Samira Njoya

Posted On mercredi, 20 septembre 2023 15:16 Written by
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