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  • Enforcing Corporate Governance Code in Telecoms Sector

    NIGERIA, 2017/11/27 The renewed sensitisation campaign on the adoption of the mandatory corporate governance code in the telecoms industry, will drive the increase in the sector, writes Emma Okonji
  • Digital IQ for African companies track global averages – but South Africa is at risk of falling behind

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/04 Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with a lot of chief executives not from presently on fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their world peers in a lot of measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s Digital IQ as strong – a score of 70% or better. However, South African companies stand at risk, with less than half (47%) rating their organisation’s IQ over 70%. These are some of the highlights from the 10th edition of PwC’s World Digital IQ survey (http://APO.af/FZSmmw), with a focus on Africa. “Digital IQ has a different meaning today than it had at the same time as PwC (www.PwC.com) started this research a decade ago. Tielman Botha, Digital Lead for PwC South Africa, says: “Today, the scope and scale of digital-driven change has grown significantly, and organisations have invested a lot of time and money to keep up.
  • Kenya, Nigeria & S. Africa: biggest winners of Google's Africa tech training

    KENYA, 2017/09/09 Alphabet Inc’s Google aims to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort to make them additional employable, its chief executive said on Thursday. The U.S. technology giant as well hopes to train 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, a company spokeswoman said. Google’s pledge marked an expansion of an initiative it launched in April 2016 to train young Africans in digital skills. It announced in March it had reached its initial target of training one million people.
  • Five billion people in the world use mobile phones, 436 million in sub-Sahara Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/06/15 The number of mobile phone subscribers in the world has reached five billion, according to the research arm of the world mobile industry organization, GSMA. But sub-Sahara Africa is the least penetrated with 436 million incomparable subscribers, the organization says in a press release copied to ghanabusinessnews.com. The GSMA defines a ‘incomparable mobile subscriber’ as an individual person that can account for multiple ‘mobile connections’, that is SIM cards. According to GSMA Intelligence, the world’s five billion incomparable mobile subscribers today account for approximately 7.7 billion mobile connections – excluding mobile-to-mobile (M2M).
  • 3 Ways Digital Technology Can Transform Africa Into a Global Power

    BOTSWANA, 2016/11/03 Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest digital innovations. From medical applications to inventions aimed at enabling the continent’s educational system, the continent is not just experiencing a digital revolution, but it’s as well solidifying its place as world leader in science and technology. The number of young people creating life-changing digital applications in Africa continues to grow. In Mozambique, counselors are using Short Message Services to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS, while in Nigeria a Do It Yourself generator that can produce six hours of power just from a liter of urine was invented by a group of 15-year-old girls. And in Zimbabwe, a 24-year-old engineering student has managed approaching up with a machine that turns plastic into diesel.
  • Nigeria: Arrested Ringleader Of Global Network Behind Thousands Of Online Scams

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2016/09/01 The chief of an international criminal network behind thousands of online frauds has been arrested in a joint operation by INTERPOL and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), according to INTERPOL.. The 40-year-old Nigerian national, known as ‘Mike’, is believed to be behind scams totalling additional than USD 60 million involving hundreds of victims worldwide. In one case a target was conned into paying out USD 15.4 million.
  • AFRICA 2016 POPULATION AND INTERNET USERS STATISTICS FOR 2016

    BOTSWANA, 2016/08/13 Africa is the second-largest continent, after Asia, in size and population; located south of Europe and bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east by the Indian Ocean.
  • Nigeria’s e-commerce industry shows growth potential

    NIGERIA, 2016/06/18 Recent investments demonstrate sustained investor interest in e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, which boasts the continent’s major people and economy. Ombola Johnson, the former minister of communications technology, predicted Nigeria’s e-commerce industry will reach a valuation of $10bn in the years ahead, with some 300,000 online orders expected each day. This increase would be in line with trends throughout the wider continent, with consultancy McKinsey estimating that the African e-commerce market is on track to reach $75bn in revenues per annum by 2025.
  • Africa,Protect Refugees With Mobile Banking

    BOTSWANA, 2016/02/08 "Mean spirited", "inhumane" and desecrating the spirit of the Refugee Convention are some of the milder criticisms levelled at Denmark's harsh new asylum laws, passed last week. Part new measures is a decision to strip new arrivals of any cash and valuables worth additional than 10,000 kroner (US$1,450), purportedly to pay for their upkeep. Switzerland and some southern German states have introduced similar policies. It's a move that reflects the fragmenting world of European migration policy, lacking in solidarity, empathy and basic human decency. But what of the financial implications for asylum seekers?
  • Nigeria cuts down on 5.2 bln USD fine imposed on MTN

    NIGERIA, 2015/12/08 Nigeria has reduced a 5.2 billion U.S dollars fine imposed on Africa's major mobile operator MTN, the telecommunication giant said Thursday. In a statement, the South Africa-based mobile operator said next further engagements with the authorities, the Nigerian Communications Commission has reduced the fine slammed on them for not cutting off unregistered users. The fine of 5.2 billion U.S dollars was imposed by Nigerian authorities who had asked MTN to disconnect 5.1 million MTN Nigeria subscribers in August and September for not completing their SIM cards registration with the company.