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Alliance to Increase Rwanda Internet Uptake

Kigali — MTN Rwanda has launched a sponsored data service in partnership with mobile solutions provider, U2opia Mobile, in an effort to increase internet uptake in the country.   Powered by Fonepass, U2opia Mobile's sponsored data platform is meant for subscribers with limited or no access to the internet, enabling them to explore the world of data and unlock its value at no cost for them.   An open marketing platform,.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th December 2015

Ericsson to Collaborate With MNOs to Drive VoD Market in Kenya

Ericsson is working closely with mobile operators in Kenya to begin the roll out of NuVu an end to end subscription Video on Demand content service.   Kenya will be the second country Ericsson looks into launching NuVu after Nigeria where plans are underway to have the product launched in Q1 of 2016 in partnership with Airtel Nigeria to Airtel's over 30 million subscribers. Ericsson, however, did not disclose when they will launch the.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th December 2015

Gov't Determined to Make East Africa a Manufacturing Hub

 NQI outstanding performers received certificates   Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said that the emphasis on GTP II is on quality, productivity and competitiveness of micro and small enterprises. The National Quality Infrastructure (NQI) institutions will play a critical role with the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology taking on an increasingly leading role as the main actor and champion of quality.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th December 2015

Heavy Investment in Africa's Lubricant Industry

 A professor with the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Steve Odi-Owei, has called for heavy investment in the production of quality lubricant in the country.   The professor, who spoke on "Human Capital Development and Capacity Building in Lubricant and Lubrication at the Nigerian Lubricant Summit in Lagos recently, said that this would support effective operations of the manufacturing, marine,.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th December 2015

President Magufuli: Development of Tanzania’s construction industry

 President Magufuli will soon have to tackle issues facing Tanzania’s construction industry and as the immdiate past Minister for Works Magufuli has his job cutout for him   The 5th President of the Republic of Tanzania has already endeared himself to the general population and indeed the rest of Africa with his no-nonsense fight against corruption. This comes in the shadow of what many see as a crippling vice in Africa that.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 16th December 2015

Kenyan Coffee Brands in Global Top 30 Most Popular List

Four Kenyan coffee brands are among the top 30 most sought after by coffee lovers in the world.   Announcing its list of the world's rarest Top 30 Coffee for 2015, Coffeereview.com's editor and lead taster Kenneth Davids said that the analysis took place in America since all the tasting facilities and 27 of the best coffee roasters were based there with the other three roasters being based in Canada, Taiwan and China.   Kenya.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th December 2015

Nigeria: Banking Sector Plans Fresh N300 Billion Agriculture Financing for 2016

A new window of opportunities may have been opened up in the nation's agriculture sector, with a pledge of N300 billion fresh financing of the economic segment and its value chains in 2016 by the Bankers' Committee.   Besides, the earlier plans by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to create about one million jobs through small businesses' development and support by lending at "ridiculously" lower interest rate to graduates got.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th December 2015

Ethiopia: Authority Launches Construction of U.S.$700 Million Expressway

The 10,000km highway is designed for traffic levels forecast for the next 21 years   Ethiopian Roads Authority began construction of the Modjo-Hawassa Expressway, which, upon completion in five years, will have a million new trees flanking it on both sides.   The official launch of construction of the first four phases from Modjo to Meki by Prime Minister Hailemraim Desalegn on December 10, 2015, was the culmination of a four-year.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th December 2015

Ethiopia: Corporation Allocates 1 Bln. Usd for Industrial Parks

Industrial Parks Development Corporation announced that it has allocated one billion USD to construct over ten parks in Adama, Makalle, Kombolcha, Jimma and Bahir Dar towns.   Briefing journalists on Corporation current activities yesterday, Corporation CEO with the Rank of State Minister Sisay Gemechu said that the government plans to construct ten new industrial parks in Growth and Transformation Plan II period. The construction of.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th December 2015

Lagos Approves Flyover Bridges for Ajah, Abule Egba

The Lagos State Government has approved the construction of flyover bridges for two of the state's high-density traffic zones - Ajah roundabout and Abule Egba junction. The two major projects were approved by the State's Executive Council and have been duly awarded to contractors for a speedy commencement of work.   In a statement yesterday by the state's Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the projects will be.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th December 2015

Alpla buys operations in Egypt and Italy

Plastics packaging giant Alpla Holding GmbH has continued its worldwide expansion with acquisitions in Egypt and Italy. The Austria-based group will take over the Egyptian production site of Greek company Argo SA at the end of 2015. The facility is located around 30 kilometers northeast of central Cairo, in the industrial area of El Obour. Argo has operated the Egyptian plant since 2011. The plant produces blow molded containers and has.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th December 2015

Constantia Flexibles completes acquisition of Afripack

Vienna, Austria-headquartered packaging company Constantia Flexibles GmbH has announced that it has completed its acquisition of South African flexibles packaging group Afripack. The completion comes following approval from the antitrust authorities. A financial figure for the deal was not disclosed. Constantia highlights that Africa is one of the fastest growing markets for flexible packaging, with demand being pushed by factors including.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 15th December 2015

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