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Visa’s new study on ecommerce activity in Africa

SA, Nigeria and Kenya are the top drivers of ecommerce volumes in Sub-Saharan Africa over the last 3 years, according to Visa Consulting and Analytics (VCA)’s recent Report, ‘Ecommerce developments across Sub Saharan Africa’. Ghana is also showing growth. During lockdown the continent saw new ecommerce users rise by 5% compared to 2019. The Report…

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Machine Learning for African Languages

Despite speech increasingly becoming one of the main ways people interact with devices, voice technology remains largely closed to Africa’s languages, accents, and speech patterns. The world’s most popular voice assistants, Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, still don’t support any African languages. The continent has more than 1,000 languages. Common Voice, a crowdsourcing project started…

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Nigeria Bans Twitter

Following  the banning of Twitter, the government has insisted that all Over The Top (OTT) platforms, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, must register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and be licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to continue operating in the country. It also set out conditions that Twitter must fulfill before…

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Ethiopia’s New Telecom

MTN lost its bid for an Ethiopia operating telecom licence, while Ethio telecom’s mobile money, Tele birr, achieved 3.1 million customers in its first month, making it likely to be the leading digital wallet in the country. The MTN Group says that it will bid again in the second round if mobile financial services are…

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Funding and Training for the Digital Economy

The World Bank has granted Tanzania $150 million as part of the Digital Tanzania Project (DTP), one of 3 national projects for which the international financial institution has released a total of $850 million. The DTP funding will be used to increase access to quality broadband Internet. However, in another development, the government said yesterday that it…

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Nigerian Central Bank Announces Plans to Launch New Currency, South Africa Also Considers A Digital Currency

During this year the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has flip-flopped between welcoming digital currencies, then forbidding trading in cryptocurrencies, and now announcing that it plans to launch its own new digital currency before the end of the year. SA on the other hand has always been friendly to new digital currencies and the Reserve…

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New SADC Transport Link

Botswana and Zambia has opened the $260m Kazungula Bridge, the 923km road and rail bridge offers a faster and cheaper alternative to a route via Beitbridge on Zimbabwe’s border with SA. Kazungula has a one-stop border facility located near the quadripoint that links Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. On average, about 25,000 people pass through…

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Addressing the Unaddressed

First there was ‘What-three-words’, an address system that uses three random words to identify an address, and now Mahli, from Cote d’Ivoire. The inventors point out that Ivorians generally describe their locations based on surroundings. So, Mahli, a startup aiming to solve the problem in order to boost African ecommerce, decided to use this method…

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Safaricom and Amazon

Safaricom is holding talks with Amazon.com Inc. about the use of mobile-money service M-Pesa on the Amazon’s platform, as part of efforts to expand global reach and bounce back from a first profit decline in a decade. Safaricom and Amazon already work together on web services while the Nairobi-based company runs local cloud sales for…

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