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SADC Invites Stakeholders to its Services Committee

The Secretariat of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) launched the first Sector Focus Group (SFG) – Business Services meeting from 9 – 11th May 2022. The SFG comprised of Member States’ representatives from Ministries of Trade as well as regional and national policy, regulatory and private sector stakeholders from professional services; computer and related…

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Google Sets up Product Development Centre in Kenya

Google has announced that it will build its first product development center in Africa in Nairobi. In 2018 the company announced a $1bn investment plan for Africa to capitalise on the growing number of internet users on the continent. Earlier this year, payments technology firm Visa and computer software giant Microsoft also opened innovation hubs…

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Africa News

The Rapid Payment Programme and Other Payments Developments in SA Last year we reported that the Rapid Payment Programme (RPP) would be launched in May 2022 by PASA. Unfortunately, there have been some unforeseen delays to solve, such as standardisation and the last mile functions between the payment operators, and therefore deployment is now expected…

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Survey on Women Leading Corporate Africa

Africa.com took a poll of over 1,000 senior c-suite executives. The poll asked 2 key questions about women in corporate Africa.  First, “Compared to the rest of the world, climbing the corporate ladder for women in Africa is a) the same, b) harder, or c) easier.  84% indicated that it is harder.  Second, “For black…

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Malware attacks are on the increase in Africa

The Newsletter has often stressed the need for greater vigilance against cybercrime. A new report from Kaspersky shows that over the last 18 months cybercriminals have taken advantage of digital transformation advancements and an increase in remote working to launch their assaults. Kaspersky recorded 85 million in the first half of 2021, representing a 5%…

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New SAIIA Paper on Regional Value Chains in Africa, and the Digital Economy

Michelle Chivunga and I have submitted another Occasional Paper to SAIIA (https://saiia.org.za/research/why-regional-value-chains-in-africa-need-to-go-digital/). See the event (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdaLZtxGUwo&t=2s) The paper points out that Africa has been dependent on foreign aid and the revenue generated by a limited export basket, comprising mainly primary goods. The continent has also been de-industrialising. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) provides…

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