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Clickatell Announces Chat Commerce Platform with New Payment Capabilities

Clickatell Announces Chat Commerce Platform with New Payment Capabilities

Business, Corporate Stories
Today Clickatell (https://bit.ly/3vcSvd7), a leader in mobile communications and chat commerce, announced it will unveil new payment capabilities via its Chat Commerce Platform at Money 20/20 Las Vegas, Oct. 24-27. Clickatell helps businesses easily deploy payments in chat channels with low to no execution risk associated with regulatory considerations, payment ecosystem of payer and payees, and consumer adoption on the most popular chat channels. In its report “Add Digital Payments as Part of Communications Platform as a Service Offering,” Gartner® recognized Clickatell as a “Who’s Who in CPaaS Payments and How They Are Going About It” section and stated, “Currently there are a limited number of CPaaS providers that provide the payment capability.” Additionally, Gartner’s report p...
Finding Africa’s Next Generation of Filmmakers: Netflix & UNESCO Launch Groundbreaking Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Finding Africa’s Next Generation of Filmmakers: Netflix & UNESCO Launch Groundbreaking Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Business, Corporate Stories, Economy, Innovation
Netflix (www.Netflix.com) and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa (https://bit.ly/3v7ar9e). Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”. One key aim of this competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. We want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries. The competition, which will be administer...
Orange inaugurates the 5th Orange Digital Center in Africa and the Middle East with the German Development Cooperation and collaborates with Amazon Web Services to support youth employability, innovation and entrepreneurship

Orange inaugurates the 5th Orange Digital Center in Africa and the Middle East with the German Development Cooperation and collaborates with Amazon Web Services to support youth employability, innovation and entrepreneurship

Business, Corporate Stories, Innovation, Technology & Innovation
Two days ago Orange (Orange.com) and the German Development Cooperation are inaugurating an “Orange Digital Center” in Abidjan, an ecosystem entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation, attended by the highest political and administrative authorities from Côte d’Ivoire, the Ambassador of Germany in Côte d'Ivoire, GIZ and members of the board and Orange Group Executive Committee led by its Chairman and CEO Stéphane Richard. Spread over 1200 sq.m for Côte d’Ivoire, the Orange Digital Center brings together the four strategic programs of the Orange group, namely: a coding school Orange Digital Academy, a FabLab Solidaire – part of the Orange Foundation's digital manufacturing spaces–, an Orange Fab start-up accelerator and Orang...
Desert to Power G5 Sahel Financing Facility receives $150 million from Green Climate Fund

Desert to Power G5 Sahel Financing Facility receives $150 million from Green Climate Fund

Business, Economy
The African Development Bank (AfDB.org) has welcomed $150 million investment in its Desert to Power G5 Financing Facility from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The GCF approved the amount at its 30th Board meeting this week. Desert-to-Power is a flagship renewable energy and economic development initiative led by the African Development Bank. Its objective is to light up and power the Sahel region by building an electricity generation capacity of 10 gigawatts through photovoltaic solar systems via public, private, grid and off-grid projects by 2030. GCF’s catalytic financing alongside that of the African Development Bank and the private sector will together mobilise nearly $1 billion for this truly transformative project The objective of the umbrella Desert to Power G5 Financin...
Africa Investment Forum roundtable event showcases agribusiness investment opportunities ahead of 2021 Market Days

Africa Investment Forum roundtable event showcases agribusiness investment opportunities ahead of 2021 Market Days

Agriculture, Business, Economy
The  Africa Investment Forum held a roundtable event to preview two agribusiness deals worth nearly $400 million as part of the lead-in to its upcoming 2021 Market Days. The investment opportunities, drawn from the Africa Investment Forum’s pipeline, will be presented in full during the Market Days, to be held from December 1-3 in Abidjan. The virtual roundtable, organized by the Atlantic Council, took place on Thursday 7 October, 2021. During the roundtable, members of the AIF team presented an outline of the deals to investors.  As a sector, agriculture has been under-supported by investment to date, and the Africa Investment Forum’s vision is to be a catalyst for significant investment The first one, which requires $345 million in capital, entails construction and...
Liquid Intelligent Technologies joins hands with Africa Legal in an ed-tech partnership to drive professional growth in Africa through Liquid Labs

Liquid Intelligent Technologies joins hands with Africa Legal in an ed-tech partnership to drive professional growth in Africa through Liquid Labs

Business, Corporate Stories, Economy, Technology
Liquid Telecom Picture © Gareth Davies 07774899744 Capture Comms Ltd Captruecommsltd@gmail.com Leading pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies (www.Liquid.Tech), through its innovation and partnerships arm Liquid Labs, is launching three online courses on legal technology, targeted at supporting career development amongst students, budding entrepreneurs, and lawyers. This has been possible through a partnership with Africa Legal, an organisation that connects legal professionals across the African continent. Liquid Labs aspires to make relevant tech training programmes accessible to students and professionals to bridge the affordability and digital divide, the main deterrents to increased access. The courses will offer targeted training for lawyers and the busi...
Energy transition-a new path to power in Africa

Energy transition-a new path to power in Africa

Business, Economy, Energy
Africa currently sits on the cusp of a transition into a new energy paradigm, one in which technological and commercial innovations are delivering increasingly decentralised power to the people of the continent in new ways. A recent White Paper released by global management consultancy company Kearney outlines the overarching strategic considerations for African utilities to forge a path to sustainability amidst the backdrop of this global paradigm shift. Entitled A New Energy Path to Viability for African Utilities, the paper unpacks the broader macroeconomic trends that are shaping the transition.  Kearney partner Igor Hulak explains the dual mandate shouldered by energy utilities in Africa, who play an integral role on the continent. “Availability of power is e...
Multinational: African Development Bank approves $86.72 million loan to boost water security and socio-economic development in South Africa and Lesotho

Multinational: African Development Bank approves $86.72 million loan to boost water security and socio-economic development in South Africa and Lesotho

Business, Corporate Stories, Economy, Innovation
The African Development Bank Group’s (AfDB.org) Board of Directors has approved a loan of $86.72 million to co-finance the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The multi-phase project will provide water to the Gauteng region of South Africa and generate hydroelectricity for Lesotho. The project entails harnessing the waters of the Senqu/Orange River in the Lesotho highlands by constructing a series of dams for the mutual benefit of the two countries. The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority, a state-owned entity in South Africa charged with financing and implementing bulk raw water infrastructure projects, will use the funds to construct the Polihali Dam and reservoir, a 38 kilometer-long water transfer tunnel, roads and bridges, telecommunications infrastructure, and to e...
Private Investment in Africa is Exceeding Expectations in 2021, According to New AVCA Report

Private Investment in Africa is Exceeding Expectations in 2021, According to New AVCA Report

Business, Economy
Despite widespread decline felt by most economies across the globe, private equity fundraising in Africa has already managed to reach US$1.3bn for the first half of 2021, when including final and interim closes. Mirroring the gradual stabilisation of Africa’s macroeconomic environment is the African private equity (PE) industry, which continues to prove itself and is once again on a growth trajectory. This is according to the 2021 H1 African Private Equity Data Tracker released by the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA). The report revealed that North Africa and West Africa jointly attracted the largest share of PE deals by volume, at 23% each. Multi-region deals attracted 50% of deal value for the first half of the year. The data tracker provides a provisi...
Citadel Views Estate Introduces Sustainable Housing Innovations in Nigeria

Citadel Views Estate Introduces Sustainable Housing Innovations in Nigeria

Business, Corporate Stories, Innovation
Citadel Views Estate (CVE), a leading sustainable residential housing development company, has introduced sustainable housing innovations in Nigeria through its deployment of technology solutions to elevate the living experience of its residents whilst keeping prices affordable. The United Nations sustainable development goals include Good Health and Well-being, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, and Sustainable Cities and Communities, all of which are interrelated and connected to sustainable housing. Yet all these goals have remained elusive to most Nigerians. The challenges to sustainable housing in Nigeria are numerous and complex. For one, the poverty rate is high, and the population is large. With 40% of over 200 million Nigerians living below the poverty li...