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21 – 05 – 2019

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) notifies the general public that consequent upon its official issuance and public presentation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation on the 25th of January 2019, full implementation of the Regulation commenced from the 25th of April 2019. Find details here.

230 million jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa will require digital skills by 2030, a new report by International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, says. In cooperation with L.E.K. Consulting, the report surveyed eight digital training programs as case studies with a focus on Ghana.  There is an estimated US$130 billion digital training market in Sub-Saharan Africa with Ghana accounting for 3.1% of this market. Digitization and rapidly growing economies are placing huge demands on these skills, the report says, adding that private sector participation and investments can bridge skill gaps through innovative learning models with support from the public sector.

A former Kenyan government official has said that the government plans to sell its citizens’ data to the highest bidder. Dr. Roselyn K. Akombe, Chief of Policy Planning and Guidance at the United Nations and ex-commissioner of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said this following a one-week extension of the data capturing exercise. The Huduma Namba initiative was instituted by the Kenyan government to centralize its citizens’ data amidst concerns about privacy and its necessity given that Kenyans already have unique identity numbers.

TechCabal is pleased to introduce its first paid report, The State of HealthTech in Nigeria. This essential report profiles 75 active and 15 inactive health tech startups across 12 subsectors. It further examines the challenges these startups face, the opportunities in the space and makes actionable recommendations for entrepreneurs, investors, and regulators to consider. Get the report here.

Cisco has announced plans to train 1 million students in Africa by 2025 under its Networking Academy (NetAcad) Program. Since its launch in 1998, over 700,000 students have received digital skills training under the initiative. Cisco says it will be working with the labour market to ensure the training curriculum is aligned with the demands of the job market.

Applications are now open for the Africa Power Access Accelerator (APAA), for businesses working on solar PV, hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal, gas, storage and hybrid solutions, utilising utility, mini-grids, and solar home systems. Click here to apply before June 30.

The WISH Africa Expo is pleased to announce Senior Director Energy at TESLA, Alex Schoch is confirmed to speak on the “Powering Africa” panel. Alongside him will be Charity Wanjiku, COO/Co-Founder, Strauss Energy. Other notable Tech participants are Sahir Berry (AfriOne) and Ismail Ahmed (World Remit). Learn more about the event here.

On May 31 starting at 5:00 PM, Segun Adeyemi, ex-cofounder at AmplifyPay will speak on the topic “Thoughts and Discussions on Exit Strategies for Nigerian Startups” at Hub One’s Epic Hour. Hub One is FCMB’s Yaba-based coworking space and holds knowledge-sharing sessions for sartups and entrepreneurs monthly. Here is a registration link if you’d love to attend. 

Egypt and China have signed an agreement for the joint manufacturing of electric buses during President Al Sisi’s recent visit to China. Under the agreement, 2,000 buses will be manufactured over 4 years with 45% input from the North African country. Sustainable transportation has been in the works in Egypt since 2013. In 2018, it opened its first car charging station in Cairo as part of its drive towards sustainable transportation and concluded a 3-month pilot of the electric buses for public transportation in Alexandria earlier this year. Other phases of the project will see the agreement move towards the manufacturing of other types of electric vehicles.

China has Samsung; the US has Apple and Africa has? Mara. Mara unveiled its smartphone at the VIvaTech Summit in Paris. According to founder, Mara Group, Ashish Thakkar, the phone’s over 1,000 components including the motherboard are made in the company’s headquarters in Rwanda making it the first smartphone to be fully manufactured in the continent. In 2018, Mara launched its range of smartphones in South Africa having set up manufacturing operations in Durban. The Mara X and Mara Z models have so far been exported to 20 countries, the founder says.

Africa’s biggest mobile operator is struggling to protect its users’ digital rights, from QZ.

Carbon (formerly Paylater) is looking for a Country Manager to head their Ghana operations. Think you’re the one? Find out more and apply.

Cape Town-based agritech startup Aerobotics has been named the winner of the President Macron Africa Tech Award after a pitch competition at the VivaTech 2019 Summit. The startup monitors pest diseases in agricultural developments using aerial data and artificial intelligence software. This year’s VivaTech Summit brought together over 100,000 attendees, startups, investors and stakeholders from 125 countries to celebrate innovation, connect and discuss the future.

Applications for the Jack Ma Foundation $1Million Africa Netpreneur Prize has been extended to June 30. Entreneuprenerus from across the continent are encouraged to apply.

Three social enterprise hardware inventors from Africa have emerged regional grand prize winners of the prestigious 2019 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Innovation Showcase (ISHOW). Come October in New York, they’ll meet six other regional winners from Bengaluru, India, and Washington, D.C. and battle it out for a share of US$30,000 in seed grants and technical support to bring their innovation to market. Winners are Kenya’s Savanna Circuit Tech, Ghana’s SAYeTECH and Sesi Technologies Ltd also from Ghana.

From TechCabal

+  Innovating in the Healthcare Space [TC Townhall Panel]

+  Oreoluwa Somolu-Lesi: A Decade and More of Balancing Tech’s Gender Scale

That’s all for today,

See you tomorrow.
– Kay

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