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Africa Data Centers a pan-African technology group, has officially broken ground on an additional data center facility in Nairobi. The new building will see the existing facility on the adjacent piece of land expanded up to an extra 15MW of IT load. ADC’s expansion at the new site will be completed in the first half of 2024 and will bring five times more capacity than is currently installed. “We believe that data centers will play a significant role in digital transformation and economic growth on our continent. Without them, the push towards a digital economy in Africa will be missing…

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The bench well known for organizing ‘AviaDev’ the premier platform dedicated to growing connectivity to, from, and within the African continent alongside a portfolio of world-class hotel investment conferences has announced the creation of AviaDev Real Estate. AviaDev Real Estate is a new forum connecting African airports with real estate investors, developers and professional advisors. The forum will be supported by NACO, (Netherlands Airport Consultants), a world leading airport consultancy and engineering firm with a rich history of supporting African airport development. Most African airports are heavily dependent on aeronautical and passenger related revenues. However, many could enhance their resilience…

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Kenyan fintech company Kwara has fully acquired IRNET Coop Kenya Ltd, a software company which is a subsidiary of the Kenya Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (KUSCCO LTD). With this acquisition, Kwara has also entered an exclusive digital solutions partnership agreement with KUSCCO LTD whereby Kwara will offer its world-class banking software solutions and mobile banking channels to rapidly increase the growth and profitability of SACCOs in Kenya. Since its launch in 2019, over 120 SACCOs have embraced the stable and secure Kwara Core Banking software as well as full digital banking channels, including mobile, USSD, agency banking, ATM…

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Bolt has appointed Takura Malaba as the Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa. “Bolt is delighted to have Takura take on the role of Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa. Since joining the business in 2021, he has done an excellent job in leading the South African market. He has steered the business and defended it against stiff competition, driven strong growth despite a difficult macro economic environment and effectively managed costs. He has also been instrumental in making significant progress in improving the safety and quality of our platform in the country. I am confident he will continue to…

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Google is set to introduce a 16% Value Added Tax (VAT) on some of its goods and services sold in Kenya from February 1, 2023. This is following the introduction of a new levy by the Kenyan government through the Digital Marketplace Supply (Amendment) Regulation, 2022. Other international tech companies including Spotify and Netflix have also indicated that they will include the levy in their products and services beginning next month. The levy will automatically raise the cost of these products and services, as the companies seek to collect revenue on behalf of the Kenyan government. To help comply with…

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Yellow Card Financial has announced that their revolutionary new payment feature Yellow Pay, is officially available across Africa. With Yellow Pay, customers can send and receive money through the Yellow Card crypto exchange platform, without any extra charges, instantly with just a few taps on their phone. The new product uses Yellow Card’s crypto exchange platform to complete customer transactions in USDT. It is important to note that Yellow Pay is not a money remittance or foreign currency exchange service. Rather, Yellow Pay is an advanced crypto exchange product. “This is more than just a money transfer service – it’s…

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MSC Group has confirmed that its wholly owned subsidiary SAS Shipping Agencies Services has completed the acquisition of Bolloré Africa Logistics following the approval by all applicable regulatory authorities. MSC’s acquisition of Bolloré Africa Logistics SAS and its affiliates, Bolloré Africa Logistics Group,  highlights the long-term commitment of MSC to invest in African supply chains and infrastructure, supporting the needs of clients of both businesses. MSC Group will now operate Bolloré Africa Logistics Group as an autonomous entity with its portfolio of diversified partners, under a new brand to be unveiled in 2023. Philippe Labonne will continue his longstanding role…

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant to Poa Internet Kenya Ltd for a feasibility study to help expand affordable internet connectivity across the country. USTDA and Poa Internet signed the grant agreement that will see one million households in low-income urban areas outside of Kenya connected with affordable internet. “Poa Internet’s use of fixed wireless technology is particularly well suited to urban areas. It is also a segment in which U.S. companies are particularly competitive,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “Our partnership will help increase access to affordable internet and contribute to the vibrant economy…

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Improving your credit score can take time, but it’s worth the effort. Here are some steps you can take to improve your credit score: Pay your bills on time: Payment history is the most important factor in your credit score. Late or missed payments can have a negative impact on your credit score. Reduce your credit card balances: Credit utilization, or the amount of credit you are using compared to your credit limits, can also impact your credit score. Keeping your balances low can help improve your credit score. Don’t apply for too much new credit at once: Every time…

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Nexgen Packaging, provider of trim and packaging solutions for retail & brands has announced the construction of their African headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Located in the Export Processing Zone in Athi River, the investment is committed to bring a comprehensive set of capabilities and product offerings to the African market with significant focus on sustainable solutions. Kenya will serve as Nexgen’s primary production location for Africa and will add to the capabilities and capacities of its operations in Ethiopia, Egypt, and West Africa. In partnership with Contech Container Technology Ltd, Nexgen is establishing a sustainable footprint in Kenya by using “upcycled” shipping…

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Daystar Power, a West African provider of hybrid solar power solutions has announced the completion of its acquisition by Shell following the approval of regulatory authorities. The acquisition will allow Daystar to grow its operations in the region, while expanding across the African continent “We are thrilled about the completion of this major milestone,” said Jasper Graf von Hardenberg, CEO and Co-founder of Daystar Power. “Given the urgency of the energy crisis and the pressure on businesses across Africa, we are deeply committed to our mission to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. As part of Shell, we can grow…

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Senegalese-based startup ‘Kwely’ has launched a B2B e-marketplace to provide African producers and manufacturers with a global window to sell their products at scale. The Kwely B2B e-marketplace will allow international buyers to source high-quality, unique, and locally-made products from across the continent. Products ranging from food, wellbeing, hair and skin care, the platform offers products which have been produced, tested and packaged following international standards such as the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) packaging requirements. Kwely seeks to redefine the positioning and image of made-in-Africa products, increase their competitiveness on international markets and make global buyers and consumers…

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