The consumer-facing sector has been pivotal to Africa's growth story, with McKinsey & Company estimating it accounted for almost 50% of GDP expansion between 2010 and 2014. Here are some of the latest FMCG trends...
Organisers of the recent Nairobi International Trade Fair have recorded a 60% increase in revenue following the adoption of a crowd management and ticketing technology. The Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK), organisers of the trade fair were able to stop ticket losses after they adopted a system that uses 2D bar coding system.
Media owners and managers in Uganda have been asked to popularise the national anthem on a daily basis, as part of preparations to mark Uganda's golden jubilee independence anniversary on Tuesday, 9 October 2012.
The Global Telecoms Business magazine has released the 5th annual GTB Power 100 listing, that names the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry. Chris Wood, CEO of Nairobi-based WIOCC has been ranked at number 79.
Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom has announced the completion of the switch off exercise for mobile handset owners with fake phones. A statement from the company says it had completed blocking of all counterfeit mobile phone handsets on its network.
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has revised earlier standards set for the importation of DVB-T2 set-top boxes to be imported in the country as Uganda prepares to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting, paving way for free to air channels and other external.
Come 23 October 2012, on the eve of the upcoming AITEC East Africa ICT Summit scheduled for the 24-25 October at Oshwal centre, Kenya, leaders from the East Africa information and communication technology sector will gather for a celebration dinner and toast to 25 years of AITEC Africa's impact on the region's ICT industry.
African heads of state, ministers, private sector representatives, the international community and farmers recently gathered at the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Arusha, Tanzania to identify concrete actions for transforming Africa's agricultural sector.
This year saw the introduction of a new category at The Loerie Awards - for the Rest of Africa and the Middle East, sponsored by the Mail & Guardian. The category gave non-South African work a chance to shine and the audience saw two Gold Loeries awarded, as well as three Silver statues and seven Bronzes.
Reaffirming its commitment to the filmmaking industry, Canon Middle East, recently announced its support for young, aspiring filmmakers in Africa by backing the 'Youth Film Makers' organisation, an NGO registered in Kenya.
Three years ago I decided to bring a major tech conference to Africa - Tech4Africa. The incredible personal journey that I have been on since the conference's inception has tested my resolve to the limits as there have been many obstacles to overcome and it would have been so easy to have compromised my ideals or given up altogether.
The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), an innovative model to accelerate locally owned, locally developed solutions to climate change, will launched in Nairobi tomorrow, Wednesday, 26 September 2012. Members of the media re invited to the opening ceremony and launch.
Kenya is reportedly Africa's third largest beer market and a growing market for brewers. The East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL) has unveiled a new identity for its Pilsner Lager drink with a clear strategy to target the young adults market that forms a bulk of Kenya's growing middle class.
Local people and reporters in Zanzibar have always shared their experiences of how difficult it has been in getting information they need. They insist that several leaders at village to national level remain reluctant to release information, even when it is important to the public.
SEACOM, the pan-African ICT enabler, has plans to expand its European connectivity to Amsterdam and will be the latest partner to join the AMS-IX reselling program. This opportunity makes the connectivity to the AMS-IX platform more easily available for internet companies in Africa.
The mobile operator's Ugandan subsidiary appears to have been taken for a ride by one of its suppliers after allegedly receiving falsified invoices worth millions of dollars for equipment it never received.
Print, broadcast and online media editors have an opportunity to improve their understanding of critical issues in Uganda's oil and gas industry following the announcement of a new programme by the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME).
South African Tourism (SAT) plans to open a regional office in Nairobi during the 2013-2014 financial year, South African Tourism director for Domestic, Africa and Middle East, Phumi Ndlomo has disclosed.
Kenyans are counting days before the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) switches off counterfeit phones at the end of September. According to the CCK, close to three million mobile phones in the Kenyan market are counterfeit - 10% of all the active mobile devices in the country.