Marketing & Media trends

Laine Barnard
The story of the African consumer

Trying to define the average African consumer is near impossible. Tastes and shopping habits are unique to each country, with differences found between regions and even cities within a country.

By Laine Barnard

Egypt approves France Telecom purchase of Mobinil

CAIRO: Egypt's financial regulator has approved the sale of the Egyptian telecom giant Mobinil to France Telecom's Orange, the official MENA agency has said.

ICT sector drives Egypt economy

Reports have revealed that Egypt's overall economy expanded by 4.7% in the fiscal year through June, driven by the expansion of its ICT sector which grew by 14.6%.

Egypt: Plenty of sun, nobody catching any rays

CAIRO: Egypt receives some of the highest annual solar radiation in the world, yet the desert country remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels.

By Cam McGrath

E-library boost in Egypt

In Egypt, efforts to widen access to scientific material have been boosted by the launch of a US$60,000 digital library. The library, launched in June, boasts locally-produced research, and provides the Egyptian community with discounted journals by leading US scientific societies.

Special SA "event visa" to be launched in Egypt

JOHANNESURG: The special "event visa" which will help process soccer fans faster at the country's airports, is to be launched on 27 April 2009, on national Freedom Day in South Africa.

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Indian hair care company to open third plant in Egypt

Marico India will officially inaugurate Wednesday its third plant in Egypt's Sadat City that will bring Parachute, the company's largest selling hair care brand worth LE 700 million, to the Arab world's most populous market.

eMarketing textbook finds its way to Kenya!

Tourism and online marketing have always been a likely couple. With the 2010 Soccer World Cup happening in South Africa, the need for local tourism agencies and service providers to catch up with eMarketing trends has increased evermore.

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Egypt bans GPS capable mobile phones

As more phones come with built-in GPS capabilities, importing smartphones into Egypt is proving increasingly difficult - thanks to local laws which restrict the use of GPS without a license.

Summit to debate soaring food, oil prices

Africa needs to urgently address the issues of soaring food and oil prices and take appropriate measures as they negatively impact on poor households, said African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping.

By Luyanda Makapela

Attempt to restrict satellite broadcasting, electronic media continues

Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has spoken out against the efforts of the ministerial council of Arab information ministers, held in the headquarters of the Arab League from 20 - 21 June 2008, to further restrict satellite television broadcasting.

Egypt "must give oil cash to poor"

Despite oil wealth, many Egyptians live in poverty. Now religious body issues edict.

Demystifying voice and data communications systems

Alcatel-Lucent is organising a customised workshop for media professionals in Egypt in order to enhance their understanding of the "how and why" of voice and data communications systems, networks and terminology and the impact of these technologies on business decisions and opportunities.

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