IGAD to build support for Implementation of Regional Infrastructure

  The African Union High Representative for Infrastructure Development Rt. Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga today opened a 3-day Development Partners Roundtable on IGAD Regional Infrastructure with a rallying call on governments in the Horn of Africa Region to reverse the slow pace of action on infrastructure – the most important enabler of trade among African nations. Themed Interconnecting Member States for Regional Integration and Trade Competitiveness, the roundtable aims to secure support for regional Infrastructure to promote economic development and integration as it offers unrivalled opportunity for the development partners to exchange views and…

Smartphone Global Shipment Report Places realme Among Top 5 In 15 Regions

World-fastest growing smartphone maker, realme is among the Top 5 brands in 15 regions according to Q4 2020 Canalys global smartphone shipment report. The brand that has been making inroads in the Kenyan market by launching 6 phones as well as AIot products last year in just 4 months, has also been making global news becoming the first in the world to ship over 50 million units with Kenya being one of the major markets. According to the shipment report, realme ranked fourth and holds its position as the fastest-growing…

Sanavita Giving biofortified foods a boost in Tanzania

Women are the backbone of African agriculture and have been unequally affected by the impacts of the COVID pandemic. And yet, despite the acknowledged inequalities, women continue to be under-represented in decision-making at community through to policy level. This year, International Women’s Day is celebrating women leadership and how women can provide role models for each other. Interventions like mentorship provided as part of agripreneur competitions remain pivotal in empowering women into leadership positions and, in turn, inspiring a new generation of women leaders in agriculture. Jolenta Joseph, a Tanzania…

Global Music Streaming Service Spotify Enters the Kenyan Market

Spotify, the world’s most popular global audio streaming subscription service, is available in Kenya, offering brands a new opportunity to reach millions of engaged listeners through its innovative and creative ad-supported free tier. Ad Dynamo will serve as Spotify’s local advertising sales partner. Advertisers can also sign up for the waitlist for the platform’s self-serve channel, Spotify Ad Studio, beginning today. Available for free to all in Kenya since February 23, Spotify offers the best listening experience for local and international music of over 70 million tracks across thousands of…

ACCA calls for a more inclusive approach to economic recovery

A new methodology is needed by governments says global body for professional accountants To mark International Women’s Day, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is urging more governments to adopt the use of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) to ensure that women and men benefit equally from the economic recovery out of Covid- 19, and to guarantee a stop to inequality. According to the UN’s global COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker, while 164 countries have GRB in some form, just 25 – such as India, New Zealand and Trinidad and Tobago – have…

Covid-19 brings out the resilience of Kenya’s flower industry

By Baiju Kantaria, Director at Elgon Kenya Last year at the height of COVID-19 the Kenya flower industry was grappling with a cocktail of threats that had taken a toll on production including tough weather conditions, pests attacks and limited cargo space occasioned by the impacts of the pandemic that saw a skyrocketing of cargo space costs. The heartbreaking images of flower farm workers harvesting flowers and dumping them as lockdowns and cancellation of flights took effect are poignant reminders of the fragility of the sector to global shocks that…

Samsung Named Top Global TV Manufacturer

Samsung has topped the global TV market for the 15th consecutive year, according to global market research firm, Omdia. Newly released data published on February 23 2021 notes that Samsung recorded 31.8% in global TV market share by revenue in Q4 2020 and retained the largest annual category market share by revenue in 2020, at 31.9%. Locally the electronics manufacturer also noted an increase in the purchase of TV’s especially at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 with more Kenyans choosing to upgrade their TV sets from normal digital…

How NASA Technology Can Help Save The World’s Largest Shark

Credits CNN In a report for Call to Earth, CNN hears how thousands of people around the world are lending a hand to help save the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. Co-founded by Australian marine biologist Brad Norman, The Wildbook for Whale Sharks is an online photo-identification library that uses NASA technology to identify individual sharks by the patterns on their skin. Thousands of ‘citizen scientists’ around the world submit photos that provide critical information about the endangered species’ population hotspots and migration routes. Today, the database holds…

realme targeting to increase their market share in Kenya

After making its debut in the Kenyan smartphone market in 2020 with a record release of more than six gadgets in the market, realme now has eyes focused on bigger goals with a target to increase their sales by at least 30 percent in 2021. This year, the smartphone brand will focus on continuously enriching its products and provide suitable young and trend-setting products to users in Kenya. It shall capitalize on the synchronization of our brand, terminal, and sales in order to achieve the said target According to realme,…

How data and technology are Transforming Transport Infrastructure in Africa.

Credits CNN. CNN International’s Eleni Giokos explores explores how data and technology are transforming transport infrastructure across the continent. First up, Giokos visits the Kenya Standard Gauge Railway (S-G-R) to see how it is benefitting the import and export industry. Since it was launched in 2017, the S-G-R has moved more than four million tons of cargo along a vital transportation corridor connecting Naivasha and Nairobi with the Port of Mombasa. Abhishek Sharma, Senior Director of Transport at TradeMark East Africa, tells Giokos how the railway has impacted trade at…