US President Obama announced a $10m plan to train a task force against wildlife trafficking in Southern Africa
Ghana gets first commercial 4G
Alcatel-Lucent and Surfline Communications Ltd are making the first commercial deployment of a 4G LTE network in Ghana and in Western and Central Africa. The 4G LTE network will provide Surfline customers access to social networking sites, internet browsing, e-mail, online gaming, streamed videos and video calling with dramatically increased performance.
First three-country money transfer
Orange is launching a quick and easy international money transfer service via mobile phone, Orange Money International Transfer, between Mali, Senegal and CÔte d'Ivoire. Available already in 13 countries in Africa and the Middle East, Orange Money has more than 7m customers.
Malawi improves on cash
Malawi is joining the Better Than Cash Alliance to transition government cash payments to electronic payments, initially social welfare and salary payments. It will begin by reaching 21,000 people with payments of $3m. The Alliance was founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, USAID, UN Capital Development Fund and Visa Inc.
IFC to train in 23 countries?
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), has introduced the Enterprise Governance Training Modules for small and medium Enterprises (SMEs) in 23 African countries. The training will help entrepreneurs gain the skills to succeed in building sustainable businesses. Some modules were piloted in Nigeria with Diamond Bank.
AfDB approves $80m agri loan
The African Development Bank (AfDB) will loan $80m in local currencies for Olam's Africa Investment Programme (OAIP) for processing wheat and palm oil in Africa, including sub-projects in Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique and Senegal. (See also Special Report: Agribusiness)
Syngenta buys into Zambian seed
Syngenta will acquire MRI Seed Zambia Ltd and MRI Agro Ltd MRI, a developer, producer and distributor of white corn seed. MRI's corn germplasm is among Africa's most comprehensive and diverse, incorporating temperate, tropical and sub-tropical material. It will expand in high-growth East African markets and may be leveraged globally through Syngenta's elite breeding programmes.