Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 60 - Page 24

LATEST REGIONAL PROJECT UPDATE

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NIGERIA
The Tony Elumelu Foundation ( TEF ), a leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries , has opened applications for the 2022 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme on www . TEFConnect . com . African entrepreneurs with business ideas or existing businesses under 5 years , are encouraged to apply now for US $ 5000 seed capital , mentorship , business management training and more on the 2022 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme .

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KENYA
International cash payments platform Pipit Global and pan- African payments company Cellulant have extended their partnership agreement to now include 18 countries in sub- Saharan Africa . The partnership will see the companies providing both B2B and B2C payments services to existing and emergent financial institutions , e-commerce merchants , billers and billing platforms , mobile money providers and eWallets , digital financial service providers and their customers .
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IVORY COAST
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a US $ 1.5 million grant to assess policy gaps in the digital trade and e-commerce ecosystems in 10 countries in Africa . The funds , sourced from the African Development Fund , the bank ’ s concessional window , will go to the Smart Africa Alliance , an alliance of 32 African countries , international organisations and global corporations with a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030 .

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SOUTH AFRICA
Africa No Filter , a narrative change organisation and Meta have announced a partnership to launch “ Future Africa : Telling Stories , Building Worlds ” programme , aimed at boosting the use of Virtual Reality in Africa ’ s storytelling . Supporting Extended Reality storytellers to develop new and compelling content about Africa , the scheme will provide grants and mentorship . “ Future Africa : Telling Stories , Building Worlds ” forms part of Meta ’ s focus on immersive technologies and Africa No Filter ’ s investments in innovative storytelling that shifts negative stereotypes about Africa .

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BOTSWANA
The Sidilega Private Hospital has a vision – to create a worldclass , fully digitized radiology department that will empower more radiologists to grow their skill set while enabling Botswana to become a leading centre of excellence in Southern Africa . This comes after Sidilega became the first hospital in Africa to purchase the GE OEC One CFD 31cm with vascular capability – the latest in GE ’ s compact C-arm technology .
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