Huawei looks to Africa to cut network deals

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Undaunted by the economic slowdown at home in China, Huawei plans to build out more national broadband networks and put more smartphones in people’s hands across the region.

“I’m very positive about our current business growth and future prospects in Africa,” Jimin Pang, vice president of global government affairs at Huawei, tells This is Africa on the sidelines of  a conference in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

This is not a new approach but rather an affirmation of a strategy that has allowed the company to expand rapidly in the region. “Of the several dozen available commercial 4G networks in Africa, more than 70 percent are built by Huawei,” Mr Pang says.

Huawei employs about 10,000 people across its Africa operations,  with an emphasis on local hires. It has also established several training centres in South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia and Angola among others, focused on technology development.

The company’s influence on connectivity in Africa is already substantial. The region now has the fastest growing rate of mobile subscriptions in the world.

According to a German academic study profiling Huawei’s global reach, “Africa’s mobile technology progression would not [be] as far as it is now without Huawei and its cheaper products”.


10 Countries With Worst Access To Safe Water: 8 Are In Africa

The world’s poorest people spend the most on water, and some of the countries with the worst access to safe water are in Africa, according to a report by U.K.-based international charity, WaterAid.
WaterAid was set up in 1981 as a response to a U.N. initiative. Its report on the state of the world’s water — “Water: At what cost?” — shows that some people in developed countries pay as little as 0.1 percent of a minimum-wage salary on water.water
By comparison, someone in Madagascar who relies on a private company’s tanker truck for water could spend as much as 45 percent of daily income on water. In Mozambique, families relying on black-market vendors sometimes spend up to 100 times more on water that people using government-subsidized water.
Worldwide, some 650 million people in the world still do not have access to clean water, according to WaterAid. Government subsidized water sources often are reserved for wealthier communities, leaving the poorest to spend disproportionately.
Almost half of those who lack access to safe water — 300 million plus — are in Africa, NewYorkYimes reported in 2012.


10 Things That Surprise Foreigners About Ghana

g27_1_mobile_change-620x350As one of the largest countries in west Africa, Ghana gets its fair share of tourists and business travelers. But despite its growing popularity as a travel destination, there are still a fair few who’ve never visited, and may not be aware of its distinct customs and culture. If you’re planning your first trip to Ghana, don’t be caught off guard! Here are some things to be aware of that will help smooth your visit.


11 Young Leaders Prepared to Push Africa’s Development Agenda

In the next 5 years, Young Global Leaders hand-picked by World Economic Forum will collectively utilize their skills to bring positive impact across sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.wef1458793300036_aspR_2.317_w1008_h435_e400
In the next five years, 11 selected young leaders will lead Africa’s development objectives to the next level through brilliant scientific innovations, enterprising businesses, investment in technologies as well as activism to ensure Africans enjoy their rights.

Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selects the most innovative, socially minded, and exceptional leaders under the age of 40.

In their class of 2016, WEF has unveiled a team of 121 Young Global Leaders (YGL) who according to the organization “give hope that they are ready to tackle the world’s most complex and pressing challenges.” From the total, 11 of these leaders, hail from the Sub-Saharan Africa.

They form part of a community and a five-year leadership journey that will see them break down barriers in various sectors using “their collective skills to get things done for positive impact across private, public and civil society organizations.”

Collectively, the class of 2016 gives optimism that the next generation of influential leaders are here and prepared to confront a world prevalent with complex, inter-dependent global challenges.


Zimbabwe: Govt Cracks Down On Foreign Firms Over Local Ownership

Zimbabwe has given foreign firms just over a week to cede majority stakes to locals or face closure. Critics say the move will discourage foreign investment in an economy which is struggling.00311664-8014de9d676075d2b288e292ee76dad5-arc614x376-w285-us1

Zimbabwe has said it will cancel licenses of foreign firms which have not complied with legislation forcing them to hand over majority stakes to local shareholders.

The government adopted thet legislation in 2008 to compel foreign firms to cede at least 51 percent to promote black ownership and correct imbalances from the colonial era. However, this law is often not adhered to.

This latest move to implement the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act was announced on Wednesday (23.03.2016) by Empowerment Minister Patrick Zhuwao.

Some companies have “continued to disregard” the law prompting the government’s order to close non-compliant firms, Zhuwao said.

“It’s either you comply or you close your shop,” he added.

Foreign companies in Zimbabwe include mining operations, such as platinum producers Anglo-American Platinum and Impala Platinum and banking groups Standard Chartered and Barclays.

The two platinum producers have previously submitted empowerment plans to be considered by President Robert Mugabe’s government.

Zhuwao said he did not have details of which companies had complied with the law and would therefore not be banned.