Ghanaian garage start-up targets world's well-shod - Yahoo7 Finance Australia When Michael Agyeman-Boaten needed some shoes to match one of his custom-made suits, he turned not to a fancy Italian shoemaker but to a group of craftsmen working out of a garage in Accra. Ghana is west Africa's second-largest economy and is known more for its export of raw materials than for craftsmanship of luxury items But Heel the World, a small leather-working company based in a quiet neighbourhood of the sprawling capital is trying to change that. "We're competing with Louis Vuitton and Hermes from our garage," says the company's chief executive, Fred Deegbe. "We're making shoes that can go global. - Economic downturn - Ghana's economy has seen rapid growth in recent years thanks to exports of gold, cocoa and, since 2010, oil. But like many of Africa's emerging economies, it produces little of the goods it consumes. High demand for imports has sent the local currency plunging. But Deegbe thinks Ghana is capable of making more than just its own food. - Branson and the A-Team -
ALN Ventures | A pan-African startup accelerator Africa Map of Africa Africa's population is the youngest among all the continents; 50% of Africans are 19 years old or younger. Algeria is Africa's largest country by area, and Nigeria is the largest by population. Africa, particularly central Eastern Africa, is widely accepted as the place of origin of humans and the Hominidae clade (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago, including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens (modern human) found in Ethiopia being dated to circa 200,000 years ago. Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones. Etymology Other etymological hypotheses have been postulated for the ancient name "Africa": History Prehistory
Accueil - AfriqueITNews.com AfriqueITNews.com FINANCE - Agence Ecofin Africa Travel Information and Travel Guide How do you capture the essence of Africa on paper without using up every cliché in the book? No other continent comes close to it for scale, variety and pure, raw impact. Africa offers a travel experience a thousand kilometres from the well-backpacked, air-conditioned tourist trails of Southeast Asia or the cash-cow theme parks of Australia or Europe. Africa’s natural history alone would make a dozen visits worthwhile – where else on earth can you fall asleep to the sound of lions roaring, or watch a million flamingos take off from the waters of a remote soda lake? Debate with venerable merchants among the cool, narrow streets of an Arabic medina, dance to the thumping reggae beats coming from a West African market stall, or shoot the breeze with fishermen under Indian Ocean palm trees, and you’ll be struck more than anything else by the honesty, warm-heartedness and vitality of the African people. Africa’s not always an easy place to travel in. Ready to go? Read more
‘Ananse identification platform’ launched In Accra Oct 2014 Ananse is a world class information technology system that uses the latest advances in biometric technology, electronic maps, GPS and satellite navigation to produce an integrated identification, addressing and location database to meet business and public needs. Some of the benefits of the Ananse device and services included low capital and operational cost; electronic record keeping with real- time search, secure data storage and document management as well as reliable access to data and annual publication. In an address at the launch, yesterday, the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Akwesi Oppong Fosu, said one of the most important lessons of the past two decades had been the pivotal role of technological innovation in the global competitiveness of firms and a country’s economic development. According to Mr Fosu, the competitiveness of a country depended on its capacity to adapt and exploit technology as a source for innovation.
Les nouvelles technogies en Afrique - Le portail de l'actualité des nouvelles technologies sur le continent Africain Ghana News - PayZone nominated for Africa epayment Award A Ghanaian IT technology company, Innovative EPS Ltd, has been nominated for a coveted honour in the South African City of Sandton, two years after emerging on the business scene with its much hailed PayZone e-payment machines. A nomination letter dated January 22, 2014 and signed by a senior official of the Card & ePayment Africa Awards secretariat, Agbokhan Ann addressed to the Chief Executive of Innovative EPS Ltd said the company’s nomination follows a public voting which was subsequently verified by a panel of judges. A statement issued in Accra by Innovative EPS Ltd said the company will compete with three other business entities: First Bank Nigeria, Barclays Bank Ghana and Dreamoval Ghana Ltd for the prestigious award in the category of Best Technology Initiative of the Year. The awards ceremony, in its second year running, will be held on 18th March, 2014 at the Michael Angelo Hotel at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, South Africa. The Company’s Chief Operations Officer (COO),Mr.
African Scholarships | Volunteer in Africa | Jobs in Africa Govt’s online services go live | Business News 2014-12-18 Business News of Thursday, 18 December 2014 Source: Graphic Online The Government Online Services Project “e-Services and e-Payment” portals has officially gone live with effect from yesterday. The project forms part of the e-Government initiatives under the e-Ghana project and it’s being implemented by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) to support operations of government services online. Under the project, a portal infrastructure has been deployed to provide a platform for online submission of application of services through the use of e-Forms, an e-Payment interface for payment of the services, postal and delivery services and application security for various government agencies. A Deputy Minister of Communications, Mr Ato Sarpong, who launched the portals at a ceremony yesterday, enumerated a number of benefits to the project to include the time savings in transacting business in the country. Payments types on board Project specifics