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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.

10 Business Opportunities in Africa That Will Create More Millionaires in 2015Africa Business Jump Start 1. Media and Entertainment Africa’s film industry has become a global and cultural phenomenon that enjoys a huge following within and outside the continent. 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. ‘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.

African Entrepreneur Collective African economies are some of the fastest growing in the world, but that growth threatens to leave behind a generation of youth. With 200 million people aged 15 to 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world. And yet, 60% of all unemployed in Africa are youth, and that doesn’t count young people who are underemployed with low pay and few advancement opportunities. Rwanda exemplifies both the challenge and the opportunity facing youth.

Africa Map of Africa Africa's population is the youngest among all the continents; 50% of Africans are 19 years old or younger.[5] 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.[6] Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones.[7] Etymology

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.

20 Important African Startups to Watch Kenya's huge success with mobile money and the M-Pesa platform has launched Africa into the startup spotlight. But African innovation goes way beyond mobile money. Whether it’s ecommerce in Nigera, price comparison in South Africa or mobile advertising in Tanzania, African startups are not only changing their continent, but the world. 1. Saya - Ghana Chat messaging clients are hugely popular across Africa.

Africa Encompassing 54 countries and more than 2,000 languages within its five regions, Africa is the second-largest continent in the world, following Asia, in both land mass and population. Travel to Africa is typically done by one of two methods: air and sea. While journeying through the various countries of Africa, travelers can visit a wealth of popular destinations and attractions, including fascinating cities, national parks, and well-known natural attractions. Trips to Africa offer some of the most adventurous and exciting vacations in the world, and this is one continent that visitors will want to tour from top to bottom.

Govt’s online services go live 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.

SnooCode: A solution to the lack of formal addresses in Ghana and beyond Sesinam Dagadu has a simple, yet effective, solution for the lack of formal addresses in Ghana. SnooCode is a mobile app that uses a computer algorithm to generate a unique code – for any location – which then serves as an address. Ghanaian Sesinam Dagadu (29) is what some might call an accidental entrepreneur – meaning the business created the entrepreneur, not the other way around.