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Those trips have coincided with efforts undertaken by the tech giants to help bolster the continent’s internet infrastructure, contributing to buzz that Africa and its more than 1 billion people may prove to be the industry’s next big growth market.
In a new interview, Kenyan tech entrepreneur Mubarak Muyika tells Yahoo Finance that aspiring business leaders on the continent understand the immense role that big tech companies will play in its economic development, saying that the acceleration of Africa’s digital commerce amid COVID-19 owes to steps taken by tech giants in the U.S.
“What's really driving growth in Africa isn't really COVID-19,” says Muyika, 26, the founder of an enterprise software company called Zagace. “It’s about big tech politics in the Bay Area.”
“The technical system in Africa isn't controlled in Africa,” he adds. “If you want to expand a business in Africa, it doesn't make sense to really invest in Africa, you invest in the Bay Area.”
“That’s where there’s the talent,” he says. “That's where there's big tech.”
In May, Facebook launched a project to build a massive 37,000-kilometer long undersea cable around Africa to bring internet access to more of its residents. The year before, Google (GOOG, GOOGL) made waves when it opened an artificial intelligence lab in Ghana, the first for the company on the continent.
Highlighting the industry’s potential on the continent, Google published a blog post in November entitled, “Understanding Africa’s $180 billion internet economy future.” Growth of the tech sector in Africa will include an influx of new consumers, predicts data firm Digital TV Research, which said in a report in October that the number of streaming subscribers on the continent will increase five-fold to nearly 13 million by 2025.
‘We have to be like the big five’
Muyika, who was raised in the suburbs of Nairobi but now spends most of his time in Silicon Valley, said his company counts nearly 2 million paying customers — 70% of them in Africa — for its suite of app-based enterprise products for small businesses.
He said he looks to the growth and scale of U.S. tech giants as a model.
“To become a big tech company in Africa, we have to be like the big five in the Bay Area,” he says.
Muyika, who grew up in the suburbs of Nairobi, spoke to Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer in an episode of “Influencers with Andy Serwer,” a weekly interview series with leaders in business, politics, and entertainment.
Speaking with Yahoo Finance, Muyika said the tech giants not only promise potential growth for the region, but that Africa also provides an opportunity for those companies, which will gain a large swath of new customers and a friendly regulatory environment.
“We are at the point where the next billion customers for big tech...are going to come from Africa,” he says. “We're talking about a population that's going to be joining the internet.” [Yahoo.com]
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Contract type: National employment contract
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in 38 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors works with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. For more information, please refer to our website: www.snvworld.org.
The Chambeshi Lukanga Sanitation & Hygiene Project
SNV Zambia is implementing the multi-country, Dutch funded Chambeshi-Lukanga Sanitation & Hygiene project in partnership with Chambeshi and Lukanga Water and Sanitation Companies as well as the respective Local Authorities of Kabwe, Kasama, Mbala, Nakonde and Mpulungu. The 5 years project (2017-2022) aims to sustainably improve access to and use of sanitation services and improve hygiene behaviours for 200,000 and 260,000 people respectively in peri-urban/urban areas. It is built on three core strategic objectives, namely (1) increasing demand for improved WASH facilities and practices, (2) improving the quality of service provision and by (3) improving governance of the sector.
Project Assistant Position Summary
The Project Assistant (PA) will work in a cross-cutting support role for the Chambeshi Lukanga Sanitation & Hygiene Project under the coordination of the Project Manager. The role entails administrative management support responsibilities with contribution expected also on communication & visibility. Specific scope of work within the project is the following:
Support Project Administration in full compliance with SNV’s administrative and financial guidelines, including:
Supporting in procurement of goods and services,
Budgeting for activities and organization of respective retirements,
Logistic and Travel arrangements,
Documentation of payment requests
Provide general support to project activities and its documentation, including:
Preparing meetings agendas, attendance lists, attendant’s signatures
Activities & meeting reports, including recording and photo taking when relevant
Project documentation – hard and soft copies
Oversee consistency and coherence with SNV, donor and partner visibility guidelines for all activities and products of the project
Assist the technical advisors work as requested
The Project Assistant (PA) key responsibilities are the following:
Guarantee full alignment of financial and administrative operations within the Chambeshi Lukanga Sanitation & Hygiene Project with SNV’s financial and administrative guidelines
Lead administrative and financial related communication between the Lusaka office and the project locations
Ensure project documentation in line with SNV’s Project Management reporting and accountability requirements
Provide timely and high quality response to logistical and general support requests from the technical team
Guarantee quality and compliance with visibility guidelines, including in the office space, in the documents published and in the public events/activities delivered
Provide logistical support for project activities
a) University degree
b) Minimum 2 (two) years of relevant professional experiences, preferably in an International NGO
c) Knowledge in finance and administration procedures
d) Experience in organizing events/activities/training, including logistics and procurements
e) Very organized, results-driven, structured work style skills
f) Ability to communicate with a different range of stakeholders and partners, including government counterparts and international partners and donors
g) Ability to document activities (both in writing and visually) in an organized, straightforward way
h) Knowledge in Sanitation issues is a plus
Good computer skills (Ms. Word, Ms. Excel, Ms. Power Point, Internet and Outlook)[SNV JOBS]
Interested candidates should apply by sending Cover letter and CV not later than 19th January 2021.
We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Any form of solicitation by phone or other means will be treated as disqualification of the candidate. SNV is an equal employment provider.
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Fellow Citizens,— Edgar Chagwa Lungu (@EdgarCLungu) January 10, 2021
I have terminated the appointment of Hon. Dr Chitalu Chilufya as Minister of Health with immediate effect.
To this effect, I have transferred Hon Dr. Jonas Kamima Chanda, MP Bwana Mkubwa, to the Ministry of Health. pic.twitter.com/RCYW0lFzZV