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OA News: March 30, 2010

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  1. The strategies for connecting African countries are what we already know: market competition, local content, and ICT skills:
    Africa Connected: “Why wouldn’t the next Bill Gates come from Africa?” {Cisco Emerging Countries Blog}
  2. I’m pretty sure every year will be a defining year for Africa’s ICT. Progress is wonderful:
    Cable, backhaul, broadband will make 2010 defining year for Africa {Developing Telecoms}
  3. An excellent article by Rebecca Wanjiku. Zimbabwe will be a nation to watch for the next two years as the market meets consumer demand. The mobile industry and “last-mile” connections should see private investment, assuming the government works on permit issues:
    Zimbabwe ICT sector shows signs of recovery {InfoWorld}
  4. Neither country has organizations to regulate and coordinate ICT professionals:
    Zambia, Tanzania missing out on benefits of ICT {ComputerWorld}
  5. UNECA (the UN Economic Commission for Africa) recent met in Malawi to discuss the regulation of finances flowing through Africa. Currently, it is estimated that 60 to 65 percent of the financial flows from Africa are taking place through fraudulent channels, including tax evasion, mispricing trade and criminal activities such as money laundry:
    Illicit financial flows “ruining African development” {afrol News}
  6. A column examining the benefits of PayPal and uncapped broadband in South Africa:
    The ADSL tipping point {MoneyWeb}
  7. The Kenyan Pharmacy and Poisons Board is using the social network to fight counterfeiting and public harm:
    Facebook to Track Rogue Pharmacists {Daily Nation via allAfrica}