Information Services 

Digital technology increase and improve the quality of secondary education in Tanzania

Digital technology will increase access and improve the quality of secondary education in Tanzania This week, the government announced plans to implement a new initiative aimed at improving the quality of secondary education across Tanzania. Speaking at an education stakeholders’ forum in Dar es Salaam, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Dr Leonard Akwilapo, emphasised the government’s commitment to Tanzania’s education system. In particular he stressed the government’s plans to both increase access to and improve the quality of secondary education across the country. Notably, Dr…

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Asia Covid19 

Coronavirus in China: Beijing Seafood Market Shuts Down

Before the new cluster of cases, Beijing had not reported any new locally transmitted cases for eight weeks. China’s wet markets — where vendors sell fresh meat, seafood and produce — have come under scrutiny in recent months, because many of the first reported cases in Wuhan were tied to a seafood market there that has since been permanently closed. Epidemiologists have not arrived at a consensus on whether the market was the source of the virus. Seven of the 53 people who tested positive over the previous three days…

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Africa Covid19 Government Healthcare Information Services Technology 

Why Nigeria must invest in digital technology – El Rufai

If Nigeria is to join the richer countries of the world, she must invest aggressively in technology, improve local production, and cut cost of governance. These were some of the opinions presented by experts during a virtual colloquium tagged Government Unusual: Innovative Economic Solutions to Unlock Mass Prosperity held on Saturday afternoon. While making a presentation at the Rauf Aregbesola colloquium, Governor Nasir El Rufai noted that investment in digital technology must become a priority if Africa hoped to join the league of developed countries. He said, “Investing aggressively in…

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Precursor Ventures Charles Hudson on the conversation no one has during an upmarket

For pre-seed startups, precarious times are baseline until they secure their first customer, first hire and first check. But no matter how built-in turbulence might be for a pre-seed founder, we’re entering a period where stresses are amplified and outlooks are unpredictable. In light of the new market conditions, a harder fundraising market and slower expected growth, Charles Hudson (founder and general partner of Precursor Ventures) is urging his portfolio companies to reassess their futures with a refreshingly human question: “Are you excited and prepared to run this company for…

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Asia Covid19 

Alibaba promises ‘spring thunder’ to support SMEs during the coronavirus crisis

Alibaba group chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang has launched the “2020 Spring Thunder Initiative” to help small and medium businesses ride out the coronavirus pandemic.  “We will … create new supply chains, stimulate new demand, and promote new trade through a series of aggressive measures,” he promised in a letter to staff.  Zhang says Alibaba will work to help export-focused SMEs expand into new markets through AliExpress, Lazada and Tmall World, offering some companies resource support, fee reductions and fast-track processing to help them transform and develop their business in…

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