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Chinese tycoon Jack Ma set for two-day Kenya visit next week

Chinese tycoon Jack Ma set for two-day Kenya visit next week

Business
The founder and executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, Jack Ma is set to visit Kenya in his capacity as UNCTAD special adviser on youth entrepreneurship. This will be his first trip to Africa. Jack Ma is the second richest person in China with a net worth of $28 billion according to Forbes. He is currently the executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a holding company that owns popular eCommerce websites like Alibaba.com, Taobao, TMall and popular mobile web browser UCWeb. UNCTAD Secretary, General Mukhisa Kituyi and Mr Ma will make presentations to 500 young business leaders at the University of Nairobi. In his 3 day trip to Africa running from July 19 – 21st, Jack Ma will also visit Rwanda where he is the keynote speaker at Youth Connect Summit, also organized by
Digital Africa: Kenya To Shift To Smart Driving Licenses

Digital Africa: Kenya To Shift To Smart Driving Licenses

Technology
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in Kenya has announced that its in its final processes in the   launch of a smart driving licenses with a view of replacing old paper-based ones to help in curbing rogue drivers on roads. The tech-based driving license will be fitted with an electronic chip similar to SIM cards that will contain vital details of the driver’s identity and records that can easily be retrieved electronically for reference. The card comes loaded with points to be deducted every time a motorist commits a traffic offence. Repeat offenders who will have exhausted their points will permanently lose their licences, have them confiscated temporarily, pay spot fines or be made to attend refresher driving classes. “All Kenyans will be required to have the new
Europe shows how Africa’s tech hubs can thrive

Europe shows how Africa’s tech hubs can thrive

Startups, Technology
Cities in Europe have woken up to emulate the success in Silicon Valley. The New York Times reported that President Emmanuel Macron urged the French to make their country “the leading country for hyper-innovation.” He encouraged the crowd of entrepreneurs to “transform” and “shake up” the country. On its part, the French government committed to support entrepreneurs through a number of incentives including, making the country more business-friendly. The story of European start-ups is the same across capitals. New venture capitalists are emerging to support the growing appetite for entrepreneurship and they are succeeding. The United Kingdom, which was a front-runner in creating technology hubs, is reaping big returns from the sector. According to Tech Nation, a government report
Television Plays Vital role of civic engagement than Social Media in off-grid society, M-Kopa Report

Television Plays Vital role of civic engagement than Social Media in off-grid society, M-Kopa Report

social media, Startups
Dubbed Tuned in, the M-KOPA report shows that off-grid homes are mostly driven to acquire solar television because it helps them keep up to date with news and current affairs. It looks at the role of solar television in the off-grid economy where millions of Kenyans are still off-grid and unable to access the country’s dominant visual information source – television – in their own homes. M-KOPA Solar says its research shows that for these homes, the leading lifestyle improvement is being more informed on current affairs. And its solar TV is doing just that. In Kenya, the seven and nine o’clock news are major moments in the day. Other forms of entertainment is turned off, conversations are adjourned and the news takes over. The question is whether this can continue as content evolves and
Uber new rules bans minors from having an account in Kenya

Uber new rules bans minors from having an account in Kenya

Uncategorized
Uber has announced new rules that bars users below the age of 18 from having an uber account as it introduced tough new rules for riders and clients. This follows complaints from clients and riders going as far back as 2016, with the latest allegations on sexual harassment leading to the firing of 20 employees as reported this year. The new rules, published for the first time ,explain why riders can lose access to Uber. “Those under the age of 18 can take an Uber with adult supervision, but cannot have an account themselves. Parents or guardians need to accompany children at all time,” the policy states. “Going forward, if Uber finds that an unaccompanied minor is the account holder the account will be immediately deactivated. If the company finds that the rider is under the age o