The 2018 Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Week) will take place in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 26 to 29 November 2018, on the theme: “PIDA Implementation through Good Governance – Realizing Smart Infrastructure for Africa’s Integration.” PIDA Week was inaugurated in 2015 as a marketing platform to showcase selected PIDA projects and to accelerate their implementation. The week-long event is an important step in the implementation of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 framework and a stepping stone towards reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. PIDA Week 2018 will build on the momentum created in the previous three events held in Cote D’Ivoire (2015 & 2016) and Namibia (2017) to continue to engage stakeholders on the effective delivery o
India leads the world in the number of internet shutdowns, with over 100 reported incidents in 2018 alone, according to a report by Freedom House, a U.S.-based non-profit that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights. Freedom on the Net, an annual study by Freedom House on internet and digital media freedom in 65 countries around the globe, which covers 87% of the world’s internet users, scores countries from zero (most free) to 100 (least free). This serves as the basis for an internet freedom status designation of "free" for countries that score between 0 and 30, "partly free" for countries between 31 and 60, or "not free" for those with scores of 61 or higher. The newly released report is the eighth in this series and covers developments that occ
It’s well known in the banking sector that the emergence of blockchain is most likely to trigger a revolution in banking. However, it is in the hands of central banks that the technology could reach its true potential. No wonder the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is rapidly extending its interest in the blockchain technology. This is according to the Deputy Governor of the central bank, Dr. Jesimen Chipika who said: Blockchain technology is high on the Central Bank’s agenda. Innovation has a way of running ahead of regulation, but we refuse to be left behind. We want to understand and adapt TelOne Modem Fibre Insurance This comes after a couple of months ago, the RBZ’s governor said that the central bank had set the wheels in motion to conduct research on blockchain technology and
Jack Ma has made it clear that he is tired of the office and he’ll be hanging up his gloves on the 10th of September in 2019. The former teacher, who went on to found Alibaba –the Chinese eCommerce giant- and make billions, has said the decision he is making will make him much happier: When I retired from the CEO position, I told the CEO team (in 2013) I should have more time playing golf on the beach. The thing is, I don’t want to die in my office. I want to die on the beach. But I find, oh my God, spent 870 hours in the air last year, and this year, 1,000 hours. Though Jack Ma is no longer responsible for running Alibaba’s daily operations, he is still the face of the company and travels constantly and meets Presidents of countries among other things. Where next for Alibab
ZEC has urged the public not to abuse social media and announce election results as we await the official word from them. According to the Herald, as early as 8:30am yesterday some people were already circulating Whatsapp messages on candidates purported to be leading in the elections. I’m pretty sure they meant to say 8.30pm but that’s besides the point. If you are following the elections you have probably encountered some information regarding who is winning and by what margins. Though this information may be accurate in certain instances, this may also be the effect of what is called a filter bubble. If you have never heard of the filter bubble before, Wikipedia describes it as follows: A filter bubble is a state of intellectual isolation that can result from personal
SAD KURI Sorry, little buddy. Kuri A friendly robot named Kuri recently visited the Popular Science offices. The waste-basket sized bot rolled around the cubes making bleep and bloop sounds, trying its best to mimic and illicit familiar human emotions. At the time of the visit, Kuri was more than a year old, having made its debut at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, but the little bot still hadn’t made it to market. Then, just a few days after Kuri visited our office, Mayfield Robotics (part of the Bosch startup platform) announced that the home robot was on-hold indefinitely. Development stopped and those who pre-ordered would get refunds. Kuri’s bid to become the go-to home companion that dances and takes video of your f
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is today set to launch the Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (Zingsa) and tomorrow officiate at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Beitbridge modernisation project. Zingsa seeks to advance geospatial science, earth observation and satellite communication systems. The use of satellite technology is expected to unlock cutting edge solutions in health, agriculture, mineral exploration, disaster management and the water management sectors. The National Geospatial Agency is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology Development. Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said President Mnangagwa will launch the space agency at the Har...
Zimbabwe’s telecoms entrepreneurs (yeah they are kind of a tag team) Tsitsi and Strive Masiyiwa have been recognised by the British Prime Minister Theresa May for their work in the education of underprivileged children through the Higher Life Foundation, the non profit they started way back in 1996, even before Econet became operational. Their work in education The Higherlife Foundation pays school fees for 20 000 students annually in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Burundi, who they call “history makers”. In 2013, Tsitsi and Strive established a $6.4 million scholarship fund that sends students to Morehouse College in the United States. They have developed an online platform, ‘Ruzivo Digital Learning’, which provides curriculum-based digital learning resources and opportunities for hundreds
Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has acknowledged that banks had a significant role to play in making the externalization of funds possible. Some weeks ago, President Mnangagwa released an infamous list that implicated many organizations and individuals in externalizing $827 million worth of funds. Charity Jinya, BAZ president admitted that some financial institutions had not practiced due diligence in making sure that CD1 forms are submitted for customers and this, in turn, left many international trade transactions unreconciled. CD1 forms are documents used by companies that engage in international trade and submitted to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) for settlement. BAZ said that banks were not doing enough in assisting customers to submit the CD
A firm funded by Google founder Larry Page has unveiled an electric, self-flying air taxi that can travel at up to 180 km/h (110mph). It can do 100 km on a single charge, and it takes off and lands vertically. It will eventually be available to customers as a service "similar to an airline or a rideshare" said parent company Kitty Hawk on the Cora website. It operates using "self-flying software combined with human oversight", it added. The aircraft has been developed in New Zealand, where the government said it welcomed the project because of its environmental credentials. "We've got ambitious goals here in New Zealand, we want to get to net zero emissions by 2050 and that includes mobility," said Dr Megan Woods, minister for research, science and innovation, in a promotio...