Category Archives: East African Community

Google takes African startups under its wings

Silicon Valley giant Google is expanding its regional mentorship programme for top early-stage technology startups in Africa, with the aim of helping them become commercially viable.

South Sudan foes meet after two years

The two figures at the centre of the civil war that has ravaged South Sudan met for the first time in nearly two years on Wednesday evening in the Ethiopian capital.
South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, who fled South Sudan in July 2016, went into a closed door meeting at the Ethiopian prime minister’s office.

Is this Africa’s moment to invest in atomic energy?

Faced with persistent power deficits, which have slowed down industrialisation, Africa is increasingly considering new alternatives for electricity generation, including nuclear energy.

Hundreds stranded after Rwanda-Uganda road collapses

Transport between Uganda and Rwanda has been disrupted following the collapse of a road section linking the two countries.

The major constitutional changes in the Burundi referendum

Though the main focus of Burundi’s Thursday referendum is the extension of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule, the vote is certain to fundamentally change the politics and the governance of the country.

Six planes bought in bid to revive Uganda Airlines

Uganda’s government has bought six planes to revive the national carrier following its liquidation in 2001.

Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles: report

The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.

East Africa countries weigh options to power trains amid deficits

Tanzania is banking on the development of its vast gas find into electricity to increase its capacity and provide a dedicated electric line for the SGR network, once completed.

How African countries will benefit from the ‘Single African Air Transport Market’?

In the just concluded African Union (AU) Head of State Summit that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 countries including Rwanda launched ‘Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)’ a project in line with the AU agenda 2063.

$100m fund a great boost for start-ups across Africa

 

 

Tony Elumelu (left) founder of Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Foundation with participants at Afrexim conference held in Rwanda on June 29, 2017.

When Brenda Amongin first started her online shop selling African art and crafts, she struggled to raise capital to grow the business. “I used my savings to buy materials but the money was not enough,” says Amongin, the founder of the online retail shop, Amayomart.com