Innovation will play an important role in Africa's development. Whether it is in growing the economy, strengthening healthcare systems or improving education. GE's goal is to foster innovation across the continent, and to put its technology into the hands of Africans everywhere.
GE at GES2015
An inside look at GE's activities surrounding the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 (GES2015) in Nairobi, Kenya.
GE South Africa Technologies (GESAT), a joint venture between GE Transportation and the Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC) announced the appointment of a new CEO, Zeenith Ebrahim.
Green Village Electricity Enterprises, which in 2012 became Green Village Electricity (GVE) Projects Limited, a fully incorporated, private for-profit company
Africas most precious resource is children, but too many struggle to access education and healthcare. Nigerias Slum2School initiative aims to improve access to schooling for children in slums and remote communities, with the support of companies such as GE.
Womens Technology Empowerment Centre (W-Tec) is a non-governmental organisation working to empower girls and women socially and economically, using information and communications technologies (ICT).
In 2014, the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge was extended to include Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania. With five countries vying for prizes, the competition saw an increased amount and variety of innovation in the entries. Across these East African countries, entrepreneurs fine-tuned their off-grid solutions, resulting in a total of 19 winners.
On October 27, 2014, GE launched the Lagos Garage skills building programme. Focusing on entrepreneurs, participants were trained in the latest in advanced manufacturing technology.
Mobility is a critical sector across the continent. So when it was time for GE to appoint a new leader for GE Transportation in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenyas Thomas Konditi, chief financial officer for GE Africa, was the natural choice. In his work for GE Africa, Konditis responsibilities spanned 25 countries, ensuring that he can draw on extensive global and regional experience. He has a track record of driving commercial growth and innovation, having overseen Sub-Saharan Africa finance, capital markets, financial services, treasury and tax support for the $3.2 billion operation.
Throughout the continent, smallholder farmers are often marginalised, with many living in poverty, despite the huge potential of this sector and its contribution to food security. Having witnessed first-hand the hardships facing farmers in rural Nigeria, entrepreneur Titi Masha was determined to create solutions that would increase farming efficiency and revenue. By developing solar powered grain mills through her company Topstep Nigeria Limited, local farmers are now taking advantage of renewable power to improve their operations and increase profits.
One day two years ago, Gary Sarkis brought a bees leg to work. The leg was part of his daughters science project and Sarkis, who builds scientific microscopes at GE Healthcare Life Sciences for a living, wanted to take a look with a new imaging machine he and his colleagues have developed.
With multiple refineries around the country, Nigeria is dependent on a consistent power supply to process crude oil. But an unpredictable power grid has heavily affected the countrys key oil refinery at Port Harcourt, with output having been reduced to as much as 30 per cent. To help build a more reliable power supply, Genesis Electricity installed GEs TM2500+ mobile aeroderivative gas turbines at the Port Harcourt refinery
Hailed as Africas golden child, Ghana is the continents fastest growing economy. The discovery of oil and gas in the country has the potential to boost economic growth even more in this West African country.But Ghanas oil and gas sector is facing a talent crunch as demand for labour exceeds supply. Without a skilled, educated workforce, efforts to deliver on the sectors potential may fall short. Stakeholders are united in their belief that the root cause of the skills shortage must be tackled head on.
Who invented the color red? Well, nobody of course. But in another sense, you might say that Nick Holonyak did in the modern era, when he created the red LED at GEs labs in 1962. Now, materials scientist Anant Setlur has reinvented the color. Working with a team of researchers at GE Lighting and in Europe, Setlur found and patented a way leading to the perfect red light.
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In an effort to fight corruption in the procurement sector, the ministry of Finance has launched a five-year online (e-procurement) strategy 2014-2019.The strategy aims to promote accountability and transparency especially in all public procurement departments. The World Bank has funded the implementation of the strategy to a tune of $5.8m (Shs 15.6bn).more
More than 50 percent of the world's population are living in urban areas for the first time in history. Their growth results in issues and opportunities as they march towards urbanization, this creates new challenges, from modernizing aging infrastructure in older cities to meeting the demands for natural resources, from leveraging massive amounts of data from devices to improving the health and safety of their citizens.more
PISI Limited has launched E-Alert App, a free emergency security service. The application will help tackle the problem of insecurity in Nigeria, developing countries and the rest of the world.
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Rwanda joined a few other countries to enjoy Fourth Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) Internet services after it was launched in Kigali. The 4G LTE will replace the previously used 3G Internet giving faster speed.
Ethiopian Airlines has turned a Boeing 737 aircraft into a hotel and restaurant business. Weddings, birthdays, and meetings can all be held in the new restaurant.
Mbugua is a Kenyan student who, together with a Nigerian colleague Christian Emiyah, presented a project on using visible light for the dual purposes of illumination and communication at the White House.
The BBC World Service has launched a new 'lifeline' Ebola service for people in West Africa on instant messenger app Whatsapp, the most popular chat app in Africa. The new service is in both English and French and will comprise public health information on Ebola from the BBC, using audio, text message posts and images. It will also include breaking news alerts related to Ebola.
International Data Group's Chief Security Officer (CSO) magazine recently announced the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a winner of the prestigious CSO50 Award for 2015, given to the top 50 information security organizations worldwide. The CSO50 award recognizes organizations for information security initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. This award for UNDP follows an Information Security CS040 Award in 2014, a Computerworld Premier 2014 100 ICT Leader Award for Shirin Hamid, UNDP's Chief Technology Officer, and an Information Security Computer World Good Award in 2013.
With crime rates accelerating in Nairobi, prison does not seem to effectively rehabilitate young people for improved lives after prison. Nafisika Trust aims to change that. Volunteers work with inmates, helping them build life skills for after prison. These volunteers expand their own capacity for empathy. Everyone involved gains hands on experience that helps them grow their changemaking skills: empathy, leadership, teamwork and changemaking.
AS a measure targeted at improving the growth of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Nigeria, the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has informed of plans by the country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with countries including Israel, India, China and the United Arab Emirates.
An online tool developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), launched earlier this year, allows policymakers to identify which technologies or practices (out of 10 that were modelled) will do most to improve yields in their region, taking predicted climate change conditions into account.
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Momodou Njie on Tuesday presided over the opening ceremony of a two-week training on 'energy reforms' and training of technicians on solar PV systems at the Regional Education Office in Kanifing.
ABSA, the local bank, has extended its free Wi-Fi service to its Maponya Mall branch in Soweto. The development according to the firm makes bank the first financial institution at one of Gauteng's major township shopping centres to offer up to 100Mb of free Wi-Fi per day to all shoppers.
The Conex Crude Storage Terminal (CST) project in collaboration with the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company ("LPRC") is expected to be completed in December this year. The goal is to use the alternative Heavy Fuel Oil for electricity rather than more expensive resources. It is expected to enable the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) reduce the cost of electricity as a public utility by at approximately 50%. more >>
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