Business

A new advance in the search for substances to replace fat in food

It’s well known that obesity is developing into a growing global health problem. In Africa alone, the number of overweight children under five has increased by nearly 50% since 2000. Obesity is a risk factor in diseases such as cancers, heart disease and diabetes. Population shifts from rural to urban areas have also seen dietary...

Oil Down, Investors Look to OPEC+ Meeting for Production Stance By Investing.com

© Reuters. By Gina Lee Investing.com – Oil was down Friday morning in Asia, ending the week on a low note. The global market tightened as investors await an Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) meeting scheduled for the following week. were down 0.30% to $65.92 by 9:10 PM ET (2:10 AM...

Poor rural infrastructure holds back food production by small Nigerian farmers

Agriculture is an important part of development and poverty mitigation in low income countries. It depends on infrastructure such as good roads, safe drinking water, adequate power supply, a market network, modern communication services and facilities for processing and storing farm harvests. But inadequate and unreliable infrastructure services are common in rural communities in Africa....

IMF

IMF Press Briefing Argentina/ Sudan IMF

IMF Press Briefing Argentina/ Sudan

The IMF continues to engage with the Argentine authorities actively and constructively over an IMF-supported program that can help Argentina overcome its important social and economic challenges.  spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters in Washington, DC Thursday (February 25). “On the status, discussions continue. The objective remains, as we’ve discussed here before, I think the objective...

IMF Media Center : IMF PLENARY IMF

IMF Media Center : IMF PLENARY

At the open of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva urged policymakers to resolve trade tensions, promote sustainable growth and invest in human capital.   In a keynote speech at the Plenary on Friday, Georgieva urged governors of the member nations to work...

Techno

Smart Lifts: A success story of SME digitalisation through standards

A consortium of small and medium players in a traditionally analogue sector responded to the pressure to go digital. Their new IoT platform could connect nearly 40,000 lifts by 2022—and inspire a European best practice for the green and digital transition through standards. Digitalisation is not optional anymore. In 2021, there is no future for...

Data Governance Act: What’s in it for AI-developing SMEs?

On 20 January 2021, DIGITAL SME held a workshop titled “What does the new Data Governance Act mean for SMEs?” for members of the Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence (FG AI) and other invited AI-stakeholders. Malte Beyer-Katzenberger from DG CNECT explained the consequences of the Data Governance Act for innovative, AI-driven SMEs, telling participants that the legislation...

James Philpot – European Digital SME Alliance

  Project Manager Contact: j.philpot@digitalsme.eu James Philpot graduated from Bath University in 2015 with a Degree in Politics and International Relations. During his studies, he spent a year working abroad for an NGO confederation in Brussels and returned after graduating. He began working in European projects for a small consultancy, building consortia and offering project...

Ionel-Adrian Becheanu – European Digital SME Alliance

IT Specialist Contact: a.becheanu@digitalsme.eu Ionel-Adrian Becheanu is perfectly suited to be DIGITAL SME’s IT Specialist, having worked for more than 20 years in the field of telecommunications and 10 years in web development. Currently, he is collaborating with the team to accelerate the digitalisation of core processes and develop new web-based services. With years of experience...

Lifestyle

À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale du cœur, Nestlé lance des programmes de santé et de bien-être en Afrique du Centre et de l’Ouest

L’hypertension artérielle étant l’une des principales causes de décès dans le monde, et certains pays d’Afrique subsaharienne affichant des taux de prévalence de l’hypertension parmi les plus élevés au monde (bit.ly/2ovEFEF), savez-vous comment maintenir votre cœur en bonne santé ? Divers facteurs liés à la santé, notamment le mode de vie, l’âge et les antécédents familiaux,...

Darth Vader balloon takes to the skies above England

A balloon shaped as the head of fictional Star Wars film character Darth Vader is seen flying at the annual Bristol hot air balloon festival in Bristol, Britain, August 8, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – A huge Darth Vader mask balloon took to the skies over the western English port of Bristol on Thursday...

New footbridge restores crossing at birthplace of UK’s legendary King Arthur

LONDON (Reuters) – A new narrow footbridge spanning a near 60-metre gorge will open this weekend, restoring a lost crossing to Tintagel castle, legendary birthplace of King Arthur, on the windswept coast of southwest England. Made of steel, local slate and oak, the 5 million pound ($6 million) bridge almost 60 meters above sea level...

World

InfraCo Africa mise 10 millions $ dans une société de promotion immobilière au Kenya

(Agence Ecofin) – Après l’émission début 2020 de ses premières obligations vertes destinées à financer le développement de logements durables et écologiques au Kenya, Acorn Holdings lève des fonds auprès d’InfraCo Africa pour la construction de logements estudiantins modernes et plus respectueux de l’environnement. InfraCo Africa, une société domiciliée au Royaume-Uni et dont l’activité porte...

la contribution du secteur des télécoms au PIB s’est hissée à 15,9% en 2020

(Agence Ecofin) – Les restrictions induites par la Covid-19 au Nigeria ont suscité une flambée de la consommation des télécommunications en 2020. Les effets de cette boulimie se font ressentir sur l’économie nationale. Le Bureau national des statistiques (NBS) du Nigeria, dans son « Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report (Q4 & Full Year 2020) » publié ce...