10 things you need to know in tech across Africa this week, March 2nd - 6th, 2020

Good morning tech Africa!

BI Tech news this week

Coronavirus in Africa will not distract us, Let's ‘March’ on.

These are tech trending news across Sub-Saharan Africa you need to know this week, March 2 - 6, 2020:

The Nigerian government said it has partnered with Facebook to check the spread of fake news and disinformation in the wake of the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Nigeria.

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's minister of information, says it’s obvious that the purveyors of fake news will scale up their act to create panic and spread disinformation, following the confirmation of the disease in Nigeria.

MTN Nigeria recorded outstanding performance in its 2019 financial statement, posting growth in mobile subscribers, data subscriptions, and services revenue.

The company's profit before tax grew by 31.1% to N290.1 billion.

Farmcrowdy has acquired Best Foods (L&P) to offer a wider livestock production and processing solution to the meat market.

The acquisition will see Farmcrowdy owning majority stakes in Best Foods L&P Limited including its assets, team, and customers' contracts to supply meat across Nigeria.

The company said it will begin retail meat hub in June 2020.

Guava, Wellvis, and Proximate AGRO have been selected for a 6-month incubation at the Bank of Industry-backed Vatebra Tech Hub.

At the end of the 6-month program, the startups will meet investors, officials from the Bank of Industry, and others to pitch their products at a Demo Day.

Full details of the startups here

Experts from the tech space discussed the future of Blockchain and AI at the TechCabal’s Townhall meeting. The forum also gave budding entrepreneurs and startups to showcase their ideas, products, and network with bigwigs in the AI and Blockchain space.

The UK launched the second round of a business innovation challenge fund that will see an additional 5 promising businesses receive grant funding and technical assistance of up to KES 13,000,000 (£100,000) each.

The funding made available through the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund will focus on three thematic areas: agriculture and manufacturing; the informal sector; and people in marginalised groups and areas.

The first call for proposals was launched in April 2019 and saw 5 successful businesses receive awards, namely: TakaTaka Solutions; Ten Senses Africa; Lynk Jobs Limited; Savanna Circuit Technologies Limited; and Build Her.

Google Nigeria has partnered with Flutterwave to help 5000 merchants across Nigeria acquire the skills and tools needed to leverage the Web for growth.

Called the ‘Digital Business Compass’, the first training sessions will be run from March 3rd to 5th, 2020, in Lagos. It will focus on equipping businesses with the tools, technologies, and insights needed for them to grow in the digital age. More here.

Netflix has finally opened its social media handles for Nigerian consumers.

The Lagos state government is proposing a N10 million (almost $28,000) licensing fees on Uber, Bolt and other ride-hailing services in the state.

According to TechNext, the proposed regulatory fees also include "N5 million annual renewal fee, a 10% cut from the driver's trip." This proposal excludes other documentation such as the contending Hackney Permits and Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) card.

Last month, Uber and Bolt told Business Insider SSA in separate emails that they are still discussing with the government on regulation.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

LIVE: Results from Kenya's 2022 elections

LIVE: Results from Kenya's 2022 elections

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

LIVE: Presidential election results

LIVE: Presidential election results

New governors-elect in 42 counties, confirmed by IEBC [LIST]

New governors-elect in 42 counties, confirmed by IEBC [LIST]

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Machakos billionaire buys 680 Hotel in Nairobi

Machakos billionaire buys 680 Hotel in Nairobi

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage