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ECOWAS Court To Digitise Operations In January 2021

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A new electronic case management system that will digitise the entire case management processes of the ECOWAS Court of Justice will become operational in January 2021.

The President of the court, Justice Edward Amoako Asante made the disclosure in statement issued by the court in Abuja on Tuesday.

Asante, who spoke at a training for staff on the use of the new system, said that it would allow for electronic filing and processing of cases.

The president said that the introduction of the system would not only align the court’s case management system with international best practice but also enable the remote filing of documents by parties.

He said that the new process would eliminate the necessity of travelling to the seat of the Court in Abuja with the attendant cost implications.

He told the participants, who are mainly the end users of the system, that the system would ensure that interaction among stakeholders in the proceedings before the Court would henceforth be based on the use of the new electronic management system.

The President noted that it would not only eliminate the problems associated with the use of paper during proceedings but would also increase the performance of the court.

According to him, the digital process will also enable the saving of data relating to cases and eliminate the problem associated with the use of files including mutilation and loss.

“Moreover, it is more cost effective for all parties because it will not only bring the Court closer to the litigants but also improve its visibility and accessibility as applications and other filings will be made electronically,” he said.

Asante charged the participants to familiarise themselves with the new tool, asking them to pay close attention to detail to ensure that the system corresponded to realities of the Court.

In his remark, the Deputy Chief Registrar, Mr Athanase Atannon used the opportunity of presenting the objectives of the training to congratulate the management for bringing the project to fruition.

“This training, which will run until 5 December 2020 for different staff, will provide the judges and staff with all the necessary skills to operate the platform”, he said.

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Kenya’s Safaricom to Suspend Huawei 5G Mobile Network

The news of the 5G mobile network suspension came as a surprise to many, given that the company had already concluded trials and testing of the new network’s high-speed mobile connections.

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Kenyan telecom giants Safaricom, on Tuesday, announced that it will temporarily put on hold, the deployment of its new Huawei-powered fifth-generation (5G) mobile network.

The news of the 5G mobile network suspension came as a surprise to many, given that the company had already concluded trials and testing of the new network’s high-speed mobile connections.

The general expectation was that haven concluded trials and testing, Safaricom would make its 5G service available to customers by the end of last year or sometime in the first quarter of this year. 

Now, the company’s CEO Peter Ndegwa says the attention of the company will instead be focused on the conversion of millions of existing customers from 2G and 3G services to 4G services.

Beyond that explanation, the company has not provided any further details. Although some speculation has been making the rounds in the Kenyan press that security concerns related to Huawei equipment may have also played a role in the decision, it is however important to note that neither Ndegwa nor any other company official has made any comment to that effect.

In fact, both telecom giants Safaricom and the Kenyan government have until now, been ardent supporters of Huawei, so it would be unusual if they suddenly reversed course and aligned themselves with the US-led effort to not use equipment made by the Chinese telecom giant, as suggested by some.

The US government has been mounted an increasingly successful campaign globally, to discourage several countries and telecommunication companies from using Huawei networking equipment in their new 5G networks due to the company’s “close ties to the Chinese military and intelligence communities as well as Communist Party.”

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Egyptian Biotechnology Company to Assemble Disinfection Robots

Egypt’s foremost Biomedical company, BIOTECH plans to begin a robotic devices assembly in Egypt in the second half of 2021.  According to the company’s Director Sherif Khattab, Biotechnology for Medical Engineering Company (BIOTECH) will bring together robots that could be deployed in airports, hospitals, malls, metro stations, and public spaces for disinfection and sterilisation purposes […]

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Egypt’s foremost Biomedical company, BIOTECH plans to begin a robotic devices assembly in Egypt in the second half of 2021. 

According to the company’s Director Sherif Khattab, Biotechnology for Medical Engineering Company (BIOTECH) will bring together robots that could be deployed in airports, hospitals, malls, metro stations, and public spaces for disinfection and sterilisation purposes using ultraviolet waves.

The robot which consists of a moving base furnished with multiple sensors allows it to determine its path by scanning its surroundings and creating a digital map to avoid collision with objects around it.

In the first six months of production, BIOTECH plans to sell about 200 robots in Alexandria and Cairo governorates.  The company is currently liaising with EgyptAir and the Egyptian Ministry of Health for quality assurance and certification.   

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‘FBSuccessStory Campaign’ Debuts in Nigeria

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Facebook says it has partnered with BellaNaija and Guardian TV to launch its Nigerian Small and Medium Business (SMB) success stories series.

Facebook said in a statement on Tuesday that the ‘FBSuccessStory campaign’ was aimed at spotlighting Nigerian entrepreneurs using Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to grow their businesses.

It said the campaign, which would be running for six weeks, was designed to celebrate and inspire future entrepreneurs and highlight the tools available to scale their businesses.

Kezia Anim-Addo, Facebook’s Head of Communications, Africa said :“We are proud of the role that we have in enabling SMBs to grow and scale.

“We know that small businesses are the cornerstone of economies and they make significant contributions.

This campaign is a celebration of some of these Nigerian SMBs making an impact, both in Nigeria and beyond,” Anim-Addo said .

She added that the series, which would kick start on November 18 and end on Dec. 21, would air exclusively on both BellaNaija and The Guardian TV.

Anim-Addo said the special series would be showcasing four Nigerians that have experienced growth by using Facebook’s platforms and product offerings to overcome business challenges, connect to their target audiences, and achieve successes in their marketplaces.

“The four entrepreneurs selected include Tricia Ikponmwonba, owner of TriciaBiz, Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed, owner of The Gift Source, Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo, owner of Augustsecrets, and Gina Ehikodi-Ojo, owner of Foodies and Spice, “she said.

Featured in the campaign, and commenting on Facebook’s impact on her business, Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed, a medical doctor turned entrepreneur and founder of The Gift Source, said : “My business experienced phenomenal growth using Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

” I was able to build a formidable community on the platforms using audience insights, which helped me to deliver meaningful messages to new and existing customers,”

According to Facebook, others featured in the campaign are Tricia Ikponmwonba – founder of Tricia Biz, an online training and academy platform in Lagos, that provides affordable and quality business advisory service for micro, small and medium scale entrepreneurs.

Also, Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo, founder of Augustsecrets, an award-winning child nutrition brand in Nigeria that provides healthy, handmade cereals and snacks for babies and young children.

It added that Gina Ehikodi, founder of Foodies and Spice, Nigeria’s foremost food and travel show would also be featured in the campaign.

“As one of Nigeria’s foremost multi-media and news platforms, we are continually seeking new ways to share the authentic African story, media partner, Bunmi Amosu, Head of Video Content at The Guardian TV, said.

“It is exciting to partner with Facebook on this project to showcase entrepreneurs doing their best to rewrite the narrative about Africa.

Also Uche Pedro, Founder of BellaNaija said: “BellaNaija has always believed in celebrating people making an impact in their industries, Pedro said, delighted to work with Facebook to spotlight local entrepreneurs leading change within their communities in West Africa.

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