iBorders Advance Passenger Processing used to control World Cup visitors

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs today celebrated the success of Advance Passenger Processing (APP), the border management solution from air transport IT specialist SITA, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The system, which was implemented in just nine months, successfully kept “undesirables” from entering the country during the tournament. More than 1.5 million passengers […]

Liberia MOF Launches Revenue Website

The Ministry of Finance has taken another giant step to modernize its tax administration and revenue-generating schemes after officials formally launched the Ministry’s Revenue Department website Friday (Oct. 15). The website (www.revenue.gov.lr) provides a one-stop-shop for information concerning the Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance. via allAfrica.com: Liberia: Modernization MOF Launches Revenue Website.

Ethiopian commodity marketing system attracts interest

Kenya is one of three countries that are eyeing software developed by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) to market and sell agricultural products through an internet portal. The others are Zimbabwe and Tanzania who believe the tool that can improve farmer’s earnings. This was announced by ECX chief executive Dr Eleni Gadri-Madhini said at the […]

e-Extension officers for Ghana districts

Dr Kwame Amezah, the National Director of Extension of the Ministry Of Food and Agriculture, has said the sector would introduce Electronic (e) Extension Services by April. The e-extension service, which the World Bank will support, would be piloted in 50 districts. Dr Amezah said this at the opening of a two-day Agricultural Extension Performance […]

Rwanda recognises need for labour database

“If we can bring together all the categories of data we have on labour, it would be easy to analyze them and ascertain available skills that are not being utilized. This would help us create jobs in line with the skills available.” This according to Rwandan Minister of Public Service and Labour, Anastase Murekezi, talking […]

Satellite imagery to provide livestock insurance in Kenya

Herders in northern Kenya who suffered large cattle losses during recent droughts are to be offered livestock insurance in a pioneering project that uses satellite imagery of available grazing to determine when payouts occur. The scheme, billed as a world first by the International Livestock Research Institute, is being launched today in the arid Marsabit […]

Inventory of agricultural information systems

The Inventory of Innovative Farmer Advisory Services using ICTs, from the excellent Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, was published in February 2009, but I have just discovered it. It lists sixty systems dedicated to improving the technical and business information available to small farmers in Africa. Its foreword provides a progressive view of the […]

Zimbabwe jobs site targets diaspora

Zimbabwe Human Capital is a jobs website that aims to attract Zimbabwean professionals in the diaspora back to their country. It has been initiated by the newly formed Taskforce on Human Skills Identification, Deployment, and Retention (THSIDR) and funded by the International Office of Migration. The site will provide information on job opportunities in the […]

Uganda to expand rural information system

The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) and the Ugandan government have signed an agreement to expand a programme that helps rural farmers increase their income through ICT-enabled crop marketing services. The Rural Information System (RIS) programme enables farmers to send and receive production and market information through 26 information centres in isolated areas […]

Accommodation database for 2010 World Cup

South Africa is banking on its upgraded contact centre and the internet to help solve accommodation and other issues related to visitors who will attend the 2010 Soccer World Cup. At a press briefing yesterday, Sindiswa Nhlumayo, deputy director for tourism at the Department of Tourism, said the Web address for the accommodation and listing […]

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