IAEA launches CONNECT website to promote safe and secure nuclear use

IAEA launches CONNECT website to promote safe and secure nuclear use

On 28 October CONNECT was launched, a members-only online platform for connecting professionals in the nuclear field so that they can share knowledge and experiences and collaborate on projects. The launch was done at an interregional workshop that was part of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s International Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organisations (TSOs) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security, held in Beijing from 27 to 31 October.

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Addressing the rise of non-communicable diseases in Africa

LWOL: A discussion with Dr Anuschka Coovadia on Africa healthcare – are we doing enough?

The healthcare sector in Africa is considered a major growth opportunity for two main reasons: the tremendous health challenges that the continent faces, and the very serious deficiencies that still exist in Africa’s healthcare, compared to the rest of the world. The recent Ebola outbreak has put the sector in the spotlight. While some countries effectively met the challenge and were declared Ebola-free, some are still grappling with the horror of the epidemic.

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LWOL: A discussion with Dr Anuschka Coovadia on Africa healthcare – are we doing enough?

#EbolaDialogue: Business response to the Ebola outbreak

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that Ebola cases could reach the levels of 550 000 – 1.4 million by January 2015 if no additional interventions are made. The consequences will affect the global community, with Africa taking the biggest punch.

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Self-Driving Cars: Are We Ready?

Self-Driving Cars: Are We Ready?

Gaze out at the automotive horizon and you can almost see a new era coming into focus: the age of self-driving cars. An age when humans will no longer need to keep their eyes on the road. No more concerns about distracted driving or those dreaded rush hour commutes. Vehicles will whisk us where we want to go, quickly and efficiently, then scurry away.

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Addressing the rise of non-communicable diseases in Africa

Addressing the rise of non-communicable diseases in Africa

As infectious and parasitic diseases and perinatal dangers are brought under control in Africa, the continent’s mortality profile will increasingly come to resemble that of more advanced societies. At some point (which is still however some way off), non-communicable conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart failure will kill the most people, resulting in a complete change in the demands on healthcare systems.

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Nigerian retail banking an increasingly competitive space

Nigerian retail banking an increasingly competitive space

The gap between the highest and lowest ranked banks in Nigeria’s retail segment has never been closer. This is an indication that the country’s banks are operating in a very competitive space at the moment. The convenience of a bank’s services has become one of the keys to its success.

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The long- and short-term impact of Ebola on African healthcare

The long- and short-term impact of Ebola on African healthcare

Ebola has impacted several West African nations, but some have coped better than others. Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have suffered particularly high losses of human life, whereas Nigeria and Senegal have responded relatively well, containing their outbreaks. What has been done differently and what can be learned from this tragic situation to help inform future healthcare policies and funding strategies?

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What’s new in Africa’s telecoms industry?

What’s new in Africa’s telecoms industry?

Things move apace within Africa’s telecoms industry. The continent continues to improve its international connections through new cables, grow its smartphone base, reduce its calling and data costs, introduce new legislation and regulations, merge landline and cellular companies, introduce new mobile-based technologies and services, and more. Here are a few of the most recent development in African telecoms…

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ClinicCommunicator to be taken beyond Uganda’s borders

ClinicCommunicator to be taken beyond Uganda’s borders

ClinicCommunicator is a web-based app that partners with private hospitals and clinics to send automated SMS or email communications to patients. The app is used primarily to remind patients of upcoming appointments (thereby reducing queues and waiting times) and remind them to adhere to their medication schedule (particularly important with conditions such as HIV/Aids and diabetes). It is also used to solicit patient feedback so as to improve service offerings.

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Zambia set to surpass DRC in copper production

Zambia set to surpass DRC in copper production

Things are looking quite positive for the Zambian economy, which has experienced strong growth in recent years, with real GDP growth between 2005 and 2011 more than 6% per year. Moreover copper – the nation’s economic lifeblood – is doing well, and it appears that Zambia’s copper production may once again outstrip that of the DRC, regifting the former with its long-held title of Africa’s number one copper producer.

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How to lower costs in African healthcare and make it more accessible

How to lower costs in African healthcare and make it more accessible

Over the past ten years, there has been an unprecedented growth globally – and in Africa in particular – in the number of people rising out of poverty to achieve middle-class status. This population, often referred to as the Middle of the Pyramid (MOP), has a significant disposable income meaning an increasing demand for healthcare. As countries grow wealthier, models of healthcare provision and financing need to adapt to increasing expectations and new demands for healthcare.

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Key findings from the 2014 Africa CFO Survey

Key findings from the 2014 Africa CFO Survey

Our recent 2014 KPMG African and Global CFO surveys revealed some telling differences between operations and challenges in Africa and those in the rest of the world. For example, African firms differ significantly from their global counterparts with respect to centralised versus decentralised operations of their chief financial officers (CFOs).

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