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  • UN: Inaugural UN World Data Forum to hold in Cape Town in January
    07 december 2016 16:18:54
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 1,000 data leaders from government, business, science and civil society are expected to gather in Cape Town, South Africa from 15-18 January, 2017 for the inaugural UN World Data Forum, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN forum to foster accessible, reliable, inclusive Internet
    06 december 2016 17:56:05
    New York, US (PANA) - About 3,000 delegates from across the world will join thousands more online for the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Jalisco, Mexico, from 6-9December, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • UN: WIPO says global innovation, patent applications rise
    23 november 2016 18:41:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Global innovation is soaring as the 2015 edition of a UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) report reveals that 2.9 million patent applications lodged worldwide, which is a 7.8 per cent increase over the previous year. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF invests in tech start-ups to improve children’s lives
    15 november 2016 19:16:35
    New York, US (PANA) - Using a venture capital approach through investing in companies with short track records but long-term growth possibilities, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday announced the first five emerging market start-ups to which it will provide seed money to source solutions for issues like transportation, wearable technology, finance, and personal data. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO stresses importance of science centres, museums to sustainable development
    10 november 2016 16:10:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Noting the centrality of science in major global sustainable development agenda, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova on Thursday stressed the importance of science centres and museums to build skill and capacities as well as to send strong messages about the importance of science for sustainable development. Full text...

  • UN: 1,000 data experts to hold global forum in South Africa
    03 november 2016 14:07:38
    New York, US (PANA) - Over 1,000 data experts will gather in Cape Town, South Africa, for the inaugural UN World Data Forum holding from 15-18 January 2017, according to a UN statement obtained by PANA in New York on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN Global Pulse, Twitter partner on data for SDGs
    23 september 2016 19:16:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Twitter, the global platform for self-expression and live conversation, and UN Global Pulse, on Friday announced a partnership that will provide the UN with access to Twitter’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by world leaders last year. Full text...

  • US: Nearly 47 per cent of global population now online – UN report
    16 september 2016 06:12:21
    New York, US (PANA) - Even though China and India are now the largest Internet markets on the planet, they are also among the six countries that together account for 55 per cent of the global ‘offline’ population, according to a new report of a United Nations commission. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council strongly condemns North Korea nuclear test
    10 september 2016 16:17:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's nuclear test on 9 September, stating that it was a clear violation of repeated calls on the country to halt such activity. Full text...

  • US: Remnants of Qadhafi-era chemical weapons programme arrive in Germany
    10 september 2016 04:53:45
    Washington, DC US (PANA) - The last remnants of Libya’s Qadhafi-era chemical weapons programme have arrived at a specialized destruction facility in Germany for a destruction under international verification by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Full text...

  • Tanzania: Seedstars hits Malian capital to scout for top entrepreneurs in emerging markets
    02 september 2016 09:41:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is going to Mali for the first time on 4 September 2016 to scout for the best entrepreneurs in technology, IT News Africa reported on Friday. Full text...

  • US: US lauds partners on removal of chemical weapons precursors from Libya
    02 september 2016 08:30:38
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has lauded partners who worked to safely remove Libya’s remaining chemical weapons precursors as authorized by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2298 and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council decisions. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda capital witnesses partial solar eclipse
    01 september 2016 10:42:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's capital, Kigali, on Thursday experienced a partial solar eclipse with the Moon covering a large portion of the Sun. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials call for prompt entry into force of nuclear test ban treaty
    30 august 2016 06:34:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, senior UN officials on Monday in New York called for the entry into force of a multilateral treaty that bans all nuclear explosions, for both civilian and military purposes, in all environments. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Pakistani-based company sponsors 10 science scholarships for Africa
    29 august 2016 09:34:34
    Reduit, Mauritius (PANA) - The Planet Earth Institute (PEI), an NGO, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Pakistani-based company to ensure the sponsoring of 10 scholarships for Mauritius and Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Solar Eclipse visible on 1 September in Mauritius
    25 august 2016 07:39:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - An annular Solar Eclipse, that will be a deep partial solar eclipse, where the sun disc will be eclipsed up to 90 per cent, will be visible in Mauritius on 1 September 2016, the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre (RGSC) announced on Thursday in Port-Louis. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for eradicating nuclear weapons
    23 august 2016 18:27:29
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday in New York stressed the need to seriously refocus attention on nuclear disarmament, recalling that eliminating weapons of mass destruction was one of the founding principles of the UN and was in fact the subject of the first resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly. Full text...

  • Botswana: Korea, Botswana sign technology cooperation agreement
    23 august 2016 11:24:59
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has signed an agreement with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), as the Hub makes strides to become a regional technology commercialisation centre. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Inactive telephone lines in Nigeria rise to over 2 million - NCC
    22 august 2016 09:05:21
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says inactive lines in the country’s telecommunications industry have increased from 65,186,763 in May to 67,331,498 in June 2016. Full text...

  • UN: Africa lags behind in global innovation - WIPO
    15 august 2016 19:22:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag behind among global leaders in innovation, according to a new report released on Monday by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Full text...

  • UN: UN rights council condemns govts blocking internet access
    03 july 2016 08:23:38
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Human Rights Council has condemned governments who are in the habit of blocking the Internet access for their citizens. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Global firms show commitment to Africa technology revolution
    09 june 2016 08:29:12
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Global technology firms have demonstrated a deep commitment to work with state officials in Africa to computerise schools and learning centres during a ministerial conference on placing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the heart of education planning, which started in Abidjan Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: African policymakers urged to act on internet opportunity
    01 june 2016 13:45:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Internet Society is calling for the adoption of policies and frameworks that expand access and create greater demand for the internet in Africa, according to a statement issued by the society and made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints governing council for Technology Bank for LDCs
    27 may 2016 05:59:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of a major UN conference on priorities for the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of members to a governing council that will provide support towards the operationalization of a proposed Technology Bank for those vulnerable nations. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African Union Commission launches 2016 edition of AU Research Grants
    18 may 2016 18:53:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission on Wednesday launched Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union. Full text...

  • Senegal: UN study finds digital payments save lives, $10 million in Sierra Leone
    18 may 2016 16:21:53
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief hails role of IT in sustainable development
    17 may 2016 15:55:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The global sustainable development agenda recognizes the great potential of information and communication technology to accelerate human progress, bridge the digital divide and advance knowledge, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday in New York. Full text...

  • Togo: Minister challenges Togolese girls to avoid poverty through ICT studies
    28 april 2016 19:49:54
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Job opportunities in the digital economy continue to rise and many countries and regions expect growth in demand for qualified personnel with skills including math, science, engineering and computing, Togo's Minister of Post and Digital Economy, Cina Lawson, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks World Intellectual Property Day, spotlights role of digital creativity
    26 april 2016 20:50:43
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN World Intellectual Property Full text...

  • Senegal: Tanzania to host Internet Society's African Peering, Interconnection Forum
    30 march 2016 15:49:28
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Tanzania will host the Internet Society's annual Africa Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) for the first time, organisers revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: IAEA team in Nigeria, supports nation's quest for nuclear energy
    16 march 2016 19:08:20
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is in Nigeria, with its Director General, Mr Yukiya Amano, saying he is pleased to see that Nigeria is taking the correct steps toward a safe use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Full text...

  • Senegal: Inaugural Global Science Forum in Africa winds up in Dakar
    11 march 2016 12:51:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - With science taking the centre stage, the Next Einstein Forum’s Global Gathering, Africa’s premiere global science and technology forum, wound up here in Dakar Thursday with a clear path forward on how best to drive development through science, technology and innovation across the continent. Full text...

  • Senegal: Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering calls for support for STEM
    08 march 2016 21:07:44
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - An unprecedented coalition of African and world leaders on Tuesday convened at the first-ever "Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering", issuing a joint call to action for increased investment and support for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Africa. The event marks a historic first step in charting a new course for science-led development in Africa. Full text...

  • Senegal: CODESRIA organises conference on Africa's knowledge economy
    05 february 2016 17:45:12
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Dakar-based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is organising a conference on Open Access and Africa's knowledge economy to be held in the Senegalese capital in March. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Science and technology can help save lives, livelihoods during disasters' - UN
    28 january 2016 05:47:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The first-ever United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) gathering of scientists to discuss disaster risk management kicked off on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, seeking to map out a scientific and technological approach to the issue while addressing the importance of partnership. Full text...

  • UN: UN official says science is vital in managing disaster risk, promoting development
    26 january 2016 19:58:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Full text...

  • Tanzania: WB report says four billion miss out on development for lack of internet access
    13 january 2016 20:52:34
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - A new World Bank report said on Wednesday that while the internet, mobile phones and other digital technologies were spreading rapidly throughout the developing world, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs, and better public services have fallen short of expectations. Full text...

  • UN: UN moves to bridge digital divide, address internet governance
    18 december 2015 05:50:28
    New York, US (PANA) - With the curtain closed on the two-day review by the United Nations General Assembly of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Member States have adopted an outcome document which aims at bridging the digital divide, ensure freedom of speech, and address Internet governance to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Senegal: Nixu, Nokia collaborate on cyber security
    16 december 2015 11:00:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Cyber security company, Nixu Corporation, and telecom company, Nokia Networks, have entered an agreement to collaborate on developing and delivering cyber security services for Nokia's clients worldwide. Full text...

  • South Africa: 12 African female scientists honoured
    14 december 2015 11:15:04
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Twelve female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa have been honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field as recipients of the 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Fellowships. Full text...

  • South Africa: Facebook launches Innovation Challenge in Africa
    10 december 2015 13:34:22
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Facebook, an online social networking service, is launching the Internet.org Innovation Challenge in Africa with the aim of recognising developers and entrepreneurs who are using the internet to improve the standard of education and economic health in their communities. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Seven African countries among 20 most targeted worldwide by cyber-criminals
    26 november 2015 06:22:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Check Point Software Technologies has released the October 2015 statistics for its Threat Cloud World Cyber Threat Map, which found that Tanzania was the most attacked country in the world that month in cyber-crime, IT News Africa reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Science stands at heart of sustainable future, UNESCO says
    10 november 2015 17:33:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Citing science, technology and innovation as key components Full text...

  • UN: UN Radio Communication conference to address global ICT management
    02 november 2015 18:15:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 opened Monday Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB approves €70m for construction of Senegal’s digital technology park
    21 october 2015 19:34:22
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - In its bid to contribute to promoting Senegal as an information and communications technology (ICT) centre of excellence and a destination for the establishment of call centres, e-commerce, software development, wireless Internet facilities and other ICT market segments, the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced Wednesday it will inject €70.61 million in the sector. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Africa Code Week brings digital literacy to young people
    02 october 2015 09:17:05
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - SAP, a multinational inter-enterprise software company, Thursday kicked off 'Africa Code Week', a continent-wide initiative to spread digital literacy and simplify access to coding education for young people. Full text...

  • South Africa: African pioneers reach for the stars (Feature by Craig Urquhart, PANA Correspondent)
    30 august 2015 07:58:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A young Durban man has become the latest in the long line of Africans who has set their sites on outer space. Full text...

  • Tanzania: MTN, Liquid Telecom partner to extend fixed, wireless networks in Africa
    25 august 2015 07:46:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The MTN Group and Liquid Telecom have partnered to jointly offer customers access to the largest fixed and wireless footprint across Africa, IT News Africa reported Tuesday, quoting an announcement by the two companies. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Survey report nags women to beware of cyberthreats
    07 august 2015 13:27:36
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Women have been found to be less aware of cyberthreats, according to a survey conducted by Kasperky Lab and B2B International. Full text...

  • Benin: Akon Lighting Africa unveils its strategy in Benin, ends road show
    07 august 2015 11:51:32
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Akon Lighting Africa concluded its African road show last night in Benin, with the three co-founders - Akon, Thione Niang and Samba Bathily - inspecting the new street lamps installed in the district of Pahou, near the capital, Cotonou, with Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou. Full text...

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