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- Work on Ghana’s first Technology Park at Adako-Jachie in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality of the Ashanti Region has started. The $2 million project is being funded jointly by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and IBIS Tech, a business consultancy firm. On completion, it would bring together experts from across the scientific, technological and industrial disciplines for collaboration and nurturing of ideas for the growth of companies and firms that would reside at the Park.

- In Nigeria, Cross River State government has distributed 500 brand new computers to civil servants under its Computer for All Cross Riverians Initiative (CACI) programme. Government said the measure was to encourage Information and Communications Technology (ICT) literacy among its workers.

- A pioneering project aimed at training ICT skills is transforming the lives of children who live in the streets of Eldoret, an agriculturally rich town in Kenya's lush Rift Valley region. Led by SNV, a Dutch development agency, in collaboration with the "Ex-Street Children Community Organisation" (ECCO), a group of formerly homeless young people, the initiative provides street children with basic computer skills, thereby enabling them to take part in society and giving them a voice.

- According to the This Day, HP has announced plans this year to step up the battle against counterfeits in West Africa, including Ghana and Nigeria in response to the increasing incidents of fake printing supplies. HP identifies the counterfeiting of its printing supplies for the LaserJet, Color Laser Jet and Inkjet printers as a global problem, but considers Africa as an area with rampant counterfeiting activities.

- In South Africa, MTN Business has introduced its data centre customers to virtual services. The virtualisation strategy is the first in its plans to establish an African cloud. Senior marketing and product manager Mike Fairon says the service will allow customers to maximise their server space and resource usage in MTN's data centre. While the product seems a little slow to market, MTN says it wanted to have all its ducks in a row before offering a virtualised service.