Computer News - In Brief


- Kenya is among three African countries that are eyeing a software developed by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) to market and sell agricultural products through an internet portal. Others are Zimbabwe and Tanzania who have hailed the tool that can improve farmer's earnings, Once adopted, farmers will have increased access to market information and be able to trade coffee directly. ECX system is the first of its kind in Africa, which once adopted by African coffee producers will increase the global market share that stands at 10 per cent to more than twice, experts said. The software serves farmers, traders, processors, exporters and consumers. It provides a secure and reliable system of handling, grading, and storing commodities, matching offers and bids for commodity transactions, and a risk-free payment and goods delivery system

-Kampala City Council has introduced a new computerised tax system that will monitor and identify new tax opportunities in the city. This tax information system will require all the five city Divisions to register their businesses at the district so as to determine the number of taxable businesses, identify new revenue opportunities and identify tax defaulters. It will fetch at least Shs71 billion from the local revenue base, indicating an increment of Shs40 billion. The city council expected at least Shs37.6 billion from the local revenue performance, only Shs27.8 billion was realised. KCC also failed to collect about Shs480 million from public markets.

- Microsoft Nigeria, last weekend, opened its new office in the up-market area of Ikoyi-Lagos, reinstating its commitment to play its role in strengthening the nation's economy.Champion Infotel recalled that Microsoft set up the company's first office in Nigeria in 2000 with just three staff members and 10 years later there are two established offices situated in Abuja and Lagos, with a network of over 1000 Microsoft partners, actively contributing to ICT and the broader Nigerian economy.

- Meridian Technologies, an IT training & testing company has started training women students free of cost on computer basics at its Maryland, Lagos centre. The school is in alliance with APTECH Ltd, Oracle Corporation, Cisco, Microsoft and other leading vendors in IT. The school also has authorised Prometric and Pearson VUE testing centre with in its premises.