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- Algeria’s  Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Tayeb Louh called, on to generalise the use of the chip card "Chifa" in all the provinces of the country by 2010. During his meeting with the administrators of the centres of Social Security in five pioneer provinces which have introduced "Chifa" card, Louh stressed that it would be used for the third-party payers in 2012.

- According to local newspaper Fraternité Matin, a group of British businessmen from the West Africa Business organisation have expressed some interest in investing in Côte d’Ivoire free trade technology park project Vitib which is located in Grand Bassan nearby the capital Abidjan.     - The Ubuntu team released details of plans for its next release, Ubuntu Gutsy. New features include a mobile edition, the latest version Gnome and KDE 4.0 and improved hardware support.