IN BRIEF

Computing

- Athi River town will host Kenya's first ever ICT hub, according to plans by the Government, an idea bolstered by the increasing numbers of foreign companies that want to set up shop here. Two international firms from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have already expressed interest in setting up the hubs in partnership with the government.

- Kano state will this week get the newly introduced electronic passport, the state comptroller of the Nigerian immigration service, Mr. O.C Ockiya has revealed. Speaking to Daily Trust in his office, the state comptroller said already Abuja and Lagos state have started issuing the e-passport in their respective areas.

- The Kenyan Government is to spend Sh600 million in the implementation of a centralised electronic information tracking system. The amount to be used over five years will enable Government set up a National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (Nimes) by January. In addition, the Government will also spend another Sh80 million to set up a Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (MED) at the Ministry of Planning and National Development. The moves are expected to improve information gathering and use in Government.

- According to afrol News, Chicago-based IT consulting and outsourcing firm, eVentive, LLC has announced the opening of its offshore IT outsourcing center in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The center, the first of its kind in the region, became operational with the graduation of the first class of Ethiopian consultants from eVentive's exclusive training program.

- miniCube Technologies, a new supplier of small form factor PCs, Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs), small form factor mainboards and PC peripherals, today announced the official opening, online store launch and local availability of their exciting range of PC devices.

-The South African Government announced HP as the first company to have a proposal accepted as part of the government’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) initiative. The proposal for an HP Business Institute (HPBI) aims to boost participation and opportunities in the IT sector and provide a sufficient pool of talent to promote economic growth in the country. The HPBI will open its doors in February 2008 and will take in around 300 students annually.