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- The Egyptian IT sector is poised to become the next regional IT destination, with expectations to increase its value from USD 889 million in 2006 by over 75 per cent to reach USD 1.3 billion by 2011, according to latest studies.

- In Uganda, Barclays Bank has concluded the first phase of installation of the new 7m pounds (sh23.5b) Flexcube banking technology at its branches. "The initial two weeks were uncomfortable for customers and staff. We had service interruptions, but this phase is now behind us. The service has stabilised and resumed to acceptable levels," Byarugaba said in an interview.

- South African minister of Science and Technology, Mosibudi Mangena has signed a general cooperation accord in the sector with Angola’s counterpart, João Baptista Gandagina, in a ceremony being held at Talatona Conventions Centre, in Luanda.

- The adoption of an international standard "ISO IEC 29500: Office Open XML file format" for the local information technology sector will have to wait a bit longer as the Standards Association of Zimbabwe opted to abstain in a recent electronic ballot.