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- Nigeria’s best Computer Brand of the Year 2007, Zinox Computers, will from April this year, commence daily commercial output of 5,000 personal computers from its new modern factory in Lagos.

- Gauteng province in South Africa has announced that it will spend at least half a billion rand on ICT over the next three years. The bulk of the half a billion rand – R450 million – is going to the Gauteng Shared Services Centre (GSSC) “to fund the implementation of the Gauteng online project”.

- Chief Executive Officer of Omatek computers Ghana, Mrs. Florence Seriki, has appealed to government to commence implementation of a zero percent duty policy on 'Completely Knocked Down' (CKD) to engender competition in the production of computers locally. The Omatek boss drew a distinction between VAT charges in Ghana and neighbouring Nigeria, stressing that whilst Ghana currently charges 15%, Nigeria charges 5%.

- The Abuja Geographic Information System, AGIS, has generated a whopping N15billion since its creation four years ago. AGIS was created by former minister, Malam Nasir el-Rufai under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration to refocus land administration by computerising its operations and ensuring transparency in land allocations.

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- Acer Computers , the world's third largest IT vendor, has announced a 38.9% year-on-year growth in 2007 for sales in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, while the market growth was only 15.7%. In the EMEA region, Acer holds the number one position for notebooks with a market share of 20.9% and year-on-year growth of 45.3%. Acer is the number two IT vendor for EMEA with a market share of 12.8% up from 10.6% in 2006.

- In South Africa, Allied Technologies (Altech) has been awarded the “2007 Minister’s Award for Overall Excellence” at the Technology Top 100 Awards that took place last week in Johannesburg.