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- The Federal Government of Nigeria has renewed the licensing agreement with the Microsoft Corporation under a strategic partnership agreement. Director-General of National Information Technology and Development Agency (NITDA). Prof. Cleopas Angaye said that the establishment of Microsoft Training Laboratory and education of various levels of manpower in the public service were part of the agreement.

- According to research company IDC, Morocco’s IT market expanded from US$403.88 million in 2001 to US$638.69 million in 2006, representing an average annual growth rate of 9.6%. With more than 1,500 ICT firms employing over 42,000 people, the country is now firmly established as one of the leading suppliers of IT services in the Middle East.

- Kenya has become the third African country to launch e-learning facilities in secondary schools. The programme by Intel, and whose only other beneficiaries are South Africa and Nigeria, was launched at Kamiti Secondary School in the outskirts of Nairobi.

- In a repeat of what happened less than a year ago, Nigeria’s enterprise software and systems integrators, Progenics Corp Limited, has once again got its flagship investment management software solution Symbols, honoured with the Best Indigenous Software award in Nigeria at Nigerian IT and Telecoms Award (NITTA) 2007.

- Makerere’s University in Uganda is to get a $2.5m digital library, a top official announced this week. The move is part the education ministry’s plan to promote the use of information and communications technology (ICTs) in schools, the official added.

- Sun has announced the Open Source Community Innovation Awards Program to promote open source software (OSS) development within six projects that it is involved in. The company said that prizes are expected to total at least $1 million a year.