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- The United Kingdom Engineering Council has given the Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) a full accreditation to offer its engineering qualifications through City and Guilds of London, the body that runs the UK Engineering Council Examinations worldwide.

- In Nigeria, a new programme named “e-skills and Your Career” has just been introduced on radio by Jidaw Systems Ltd, an ICT human resources and consulting firm. The programme, broadcasted on Wednesdays at 11:40a.m. on Metro FM 97.6 radio station, focuses is on developing skills and career opportunities provided through Information and Communication Technology.

- Cisco has reported that the company has set aside Sh1.3 billion to invest in Kenya over the next 24 months to beef up its administration and equipment. At the same time, the firm also announced plans to increase its academies in the country. In partnership with the ministry of Science and Technology, an additional 15 polytechnics will be incorporated into the network. Currently, most local universities have an integrated Cisco network syllabus in their curriculum.

- An Indian global consulting and information technology service provider, Satyam, has become the fourth sponsor after Anheuser-Busch, McDonald's and MTN to sign up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

- Morocco has opened a ICT training centre in the southern city of Guelmim. The centre with a capacity of 700 trainees will aim at providing youths with qualifications adapted to the needs of the market.

- A special fund to support the development of e-government in East Africa could soon be established if industry players in the region have their way. Participants at a regional e-government forum in Nairobi said that the lack of funding has slowed down the adoption of e-government in the region.

- Tunisia and Syria have signed last week a co-operation in the information and communication technologies field with a particular emphasis on electronic services, applications and postal and financial systems.

- The Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Abuja and the London Metropolitan University, UK have agreed to collaborate on academic post graduate degrees programs in digital communication and computer networking.

- Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon has be chosen as the centre of the Francophone African Network for Telemedicine (RAFT UNFM).

- Mozilla has announced the release Firefox 3.0 Beta 1, intended for testing purposes to gain feedback before developing the browser further. Although still buggy, it features improved security, easier use, improved performance, a better platform for developers and more customisation options.

- Chanchangi Airlines in Nigeria has said that it will upgrade its facilities to meet up with the May 2008 deadline given by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the implementation of e-ticketing.

- Egyptian government has announced the selection of SAP as its strategic IT provider for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. A multi-million dollar five-year agreement beginning 2008, a four-year deal with Egyptian National Postal Organization (ENPO)National Postal Organization (ENPO). In addition, both parties intend to establish a partnership for a certified SAP customer support center in Egypt in an effort to boost job creation.