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- The Rwanda Information and Technology Authority (RITA) has been put under the President's Office, and will now be reporting directly to the Minster in President's Office in charge of Science, Technology, Scientific Research and ICT, Prof. Romain Murenzi.

- The government of Ethiopia is finalizing preparation to construct the first of its kind Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Park near the Bole International Airport. The assessment and "high-level" design of the project is being undertaken by one of India's giant ICT companies called Witro in collaboration with the US-based technology firm, Cisco.

- The Nigerian Computer Society ( NCS) has concluded plans to organise an IT quiz competition for secondary schools. Explaining the reason for the quiz competition, Mr. Uwadia said that one of the challenges NCS faced was developing the youth and creating gender empowerment programmes as a way of ensuring a solid sustainable future for the IT industry in Nigeria.

- In Burkina Faso, the Ministry of Economy and Finance is looking at ways to exempt micro-finance organisation from paying taxes on IT equipment purchases.

- Tunisia’s Higher Council of Digital Economy met the first time this week to discuss the legal framework of digital economy. The organisation has been set up to co-ordinate between the parties concerned with the development of digital economy, and to think over means to speed up the pace of setting up appropriate enterprises in this field and increase their competitive capacity. The ICT sector generates at present 10% of the country’st GDP. The aim is to reach 13.5% in 2011.

- This week, OpenLogic announced that it would be running a global census to collect and share quantitative data to count how many enterprise installations there are in the world for each open source software package.

- Investment in Egypt's ICT sector is set too reach $960 million by the end of 2007, and $1.3 billion by 2011, according to a report from UK analysts, Business Monitor International (BMI). Much of the growth in Egypt's ICT sector is attributed to BPO, with the BMI report predicting that Egypt's IT service sector, which includes BPO, will reach $278 million by end of 2007, and will increase to $379 million in 2011.