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- Mandriva Linux, the global editor of Linux distribution has incorporated a subsidiary, Mandriva Linux West Africa Limited with headquarters in Lagos. The objective behind the establishment of ICT firm's office in the sub region is to ensure the distribution of Mandriva Linux and other integrated Open Source application in English and French Languages throughout the West African region.

- Microsoft West, East & Central Africa (WECA) has denied claims that the software vendor has entered into a development agreement with Afrosoft, a Zimbabwean software developer. An article that appeared in the local Press last December detailed an apparent deal between Microsoft and Afrosoft, stating, among other claims, that the latter had been contracted to develop software for the former in a five-year deal worth US$80 million.

- Since 2002, the El Ghazala technological park, one of Tunisia 's major technological parks specializing in ICT's , has doubled its volume of activities. The number of enterprises has grown from 25 units in 2002 to 51 in 2006. This growth has been concomitant with an increase of recruitment of a highly skilled labor force. The number of employed has significantly increased from 517 in 2002 to 1200 in 2006.