Web And Mobile Data News - In Brief

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- Macromedia's Contribute underpins the operational success of the Web portal of the Botswana government's Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) (www.finance.gov.bw). Contribute, available through Macromedia distributor, Dax Data, enables anyone to easily update and publish content to existing Web sites in minutes without knowing HTML, while offering Web professionals the control they need to lock down site design, layout and code. "Departmental information is more organised and streamlined and we are very happy with the end result. We have received positive feedback from the public and organisations accessing the site on a regular basis," says Felix Kabwe, IT manager at MFDP

- The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) had announced the launch of a new service on the CCA website, which will offer the companies easy access to resources and funding opportunities to initiate and strengthen private sector HIV/AIDS initiatives in Africa. CCA President, Stephen Hayes had said that the U.S. corporations invested in Africa must play an integral role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS initiative taken by the CCA on the website named www.africacncl.org will permit their team to be more effective in assisting members to develop and implement effective HIV/AIDS business plans.

- Esite consultancy firm has unveiled an Internet-based website. The site, www.businessexchange.co.ke is designed to offer business information to dealers in the small and medium scale retail sector. "We want to deliver great value and superior service to the middle-market, which is either underserved or overcharged," Mr Erick Igambi, the firm's CEO said in a statement recently. "We aim to have a low cost structure and pass on these advantages to customers, day in and out, with better pricing." Igambi said the new development is meant to refine the quality of services the firm offers to its clients.

- New online bookstore Loot.co.za says it is showing rapid growth, with a satisfactory fourth quarter in 2004. Loot.co.za recorded its best sales month in November since its launch a little over a year ago. Michael van Rooyen, founder of Loot.co.za, says his company's sales were double the normal level in October and November, outstripping the industry growth of around 30% during the festive season. "People are slowly getting to know that we exist. With our catalogue now approaching 1.5 million titles we expect strong growth to continue in 2005."