*   Chair of Arivia.kom Nigeria Professor Pat Utomi launched its corporate strategy last week: "The business is characterised by large, end-to-end IT outsource agreements, the deployment of turn-key business solutions and the provision of niche solutions," said Utomi. He stated that the company specialises in solutions and integration, rather than commodities adding that the group's partnerships form integral part of its business model.

  The company Chairman further disclosed that the group's focus is high-end business technology solutions that support the public sector and large private sector corporate. Arivia.Kom Chief Executive Officer, Alistair McGlashan remarked the company placed a high priority on the satisfaction and meeting client requirements, and pays particular attention to its ability to provide cost effective and professional solutions, delivering efficient services, and utilizing streamlined processes for managing its outsource clients.

  *   Women must be encouraged to celebrate and use technology to improve their lives, said South Africa's Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks told a conference in Kimberly this weekend. Hendricks said at the Technology Women in Business (TWIB) conference in the Northern Cape that women need to celebrate the advances they had made in the field of technology, and that they should work to ensure more women accessed the sector.

  *   Nigerian telecoms operator Vee Networks, which trades as Vmobile, has appointed a new acting chairman. Vee Networks says Dr Ismaila Adebayo Adewusi has been appointed by the board of directors to replace Oba Otudeko, who has chaired the board since its inception. The appointment of Adewusi, who is the Lagos state commissioner for finance, was announced – along with the appointment of Gamaliel Onosode as a company director – at the organisation's board meeting, held in Lagos last week.