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* Ghana’s former Energy Minister Kan Dapaah has been reshuffled into the Communications and Technology Portfolio. Perhaps he will now show some energy in resolving the VOIP dispute...Meanwhile Oystein Bjorge, the new MD of Ghana Telecom has reportedly ordered Chief Financial Officer Kwaku Awuah Boateng on extended leave. Its contract apparently specified that he would be able to appoint his own person to this post.

* Eng. Alaa El Din Mohamed Fahmy, the new Executive Director of the Egyptian National Telecom Regulatory Authority has previous work experience which involves the management of the Central Information Center of the Armed Forces; Director of the ICT sector in the Information and Decision Support Center and the management of an ICT private sector company.

* Gambian nominated member for the APRC Honourable Fatoumatta Jahumpa Ceesay has expressed concern over what she called the "harmful effects" posed on children by Internet Cafés, where they spend hours watching p****graphy. Honourable Jahumpa-Ceesay told her colleagues in the National Assembly during their adjournment debate last week that internet cafes are doing more harm to young Gambians than expected. She claimed that young Gambians visit internet café to surf the internet, "where they watch bad pictures". She also said the craze for p****graphy has not spared schools where donated computers are used by students to surf the internet for sexually explicit images that have a potential to damage their moral inclination.

* President Ben Ali last week received on Sadok Rabeh, the Minister of Communication Technologies and Transport, who briefed the Head of State on the ministry’s activities and projects in the two sectors. Apparently the Head of State enquired into the implementation of the decisions announced on the 15th anniversary of the Change to benefit the communications sectors, in particular, the reduction of the tariff for connection to the data transmission network for business enterprises and the project for the creation of one million supplementary telephone lines.

* AST Group has reported an interim headline loss of 9.05c a share. The results coincide with the resignation of Gerrie de Klerk as non-executive chairman and the announcement of talks aimed at recapitalising the group.