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roadblocksThe free flow of information in the East African Community (EAC) partner states is likely to reduce corruption and port delays, a minister has said. Rwanda’s Trade and Industry Minister Mr Kanimba Francois says once the bloc has clear procedures for clearing goods, intra-regional trade would be boosted.

Speaking in Kigali early in the week during the launch of an e-Portal, an online database that will hoist all information on existing rules of trade, procedures, duty, regulations and documents required for international trade within EAC, Kanimba said an understanding of how trade is conducted would speed up the clearing and movement of goods in the region.

MDG-BroadbandNov 02, 2011 (The Nation/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) -- The United Nations' Broadband Commission for Digital Development has endorsed global targets for broadband access. 

This comes at a time when broadband access in East Africa is still low, with the typical speeds yet to match those in the developed world, reports the Satellite web portal.

The broadband targets cover, affordability, policy, connectivity and general up-take, all of which are pegged on a four-year timeline, with the ITU measuring each country's progress yearly.

Southern_Africa_CountriesAfricanBrains is proud to announce, under the patronage of the Zimbabwe Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts & Culture, the launch of The Southern African ICT for Education Summit 2012 being held at the Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on 26-27 January 2012.

The Summit will be based around dedicated pre-scheduled meetings between the private sector, ministers and educationalists from the 15 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) plus Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, reports PR Web a London based web portal.

There's no guarantee that all MPs know how to use iPadsThe Parliament in Uganda yesterday disowned plans by Uganda Communications Commission, the regulator of the communications industry in the country, to use Rural Communication Development Fund project money to buy iPads (high-class handheld computing gadgets) for MPs.

The Daily Monitor, quoting "sources close to the deal" reports that UCC plans to order for 385 iPads for MPs each expected to cost $1,200 (Shs3m). The deal is being fronted by Igeme Nabeta, the chairperson of the ICT committee in Parliament.

MAKERERE University has successfully tested the first electric car to be made in Uganda. The two seated car is a project by the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology.
Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Tickodri –Togboa who heads the project said the University was now targeting a 36 seater which is a bus.
“We wanted to demonstrate we are capable. After, we shall scale up and produce a seven-seater. It is this version that will become commercial,” Togboa explained.
The Kiira EV does not use fuel. The front-wheel drive has 18 horse-power and can reach top speeds of 60km per hour.
He said the electric car will use a lithium iron specialised battery like the one used in hybrid cars like Toyota Prius. The battery can take the car for a distance of 80km. However, the planned 7-seater vehicle will use electric and solar power that is capable of travelling 200km before recharging.
Togboa declined to give the cost of the car saying most of the funds went to procurement of inputs and allowances for human resource. He said the design started in 2009 while the assembling commenced in April this year.
The car’s body was fabricated out of fiberglass which is said to be durable. The university procured most of the steel materials from the Uganda and used the standard wheel system.
The Vehicle Design Project is among the over 20 innovation projects funded under the Presidential Initiative at the university. Under the initiative, the Government earmarked sh25b to the college of engineering to fund technological research over five years.
This is the second time Makerere students and lecturers participate in building affordable cars. The first case was in 2008 when a group of students partly designed an energy-efficient prototype vehicle, Vision 200. The car was exhibited at the World Design Capital in Torino, Italy in 2009. From Italy it was taken to Belgium and its now at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US because Makerere could not repatriate it.

The Kiira EV car does not use fuelMAKERERE University has successfully tested the first electric car to be made in Uganda. The two seated car is a project by the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Tickodri –Togboa who heads the project said the University was now targeting a 36 seater which is a bus.

domain_nameThe international organization that governs top-level Internet domain names is taking bids on the creation of “.africa”. Supporters say it will promote African businesses better than individual country names such as “dot-ke” for Kenya or “dot-za” for South Africa, reports Inform Africa.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – or ICANN – is in a period of change following the announcement six months ago that Internet domains currently dominated by dot-coms will be opened up to dot-anything.

Now that Google has officially switched to its new version of Google Reader, complete with Google+ integration, the company is facing the righteous fury of a social network it barely seemed to recognize: the Sharebros.

This small but maniacally dedicated community of Google Reader users was able to share stories and comments with each other until Monday, when the new version of Reader forced them to start using Google+. But the Sharebros are not taking the snub lying down, reports Mashable.com

kiira_evMakerere University students will this afternoon test drive their first electric car after three years in the making.

The Kiira EV, designed and engineered by Design, Art and Technology students, is the first electric vehicle to be made in Uganda. 

schneiderNAIROBI – October 24th, 2011 - Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management,  introduced StruxureWare for Data Centers, a management software suite designed to address all aspects of the data centre physical infrastructure needed to maximise availability and efficiency.

StruxureWare for Data Centers combines Schneider Electric’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) and Data Center Facility Management (DCFM) software tools to provide data gathering, monitoring and automation, and planning and implementation functionalities enabling an integrated and multifaceted view of all the mission critical physical systems of the data centre.

sorot_officeUnknown thieves over the weekend broke into MTN main office in Soroti Town and stole air time worth 60 million shillings.

The manager, Sam Eegu, confirmed that the burglars also broke two safes and stole unspecified amount of money: reports New Vision. 

Sam Eegu says the thugs used sharp metals for breaking the safes after they managed to access it through my office.