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Dr. Al-Swail launches e-Government booth at GITEX 2012

Dr. Mohamed Bin Ibrahim Al-Swail, President of King Abdulaziz City for Sciences and Technology, has launched today the e-Government booth at GITEX 2012, which includes 10 different government agencies that present their e-Services. This came in parallel with opening Saudi GITEX exhibition 2012 on behalf of Eng. Mohamed Jamil Bin Ahmad Mulla, Minister of Communications and Information Technology. The booth …

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Islam Analysis: Knowledge economies remain elusive

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 21 May 2012. Creative thinking critical in a move towards    knowledge based economies for Islamic countries. In 2003, the UN Development Programme issued a second edition of its Arab Human Development Report (AHDR). This highlighted the importance of countries spending more on research and development as the World moves toward a third …

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Libya and FAO renew commitment to develop the country’s agriculture and food security

Libya and FAO have commited themselves to work together to develop the country’s agricultural sector and improve food security, signing a cooperation agreement at FAO headquarters. Under the agreement, Libya will provide $71 million in funding needed to develop different areas, such as plant and animal health and production, pesticide management, seed development, natural resource management, capacity building and institutional …

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Leading Telecommunications Player Launches Mobile Network in Africa

Viettel launches its first African mobile Network in Mozambique and is seeking opportunities to expand investment in other African countries.   • Viettel, one of the world’s fastest growing telecom operators, launches its first African mobile Network in Mozambique and is seeking opportunities to expand investment in other African countries. •  In Just over a year, Viettel has helped propel …

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Rio+20 must push past politics with achievable targets

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 16 May 2012. Some countriess are worried that signing up to Sustainable Development Goals might force restrictions on them using their natural resources or force them into spending money they don’t have.  Negotiators at Rio+20 hope to assuage these fears and reconcile development and sustainability. Officials meeting at the UN Conference on Sustainable …

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Africa may struggle to extract groundwater, experts say

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 15 May 2012. New technologies required to extract ground water as many of the aquifiers found are deep underground. This will require political will, as these technologies will require significant funding.    Vast groundwater resources have been revealed in Africa by the first continent-wide quantitative maps. But the resources may not be easily …

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Supporting Inclusive Business Models in East Africa

The Business Call to Action (BCtA), will host a panel discussion and reception featuring senior representatives from two of Kenya’s leading companies, Equity Bank and Safaricom. The event will take place at Sarova Stanley, Wednesday, May 16 at 18:00. Attendees at this event will hear private sector representatives speak about current trends in East Africa’s inclusive business landscape and have …

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Science academies urge action on environmental issues

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 15 May 2012. G8 countries to meet and discuss ways of integrating research and policy with regards to food security, energy needs and water supply. These issues are deemed the most important that have not yet been tackled by the G science initiative. Governments are to be supported by science academies to achieve …

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MEEZA Takes ‘The reality of the cloud services In Qatar’ to regional levels

MEEZA , the leading IT services and solutions provider in Qatar, has showcased the success of their recently launched services tailor-made for Commercial Bank of Qatar clients, during the region’s premiere cloud services event in Abu Dhabi. The bank’s customers will be able to access a full portfolio of localized Cloud applications, including Payroll, E-mail, Document Management, and Web Hosting solutions. …

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Africa’s hidden scourge needs an integrated approach

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 14 May 2012. Excessive tillage and poor irrigation systems exacerbate Buruli ulcer. The Benin branch of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture are to research how the bacterium is transmitted to humans. Buruli ulcer could spread as agriculture intensifies in Africa, making prevention research vital, says agro-eco-health expert Rousseau Djouaka. The intensification of lowland agriculture has been …

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