ExIm Bank Reauthorization Critical for US-Africa Business

ExIm Bank Reauthorization Critical for US-Africa Business

ExIm Bank Reauthorization Critical for US-Africa Business

The US Export-Import (ExIm) Bank has become the latest political football in Washington, as Democrats and Republicans argue over its value to the American economy. ExIm Bank is the US government’s export credit agency, which provides American companies with trade financing, insurance, and loan guarantees. In doing so, it assumes some of the risk inherent in international business and facilitates a greater volume of US trade flows. ExIm’s charter is set to expire on September 30, requiring a reauthorization by Congress in order to keep the 80 year-old agency alive. Though it is tied to a domestic government spending bill, ExIm Bank’s reauthorization is very much an international matter. Its fate is intrinsically linked to the future of U.S. business in Africa, as many US companies require government-backed support in order to do business on the continent.
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An interview with Muhammad Yunus: The godfather of microcredit shares his views – and concerns – about the sector

imageMoment Research Consultancy – Few individuals cast a longer shadow in the world of social enterprise than Nobel Laureate and Grameen Bank Founder Muhammad Yunus. We were grateful for the opportunity to interview him at the 17th Microcredit Summit earlier this month. Continue reading

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How it Works: Digital Finance and Solar Energy

In places where people live off the energy grid but use mobile money, such as small communities in Kenya, companies like Angaza Design are expanding access to energy via pay-as-you-go home solar units. “Pay-as-you-go is really attractive when you’re trying to target energy access at the base of the pyramid,” says Angaza’s Ellie Higham. Purchasing solar lights through mobile money accounts brings many benefits to families, including longer study hours for children, less money spent on inefficient sources of fuel – such as paraffin – and a convenient way of paying for energy access. Continue reading

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SmallBusinessWeek

"Our small businesses represent what is best about America—that with hard work and ingenuity, anyone—no matter their background—can build a better future for themselves and their families." —President Obama on National ‪#‎SmallBusinessWeek‬: http://go.wh.gov/VehbbZ

“Our small businesses represent what is best about America—that with hard work and ingenuity, anyone—no matter their background—can build a better future for themselves and their families.” —President Obama on National ‪#‎SmallBusinessWeek‬: http://go.wh.gov/VehbbZ

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How to turbo-charge Africa’s Internet

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Moment Research Consultancy – Africa has a unique opportunity to make the transition to Internet protocol data networks more quickly than other continents did. The continent could produce some of the cheapest data delivery in the world. But how can governments and regulators bring this about?

One day, everything will be data. Voice will not exist as a separate service needing different technology. The transition in developed countries has been relatively slow. However, at the international level, large amounts of calls now move through Internet protocol and multiprotocol label switching-based networks.

Every year, consumer software such as Skype and Viber are used by more of people. Growing numbers use Facebook and WhatsApp to convey the kinds of messages they used to send over SMS.

The transition has been slow. The industry is still protecting its old business model, while being sucked in by new forces they can’t resist. They don’t want to become “dumb pipes”, but everything points to the next big stage being about large, dumb-pipe providers.

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3D Printing: How The Technology Brings Energy And Hope To The Third World

imageCompanies are increasingly turning to 3D printers to manufacture their goods, and it seems the eco-friendly sector is now also turning to 3D printers to help bring low-cost, green technologies to the third world, including portable solar panels and bicycle-powered generators.

Two US companies, Peppermint Energy and Design For Hope, decided to use 3D printing technology made by Israeli-American 3D printing giant Stratasys in their development of green technologies, to provide new energy sources in parts of the world where electricity is unreliable.

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7 Innovative Products From Africa You Should Know

imageAfrican innovation is not yet getting the level of global recognition and support it truly deserves. The continent is brimming with a rising new generation of bold, creative-thinking innovators and entrepreneurs who are constantly inventing and developing new technologies that will simplify our daily lives and transform societies- technologies with global appeal and commercial viability in any part of the world. They deserve a closer look, and it’s time you took notice. Continue reading

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A $7 PC: Keepod Launches Project To Give African Slums Computer Access

imageWe’ve told you before about Israeli company Keepod, which enables you to carry your desktop anywhere on a simple USB flash drive . Now, the company has directed its technology towards a noble cause – helping the billions of people worldwide who have no access to a personal computer. The company is raising $38,000 using crowdfunding for the project. Continue reading

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Tel Aviv University Launches Challenge That Will See Young Israeli Entrepreneurs Help Developing World

imageInnovations in the fields of health, the environment, education and technology are continuously improving the lives of millions in the developed world, but the benefits are slower to reach third-world countries.

To make it easier for bright minds to access developing countries, Tel Aviv University yesterday launched the Pears Challenge – a competition for Israeli entrepreneurs that will provide training and support over three months for innovators of international development. The program’s scope will cover agriculture, water, health, renewable energy, education and information technology.

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Study: Heart Attacks Affect Poor People More Seriously

imageBy  Moment Research Consultancy 24, 2014

The wealthy like to say “more money, more problems,” but when it comes to health, it seems that could not be further from the truth. A recent study has shown that poor people are more likely to have a bad recovery from a heart attack than people who are better-off. Moreover, it turns out that people who live in poorer neighborhoods are also affected, even if they are financially stable.

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Developer markets

imageMobile minds, too

In 2014 the number of mobile-phone subscriptions will overtake the number of human beings, according to the International Telecommunication Union. Much of the growth will come from Africa and Asia, where getting a phone is only the first step: many millions more people will get online too. India and China will both launch “fourth generation” mobile broadband in 2014, with subscriptions priced well below those in the West, perhaps as low as $2 a month in India.

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Cell Buddy Promises One SIM Card For Calls Throughout The World

imageCell Buddy Promises One SIM Card For Calls Throughout The World

With the global village getting smaller every day, it starts to become inconceivable that our access to the Internet and local phone calls require a complicated network and chip change every time we cross borders. A new chip, developed by Israeli engineers hopes to change that.

The Tel Aviv startup company Cell Buddy is currently developing a universal SIM chip for roaming around the world, wherever you may roam.

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Israeli Startup Develops Wireless Mobile Chargers Using Infrared Light

imageIsraeli Startup Develops Wireless Mobile Chargers Using Infrared Light

Every cellphone owner has experienced the depressing moment when their battery dies at the most inconvenient of times. Veteran Israeli entrepreneurs Victor Vaisleib and Ortal Alpert joined together to create a radical solution to charge a phone without a charger – using infrared light.

Founded in in 2010, the Wi-Charge group has been working to create a safe wireless power transmitter that allows clients to charge their devices, using infrared radiation. Wi-Charge explains: “Our mission is to render mobile devices self-sufficient and free the users of the burden of frequent charging.”

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EU, Israel resolve dispute over research funding

imageIsrael will adhere to EU anti-settlement guidelines in order to get funding for research and high-tech

The European Union and Israel reached an agreement Tuesday that will enable the sides to sign the Horizon 2020 scientific cooperation agreement, after an impasse in negotiations threatened to deepen the crisis between the two.

The compromise deal was drafted by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton after marathon telephone negotiations.

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