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Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud computing division of Amazon, is expanding its presence in Africa by inviting early-stage fintech and fintech-adjacent startups to apply for their inaugural AWS FinTech Africa Accelerator program. The accelerator program will be hosted by AWS’ Startup Loft Accelerator and will exclusively focus on fintech startups operating in Africa. This comes after fintech startups in Africa raised over $2 billion USD in venture funding in 2022, making Africa’s fintech industry the top recipient of venture funding on the continent for several years. AWS has been operating in Africa since 2004 when it opened its first…

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Dubai’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced the launch of a new platform called “04” that aims to strengthen collaboration between the government and its customers to enhance the quality of government services. The platform will allow customers to provide feedback, suggestions and complaints in just three simple steps via an omnichannel experience. The Crown Prince said that being proactive is the key to the government of the future and that to become a proactive government, they must actively listen to the people and make informed decisions based on their input. He added that…

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Digital Industries (DI) has recently partnered with AVEVA Select to offer their customers in East and West Africa access to AVEVA’s complete portfolio of industrial software solutions. This partnership aims to help African businesses improve operational efficiency, drive better returns and increase sustainability. AVEVA Select partners are given the ability to offer their customers simplified designs, optimized production and improved performance. Through this partnership, DI will expand their ecosystem of customers and partners, aiming to adopt technologies that enable digital transformation. READ ALSO:ANB Capital to launch Nextgen Trading Platform in partnership with Direct Financial Network Company CBUAE Implements Central Bank…

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ANB Capital has partnered with Direct Financial Network Company (DirectFN) to launch the Nextgen Trading Platform (NTP), a press release announced. The platform is intended to improve ANB Capital’s trading offerings and provide both institutional and retail customers with a high-speed order management system. ANB Capital CEO Khalid Al Ghamdi expressed his desire to be a leader in Saudi Arabia’s brokerage sector, stating that the NTP launch was part of the company’s efforts to enhance the client experience. He added that it was a step towards staying at the forefront of technology advancements in the industry. READ ALSO:CBUAE Implements Central…

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The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) has partnered with G42 Cloud and R3 to implement its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Strategy. The CBUAE has engaged G42 Cloud as its infrastructure provider and R3 as its technology provider for the CBDC implementation. The CBDC is a risk-free form of digital money issued and guaranteed by the central bank, serving as a secure, cost-effective and efficient form of payment and a store of value. The CBUAE has successfully conducted several CBDC initiatives, including the “Aber” project with the Saudi Central Bank in 2020 and the “mBridge” project with…

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Celfocus, a technology solutions provider and Advansys, a global technology solutions provider, have successfully launched a technology development center in Egypt. The center will support Celfocus’ business operations in Europe and the Middle East. The Ambassador of Portugal in Egypt, Mr. Rui Tereno and CEO of Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), Eng. Ahmed ElZaher, attended the ceremony marking the launch. The technology development center has already achieved its first milestone by hiring a team of professionals and senior software developers in Cairo. This achievement showcases Egypt’s capabilities as a top global outsourcing destination, according to Ahmed Elzaher, CEO…

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Emirates NBD, a prominent banking group in the MENAT region, is collaborating with Plug and Play Abu Dhabi to seek out FinTech solutions to improve its risk management and cyber security models. The campaign is calling for leading FinTechs with advanced technological expertise to propose solutions that can enhance the bank’s risk management and cyber security capabilities. This partnership builds on Plug and Play Abu Dhabi’s long-standing relationship with the banking group. Emirates NBD has previously collaborated with the platform to bolster its open innovation ecosystem worldwide and Emirates Islamic partnered with the platform to drive innovation in the Islamic…

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AmiViz, the first enterprise B2B marketplace in the Middle East, has partnered with PolySwarm, the first marketplace for malware intelligence. The partnership means that PolySwarm’s threat intelligence platform is now available on the AmiViz B2B platform and accessible via a mobile app. PolySwarm utilises blockchain technology to crowdsource its malware feed and provide fresh, actionable threat intelligence that enterprises can use to combat emerging threats. The platform provides multi-engine scanning and file-based vulnerability assessments, as well as live and historical hunting capabilities. READ ALSO:GitHub’s Copilot adds chat and voice feature for improved developer assistance Binance Hosts Virtual Super Meet-Up in…

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Microsoft-owned GitHub has launched a chat and voice feature for its coding app Copilot, which uses OpenAI’s language-generation tools to provide assistance to software developers. The new version, Copilot X, allows developers to ask how to accomplish certain coding tasks and receive explanations, testing ideas and bug fixes in a chat window. The update also includes OpenAI’s latest language model, GPT 4, for increased accuracy rates. The app is optimised for speed, enabling developers to maintain their workflow while using the code-completion features. The update is available to developers on a waitlist for preview. READ ALSO:Binance Hosts Virtual Super Meet-Up…

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Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, hosted its first-ever virtual super meet-up in the MENA region with the participation of its Global CEO, Changpeng Zhao. During the session, Binance revealed the most loved features in the Middle East, including earn, savings and spot, which allow users to trade and save crypto. Binance also introduced new innovations and features to the ecosystem, with hundreds of small tweaks and introductions of new features launched in the first quarter of the year. Binance is always working on introducing new features to its ecosystem. READ ALSO:LandVault secures strategic funding round from…

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