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The Ethiopian government, through the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MINT), has signed a memorandum of understanding with the American satellite company Orion Applied Science and Technology (Orion AST). The agreement focuses on the development of Ethiopia’s capabilities in the space industry.

Read more: Orion AST and MINT Sign Strategic MoU to Develop Ethiopia’s Space Industry

Tanzania will introduce a digital tax this year, the country's finance minister said, in a move targeting global internet giants offering services in the East African nation. The 2% tax will come into effect in July and follows similar attempts by other countries to force US multinational tech companies to pay at least a portion of their revenues in local tax.

Read more: Tanzania Imposes New Digital Tax

GhIPSS, Ghana's banking association, launched GhanaPay, a mobile money service designed to increase financial inclusion. According to the GhIPSS website, the mobile money service is provided by local “universal banks, rural banks, and savings and loans companies to individuals and businesses.”

Read more: Ghana Launches New Mobile Money Service

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has implemented a new traffic monitoring and revenue assurance system to stem financial leakages from telecom services. The new tool will also be used to curb fraudulent activities in the telecoms sector, such as illegal call routing.

Read more: POTRAZ Launches a New Monitoring System

Africa data centres, part of the Cassava Technologies Group, a pan-African technology group, announced building a 30MW data centre facility in Accra, Ghana. The new facility will lay the groundwork for the company’s hyper-scale partners to expand digital services and solutions to more countries in West Africa and will make Africa data centres the largest provider in West Africa, with facilities in Nigeria, Togo and Ghana. 

Read more: New 30MW data centre facility in Ghana to help bridge Africa’s digital divide

Tanzania will benefit from China's support in promoting the distribution of ICT (information and communication technologies). The two parties signed a partnership agreement that focuses on the adoption and development of the fifth-generation (5G) mobile technology in the country.

Read more: Tanzania Partners with China to Boost Digital Economy

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