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Week commencing 7 August 2017
Chinese firm Tianjin Dredging will invest $500m to develop Uganda’s water transport sector. The company is expected to build cargo and passenger ships, as well as new ports and water ways to reduce the cost of business and boost Uganda’s tourism potential. Work for the project is expected to begin as soon as the company signs a contract with the government. Tianjin Dredging will also help recover the debris of a cargo ship that sunk in 2005 in Lake Victoria.
Daily Monitor 2 August
Safaricom has acquired a 260km stretch of fibre cable between Marsabit and the border town of Moyale in a bid to capture Kenyan internet users. Mauritius-based Bandwidth and Cloud Services sold the fibre cable to Safaricom for an undisclosed amount and the deal has received regulatory approval. The acquisition is also seen as a strategy to provide an additional redundancy route through Ethiopia in the event of outages on the Mombasa undersea cables.
Daily Nation 4 August
The province of the Oriental Region has approved Sound Energy’s plan to begin work on its gas export pipeline. The authorisation paves the way for the British oil and gas exploration specialist to focus on engineering and commercial activities, with the ultimate goal of transporting gas from Tendrara.
Morocco World News 1 August
The government has approved a contract to erect additional transmissions and distribution lines to transfer more electricity to Monrovia from the Mount Coffee Hydro Dam. Besides local government entities, stakeholders include the European Union Delegation to Liberia, ELTEL, the Swedish company contracted to implement the project and engineering firm Intec Gopa. €34m will be spent on engineering works while €1.5m will go towards monitoring and evaluation activities.
Daily Observer 1 August
Data solutions provider Intelics Solutions has restated its commitment to provide information technology solutions. The firm has partnered with India’s Writer Corporation, which will provide management software. The Mumbai-based firm will set up an information management centre in Lagos to bring a complete transfer of information from India into Nigeria and transform the information management landscape of the country.
The Guardian Nigeria 3 August