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How Global Connections Are Progressing Rwanda’s Gaming Industry

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Not only in Africa, but across the world, gaming revenues are on the rise. From 2020 to 2025, Mordor Intelligence states that the continent’s game-related sector will enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 12%. As such, this progression will likely provide the catalyst for the emergence of further video game developers.

Of those countries that will benefit, Rwanda is laying the foundations for a fruitful gaming future. In years gone by, the gross gaming revenue of around £7.6 million was put back into the economy due to the costs of various start-up operations. However, as time has progressed and profits have enhanced, Rwanda can now establish itself as a gaming hub in Africa. Interestingly, however, the land-locked country isn’t developing on its own. So, let’s consider how partnerships are proving advantageous to Rwanda’s gaming sector.

DopeApps’ Partnership with Suponic Global

In September 2020, Rwanda showcased its intent to further its local gaming industry through establishing global partnerships. In particular, DopeApps, a local start-up, formed a relationship with Suponic Global. According to the American company’s website, they’re striving to create a profitable eSports industry that connects gamers from all across the globe through blockchain technology. At face value, this could prove to be a significant move regarding Rwanda’s gaming future.

Having partnered with DopeApps, a Rwanda-based gaming company, the pair will seek to develop Suponic Global’s cryptocurrency, Suponic Game Credit. As per All Africa, this concept is currently in operation across more than 300 different titles. Should it be implemented in the African country, it will ensure that in-game assets can’t only be bought, sold and traded, but owned by the player.

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that DopeApps have secured an overseas partnership. Previously, they linked-up with Goethe Institut, a cultural organisation in Germany, to create and mobile and web-based game, ILAGIK. Over the last few years, forming relationships to boost the continent’s gaming scene has become increasingly common. For example, back in 2017, BongoHive partnered with Liquid Telecom as part of an initiative to provide faster internet speeds and better cloud services.

An On-the-Rise eSports Sector

Aside from the ever-growing number of partnerships occurring within Rwanda, a local eSports-orientated approach also looks set to enhance the industry’s growth. Although Suponic Global will help competitive gaming progression, The New Times indicates that Africa will hold its first eSports tournament in February 2021. It speaks volumes about Rwanda’s gaming growth that the Rwanda Esports Organisation and Enter Africa Rwanda will manage the event.

Fascinatingly, the competition won’t just provide a welcome boost to Rwanda’s game-related sector, but it will also help put Africa on the map. Along with featuring Rwandan players, the tournament – which will consist of Call of Duty: Mobile, FIFA 21, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2021 Mobile – will also welcome other players from across Africa.

The event will occur virtually, and it’s expected that Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and many more countries will have representatives competing. South Africa’s proposed inclusion shouldn’t come as a surprise, as they’ve long been a central player in expanding the continent’s gaming industry. As per a report from IOL, the fact that the country’s gaming sector is forecast to grow by 18% between 2020 and 2022 reflects this.

Aside from playing a leading role in heightening interest in mainstream console games, South Africa is also at the forefront of operations regarding Africa’s online casino industry. Interestingly, the most popular online games in South Africa are available at many of the bonus-offering websites listed at Casinos.co.za. Through platforms like Punt Casino and Yeti Casino, players can browse through a wide-ranging library of digital titles, ranging from blackjack to roulette, slots, video poker, and much more.

Progression Appears Likely

Following the local and overseas connections that Rwanda have formed over the last few years, the foundations are now in place to take the country’s gaming sector to the next level. Ultimately, placing eSports-driven strategies at the forefront of their plans will boost Africa’s global reputation within the industry. Also, it will showcase the continent’s talented players. Because of that, the future undoubtedly looks bright for Rwanda from a gaming standpoint.

 

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Kagame Advocates For Investment Into Africa’s Agriculture Value Chain

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Agriculture and agri-business, especially in Africa, will drive the continent’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, President Paul Kagame has said.

“This is especially true as we work to make
up for the time lost to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said adding that, “Each country and region must chart its own pathway to transformation, but this is also a global challenge that we must address together.”

Kagame was speaking in his capacity as the Chair of the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD, Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee at the official ceremony of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 Pre-Summit.

In Africa, he continued, 70% of the working-age population is employed in the agricultural sector.

“But our continent’s food markets are often fragmented, and links to food processing and value addition services are sometimes lacking,” the President said.

He noted that digital technologies and biotechnology are playing a greater role in African agriculture, but too many farmers do not yet have reliable access.

And that financial services and products for farmers, including insurance, are generally inadequate.

“As a result, Africa’s food producers do not earn the level of income that they deserve, and they must cope with high levels of economic risk and uncertainty,” Kagame added.

According to the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley, 41 million people are on the brink of famine today.

“Planet earth, shame on us that we let a single person go to bed hungry,” said.

“We have the expertise to end hunger, but we urgently need the money. This is a global call to action – all hands on deck,” he added.

Transformation is a necessity, according to Presidemt Kagame.

This is why the African Union Development Agency, NEPAD, has worked to facilitate an African Common Position in advance of the Food Systems Summit, in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.

Kagame offered two proposition.

Africa will pursue solutions in the following priority tracks:

One, adopt nutritious food policies, establish food reserves, and expand school feeding programs.

Two, support local markets and food supply chains, invest in agro-processing for healthy foods, and expand trade in food products within Africa.

The UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for the UN’ Food Systems Summit, Agnes M. Kaliba,  told participants that the summit is much very powerful than she thought.

“The energy,  and hopes in each room today were palpable!. We need to leverage the incredible power of food to deliver a step change in the SDGs- this is a one in a generation opportunity,” she said.

Myrna Cunningham, speaking for Indiginous People, said that, “Our current Food Systems is based on extreme irresponsibility; We need a food system that is based on rights including Economic empowerement and rights and rights to land.”

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Airtel Rwanda MD Steps Down

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It is learnt through reliable sources that Amit Chawla has decided to step down after completing a three-year term as Managing Director for Airtel Rwanda.

Normally, he would have had his contract extended or rotated to another operation in the company’s footprints, but a source told Taarifa that he is leaving the industry to do other businesses.

A new executive will be announced soon, it is said.

Amit, who took over the newly merged entity on August 31, 2018, during which time he oversaw the achievements of several milestones.

Chief among his accomplishments include the consolidation of the brand Airtel after the takeover of Tigo, its people, products and services as well as modernization of the country’s network, a project that saw the expansion of the Airtel Rwanda Network and saw the consolidation of Airtel’s reputation as the internet provider of choice for Mobile Internet in Rwanda.

During his time with the organization as MD, Airtel Rwanda oversaw great changes. Under his leadership, programs grew and services became more easily available to all customers.

Chawla led the company’s pandemic response that saw Airtel Rwanda direct its CSR budget towards governments efforts to tackle the initial response to the Global pandemic.

Under his leadership, Airtel has gained a reputation for launching ground breaking and bold campaigns such as the recent Va Kugiti Campaign that generated a lot of buzz in the Rwandan market.

Chawla, also oversaw the successful roll out of the Airtel Money Branch (AMB) concept, with 71 shops opened in Kigali alone.

The AMB’s concept has completely revolutionized the proximity of a telecom operator to her network of Agents and Freelancers, enabling them to access up to Rwf5 million within walking distance.

Chawla was unavailable for comment.

 

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First Chinese Electric Car To Reach Europe Disrupts Markets

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Chinese automaker Aiways has resorted to livestreaming its all-electric cars to potential clients across the globe.

“The design is very simple and uncluttered,” one of the presenters said as she detailed the U5’s design and capabilities. “The car is modern, and even the mode of distribution is modern.”

“Modern” distribution here means replicating the “live commerce” experience of Aiways’ home country — using livestreaming events to drum up interest and sales online. The company ships its cars through local partners to customers in Europe from its factory in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi.

That arrangement helps Aiways keep prices down. The U5 is priced from around 39,000 euros ($46,000), 10% to 15% cheaper than its rivals, according to the company.

Alexander Klose, the Aiways executive vice president in charge of overseas operations says, “We have some challenges, but overall, I would say it has been fairly positive for us, and we have seen a fairly positive recognition.”

Aiways is not alone: A growing number of Chinese EV makers are setting their sights on overseas markets — and they intend to compete on quality as much as price.

BYD, the Chinese automaker backed by U.S. investment guru Warren Buffett, is betting on Norway. It shipped its first 100 European-specification SUVs to dealers there this June, and it plans to deliver 1,500 by the end of the year.

Like Aiways, BYD is keen to take advantage of overseas consumers’ improving perception of Chinese products.

“We are not going to make the same mistakes as other Chinese brands did more than 10 years ago in the European theater. They tried to launch vehicles in a very cheap and rushed way, without being fully prepared,” a BYD spokesperson told Nikkei Asia.

“Most people haven’t heard of BYD until now, so it is more important to do things right than [to] start talking about [sales volume].”

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