Today, Strathmore University Business School and JGI-University of Bristol UK are proud to announce their official partnership. This collaboration increases the options for credible and high-quality academic, research and training between institutions to develop mutually beneficial, creative and productive scholarly activities in the field of data science.
Dr George Njenga the Executive Dean- Strathmore University Business School and Professor Kate Robson Brown, Director, JGI-University of Bristol during the signing ceremony
The teams from both universities will be working together to share expertise on how data science can be used to address challenges relevant to the African context based on a ‘people exchange’ through data science knowledge and capacity building across various channels, from government, the private sector, media and across disciplines.
“This partnership will strengthen our role as an institution in bringing the power of new technologies and innovations to areas such as agriculture, wildlife, and enhance skills in the use of geospatial information to address some of Kenya’s oldest problems,” says Dr Njenga.
Professor Kate Robson Brown said “Developing data science capacity in Kenya and the region is key to addressing some of the greatest societal challenges facing the community, and will also unlock economic opportunities of significant benefit. It is an honour and a pleasure to be working with our colleagues at Strathmore University to achieve these goals.”
The partnership will include exchange of ideas and set goals within sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, wildlife conservation, disaster response, geospatial modelling, communications, and economics. There are plans to enhance the existing data science and data intensive research communities and foster interdisciplinary research work to connect researchers and facilitate research projects.
Kenya Botswana ties to strengthen after State Visit
The Botswana head of state on his three-day state visit, was formally received on Tuesday morning by President Kenyatta at a colorful ceremony at a State House Nairobi. President Masisi received a 21-gun salute and a parade of honor, preserved for visiting Heads of State.
The meeting between the two heads of state witnessed the signing of agreements which cover three key pacts between the two countries; bilateral trade, air transport and ICT.
The non-double taxation agreement was also signed signed by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma representing Kenya and Internal Affairs and Co-operation Minister Unity Dow representing Botswana.
Botswana vows to support an endorse Kenya’s bid for a seat at the UN security Council once the opportunity arise later in the year out of “trust” that Kenya would support it, too, in other international bids.
Botswana will vote before Kenya votes itself in. This is out of a desire to further nourish our friendship because we trust you with your willingness to engage with our issues that need broad discussions at the United Nations,” he said during a briefing with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi said his private talks with President Kenyatta and the bilateral meeting between their respective delegations goes to strengthen the close historic ties between the two countries. This is seen after the signing of an unimplemented MoU between the states in 2006.
In 2018, Botswana exported goods worth 182, 406 U.S. dollars to Kenya and these goods mostly consisted of vehicles, tractors, articles of textiles and plastics, according to statistics published by Xhinua.
“I wish to reiterate Kenya’s commitment to continued co-operation with Botswana, both at the bilateral and multilateral levels, to further deepen our bonds of co-operation and friendship,” President Kenyatta said at the breifing.
Deputy President William Ruto was also in attendance.
Farmers Should Capitalize on the New KCC for Profits, Uhuru Kenyatta
The president said local factories are a key component to ensuring economic growth
”Let us consider rearing grade cows that will help us boost the milk production that will enough for us and even get to where we can export to neighbouring countries as well as the Gulf states and Arabia,” said Kenyatta.
The President also promised to revamp and set into operation other factories that had collapsed in order to address the unemployment challenge and boost the economy
“There is now the third factory we are revamping after Eldoret, Sotik and we have now expanded this new plant in Dandora, which later we will revamp Nyahururu and the one in Kiganjo,” he adds.
He also warned the new management of Kenya’s second-biggest milk processor against financial crisis like their predecessors had done.
“I want our directors to know that last time it was your predecessors who collapsed this factory, please ensure that the money that we have invested in this process benefits farmers and Kenyans at large. Be loyal to these farmers who have trusted you with those positions,” Kenyatta also said.
In March, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission received complaints about KCC boss Nixon Sigey and had instituted an investigation.
He was accused of using Sh2.6 million to hire a helicopter to ferry Deputy President William Ruto and Trade Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed to Nyahururu, Kiganjo, and Eldoret in August last year.
Former New Kenya Cooperative Creameries Matu Wamae was also on the spotlight last year over Sh1.7 billion loss claims.
In May New Kenya Cooperative Creameries Matu Wamae exited the company after serving for 15 years to pave way for the new management.
Lipa na Mpesa partners with Petro Oil Kenya
Petro Oil Kenya in collaboration with Mpesa by Safaricom has launched a new Lipa na Mpesa cashback system in Mombasa.
The campaign which is set to run for three months will see motorists who purchase fuel using the Lipa na Mpesa platform get cash rewards.
Speaking at a Petro Oil LTD station in Mombasa, Mr Ben King’ori, the Chief Executive Officer of the company said that every customer who makes fuel purchases of over sh. 1,000 will get a 1% cash reward on the amount spent.
The promotion will run in all the 32 Petro Oil stations across the country. Mr. Ben acknowledged that the initiative is a small way of giving back to the community given the high cost of living and the recent hike in fuel prices.
The price of fuel increased when the Energy and Petroleum Regulation Authority (EPRA), announced new rates earlier this week.
Foreigners to be deported for operating betting firms illegally
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has signed deportation orders on 17 directors involved in gambling, to be effected immediately.
Majority of these deportees are Europeans who have violated work permits engaging in business not stated on the application.
In May, Mr. Matiang’i issued a list to the Inspector General of Police and the Director of Criminal Investigations for review of directors of betting companies in a move intended to rid the country of those with work permits not authorized for gambling.
“The Europeans violated work permits by engaging in business not stated on applications,” Wangui Muchiri a spokeswoman for the ministry said Tuesday., “The deportation orders are immediate.”
The CS, during a betting control and licensing stakeholders meeting, said that almost 100 per cent of the revenue raised by the gaming and betting firms owned by foreigners is repatriated to their home countries. It is estimated that the industry turns around KSH. 200 billion annually.
The government has lately intensified a crackdown on gambling in the country, and has even ordered mobile telecommunication companies to shut down short codes operated by betting firms, sparking outrage from the firms which have already filed a challenge in court.
some of the firms affected include Lucky 2 U, Asian Betting and Gaming Ltd, Kick Off Sports Bar Ltd, Mozzarbet Kenya Ltd, Atari Gaming Ltd, Millionnaire Sports Bet Ltd, Premier Betting Ltd, Advanced Innovation Ltd, Sekunde Technologies among others. All insist they are being targeted unfairly while claiming that they pay requisite taxes as required by law.