The Irish Exporters Association last week met with a group of ICT and telecoms providers to explore new strategies to exploit the opportunities in African markets.
"Africa now has more than 650 million mobile phone subscribers. That's more than either the United States or the European Union and it's a market that has seen unprecedented growth", said Bryan Delaney, chairman of the IEA's Africa Trade Council.
"The internet bandwidth has grown 20-fold, but there remains major infrastructural gaps and with, for example, only 3 per cent of Nigeria currently supplied with broadband, the opportunities are vast for creative suppliers."
The meeting heard from Dick Spring, chairman of Kerry-based Altobridge, that they are working closely with Intel and Qsat to increase broadband supply and to open the African markets for education and commercial products.
GAIETY ANNOUNCES ADULT ACTING CLASSES
The Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland has announced its latest adult classes.
Courses such as introduction to drama, acting for camera and stand-up comedy make a welcome return alongside some newly developed courses and day-long workshops.
More details at gaietyschool.com or facebook.com/gaietyschool or telephone 01 679 9277, lo-call 1890 258 358.
OCTOBER NEW-CAR SALES UP TWO PER CENT
New car sales for October were up two per cent on October last year, while sales for the year are still down six per cent.
Suzanne Sheridan, of car industry group SIMI, said: "While the industry had a boost from the mid-year 132 number plate, it doesn't hide the fact that it has been a very difficult year with sales about half of normal levels."
SCHOOLS' ANTI-RACISM POLICY PUBLISHED
Students, parents, teachers and managers must be vigilant to keep racism out of the classroom, playgrounds and sports fields, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland as it published a draft anti-racism policy for schools.
The council is publishing the document to assist schools in ensuring the issue of racism is adequately responded to in anti-bullying policies.
The template sets out procedures for the identification and reporting of incidents as well as the supports needed when an incident occurs.