Wrap-Up: Our pick of main stories, Wednesday May 6th, 2015

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Raila Odinga to unveil new website in readiness for 2017 elections… Merck unveils Kshs 10.2 million e-Health initiative in Kenya……. KCB Group to focus on digital platforms as region goes cashless….and much more.

Raila Odinga to unveil new website in readiness for 2017 elections

Raila Odinga, the CORD leader, is set to enhance his online presence by launching his new website – http://www.rao.co.ke – on Friday May 8. The announcement was made through Mr. Odinga’s official Facebook account, through a status update, that highlighted his personal joy towards this endeavor and informed his followers that it is all in an aim to be much more accessible to them.

Merck unveils Kshs 10.2 million e-Health initiative in Kenya

Merck, a global provider of innovative and quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, in partnership with Kenya Ministry of Health, today kicked off the first e-diagnostic and consultation clinics at both Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi and Machakos Level 5 Hospital as part of the e-health initiative in Africa. Merck has invested Kshs 10.2 million in the e-Health initiative which is part of Merck’s 5-year Capacity Advancement Program (CAP). The CAP was launched by Merck in 2012 to expand healthcare capacity in the areas of research and development, supply-chain integrity and efficiency, pharma-covigilance, medical education, and community awareness in Africa and developing countries.

KCB Group to focus on digital platforms as region goes cashless

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) is set to shift its focus to digital platforms by increasing future investment in enhancing its digital payment products. KCB Group CEO Joshua Oigara said this while announcing the bank’s 2015 first quarter results this morning. The Group’s profit before tax rose by 12 per cent to hit Kshs 6.2 billion mainly derived from higher interest income, fees and commissions arising from new business lines.

Said Oigara: “In the coming months, KCB plans to deepen its investment in the digital payments platform as Kenya and the East African region increasingly move into a cashlite economy which is billed as the next frontier for growth in the financial services sector.”

PigiaMe’s retail section to help businesses establish strong online presence

PigiaMe has launched a retail section, geared towards business owners looking to establish a strong online presence. Over 300 businesses have registered on the retail section since it was launched late last year. The digital storefront allows anyone selling goods or services to create their very own online shops on PigiaMe’s growing marketplace of over 140,000 monthly users.

Online Outsourcing hits $ 2 billion, creates more job opportunities

Online outsourcing industry is among the fastest growing industries in ICT sector as it hits a worth of US$ 2 billion and has approximately 48 million registered workers. In short term the industry also looks into generating an estimated US$ 4.8 billion of revenue in 2016. This is according to a study, developed by the World Bank in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa Initiative

The study provides a better understanding of OO’s potential impact on human capital and employment, as well as explores possible ways that governments can improve their competitiveness in the OO market. The study includes case studies from Nigeria and Kenya, and an online toolkit to assess country competitiveness.

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