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Senegal To Launch Internet Exchange Point End Of August

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Two years after it was announced, the Senegal Internet Exchange Point (SENIX) is scheduled for official launch on 29 August, according to Cheikh Bakhoum, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SENIX and Director General of Senegal’s State Information Technology Agency (ADIE). Bakhoum said the exchange point would be launched in the country’s capital city of Dakar and would bring about a revolution in the country’s telecoms ecosystem. SENIX is the result of collaboration between 23 partners including the industry regulator, ISPs, telecom operators, and tech companies.

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New Senegal Start-Up Focuses On Training Young Coders

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Senegal’s tech scene has been slow to get off the ground due to a lack of qualified coders. But a locally run company is trying to change that, while also helping young people find jobs. Local tech start-ups are tackling day-to-day conveniences in the capital, Dakar. Firefly, a digital advertising company, places TV screens in public buses, but has struggled to find qualified web and mobile app developers in Senegal.

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Senegal,Gambia Sign Agreement On Forest Resources and Wildlife Management

Cooperative Agreement between the Government of the Republic of The Gambia and The Government of The Republic of Senegal in the Area of Forest Resources and Wildlife Management. The Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources of the Republic of The Gambia recently concluded and signed agreement with the ministry of environment and sustainable development with the sister Republic of Senegal in the area of forest resources and wildlife management.

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What makes Senegal’s digital currency different

Towards the end of last year, a regional bank for francophone west Africa, Banque Régionale de Marchés (BRM), issued a digital currency in Senegal (which it initially dubbed the eCFA but has since decided to rename). It acts similar to other digital currencies and consumers can interact with it across existing payment platforms, such as electronic and mobile wallets. It is an experiment which authorities are monitoring closely and, if considered successful, it could be rolled out in the eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) to operate alongside the region’s hard currency, the CFA. But what makes it so unique is that, unlike other digital money solutions out there, it could become the region’s digital fiat currency. In other words, it could potentially become legal tender backed by a central bank.

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