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African Guarantee Fund Secures USD 33 Million Capital Increase To Support African Small-Medium Enterprises

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Dr. Thomas Duve, Director for Regional Funds, KFW Development Bank (Left) and Felix Bikpo, CEO, AGF (Right)(Source: African Guarantee Fund)

The African Guarantee Fund is focused on its goal to provide financial guarantees for over 10,000 SMEs annually through partner financial institutions

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 9, 2020- Africa’s leading Guarantee Institution, African Guarantee Fund (AGF) has received an additional USD 33M financing from German lender KfW Development Bank, in a move that will catapult AGF’s efforts to enable African SMEs continue to play their critical role in driving Africa’s economy.

This new financing comes at a time when the continent’s SME sector has been singled out as a key driver of growth. This now places AGF firmly on the driver’s seat as the champion that eases access to financing for SMEs across the continent.

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The African Guarantee Fund is focused on its goal to provide financial guarantees for over 10,000 SMEs annually through partner financial institutions and as a trickledown effect, create 30,000 jobs per year.

“We are excited about the confidence our shareholders and partners have in what we are doing in Africa. This capital injection will go a long way in ensuring that we continue to make a positive impact in the continent. So far, we have cumulatively issued more than USD 1 B worth of guarantees making available about USD 1.7 billion for SME financing through our Partner Financial Institutions. This has led to the creation of more than 100,000 additional jobs,” says Felix Bikpo, Group CEO of African Guarantee Fund.

Out of the 20,000 African SMEs from various economic sectors that have so far benefited from AGF guarantees, the institution is very proud that 60% of these SMEs are owned by youth who are the majority in Africa today, and 30% owned by women, both being demographics that heavily impact Africa’s economy. 

“Our experience traversing Africa has shown us that Women in Africa are tenacious entrepreneurs, even though they face a gender financing gap of USD 42 billion. The capital increase from KfW will largely be used to increase financing of women owned or led businesses. This is in addition to our partnership with the African Development Bank through the recently launched Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) which currently has a USD 251 million commitment from G7 countries.” added Mr. Bikpo.

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AI Expo Africa, Wesgro, and Zindi launch the Deepfake Africa Challenge

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AI Expo Africa, in partnership with Wesgro Film and Media Promotion and African Data Science competition platform Zindi, has launched the Deepfake Africa Challenge in a bid to raise awareness about deepfake media, tools and ethics on the African continent.
Deepfakes have been prominent in the news in the last two years as the tools and platforms that allow for such content to be produced are widely available and easy to use by both skilled and casual users.
While some deepfakes can be used to create fun, viral videos or new synthetic applications such as digital avatars that have multiple applications, they also can be used to manipulate or generate visual and audio content with the potential to deceive with subsequent negative impacts for people, organisations and wider society.

Dr Nick Bradshaw, founder & CEO of AI Media the company behind AI Expo Africa, stated, “The objective of the challenge is to create convincing deepfakes to highlight the power of this synthetic media, illustrating its creative potential for exploitation for both positive and negative outcomes and focusing debate about its ethical use or mis-use in an African context. We partnered with Zindi as they have the largest community of Data Scientists in Africa, and Wesgro Film Unit to tap into the award winning creative industry based in the Western Cape, South Africa. This challenge is open to both creative and technical talent across Africa. We look forward to seeing the outcomes from the submission.”

Wesgro Film and Media Promotion head Monica Rorvik commented, “Deepfake media can have negative outcomes. This challenge serves as an opportunity and platform that we can leverage during this interesting time of the “Pandemic of deep fakes” – and by working together, and checking facts, we can learn together and gain some herd immunity.”

Zindi co-founder and CEO Celina Lee stated “Deepfakes are fast becoming a challenge of our time. Through the Zindi platform we are seeking to tap into the collective insights and creativity from twenty six thousand African data scientists to shine a light on this topic and create debate about the potential harms these media and tools can do from a uniquely African perspective.”

Submission and evaluation

Submissions are welcome from across the African continent and from relevant communities including researchers, developers, content creatives and film makers. The winning submissions of the Deepfake Africa Challenge will be showcased at AI Expo Africa 2021 ONLINE between 7 to 9 September.


Submissions for the Deepfake Africa Challenge can be either video or audio based. Each submission should be no longer than 90 seconds in length (MP4 or MP3 preferred final format). The content submitted must not be offensive or harmful in anyway and any submissions deemed to contravene this rule by the judges will be immediately rejected.Winners must be citizens of an African country and must be residing in Africa.All entries will be judged as follows:

  1. Artistic creativity and relevance to the challenge topic
  2. Level of innovation used in the process to generate the content
  3. A short explanation of platforms, tools and techniques used to generate your submission will greatly enhance your submission and are encouraged so we can build a picture of the most common tools and techniques used

The judging panel will be made up of representatives from Zindi, The AI Media Group and Wesgro. The judges decision will be final.Prizes

  • 1st Place Winner: Complimentary ticket to join AI Expo Africa 2021 ONLINE (including 1x return economy flight & 4x nights hotel stay B&B courtesy of Radisson Blue to join us at AI Expo Africa 2022). The 1st Place Winner’s flight is eligible to delegates joining from outside the host city capped to $1000 using economy class fare. Expenses and visas are not included.
  • 2nd and 3rd prize winners to receive 1x complimentary ticket to AI Expo Africa 2021 ONLINE
  • Top 3 placed winners will have work showcased at AI Expo Africa 2021 along with write up and press mentions
TimelineThe competition closes on 30th July 2021. Final submissions must be received no later than 11:59 PM GMT 30th July 2021. Winners will be notified and announced by 17 August 2021 with the winning submissions being showcased at AI Expo Africa 2021 ONLINE between 7-9 September.
The challenge organisers reserve the right to update the content timeline if necessary.

 

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Possibilities of Making Profits On Crypto, Risk-Free

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Over the course of the last decade, cryptocurrencies have experienced unprecedented growth and garnered a lot of interest across a range of demographics from all over the world. Interest in digital currencies is spiking globally and search terms such as “how to buy Bitcoin” have seen an uptick in interest according to Google trends. This is just one of many indicators that suggests a notable influx of people are entering the blockchain space and looking to explore the crypto ecosystem.

While the market cap of digital assets has varied extremely with price fluctuations, it, however, grew from about US$10 billion in 2013 to about $237 billion in 2019. Also, in the last 5 years, the increase in Bitcoin (BTC) private accounts and trades has averaged about sixty percent every year. Currently, the market cap for digital currencies is just above $2 trillion.

Even though many people have made early gains in digital assets, the cryptocurrency space is still in the early phase of development. The Internet for example, was created in 1969 and the “worldwide web” was designed in 1989 and subsequently the first web browser in 1990. Compared to those revolutionary technologies which massively transformed the communications landscape, blockchain technology is nascent and cryptocurrencies have only been in use for only a decade.

Crypto goes mainstream

Social media has exposed a lot of people to the crypto industry. The mass media is quick to broadcast the movements in bitcoin prices, leading to FOMO and FUD or the hysteria that sometimes characterizes crypto markets. Overall the ever growing coverage has done more to spur further development of new innovations within the space.

The price increase of cryptocurrency will probably be boosted by increased cryptocurrency adoption. While many institutions have started to invest and buy Bitcoin, there are still a lot of firms waiting in line to invest and buy Bitcoin. The average volume of digital assets transacted on any given day is just one percent of the FX trade. Regardless of cryptocurrencies increasing to more than $2 trillion in market cap according to Coinmarketcap, digital assets are still a tiny fraction of global equity trade ($34.8 trillion in 2020) and worldwide debt trade (over 281 trillion in 2020) according to Bloomberg.

With more institutional adoption of Bitcoin and other digital assets, traders and investors are presented with more chances to make money in the digital asset space.

How to make money with crypto

There are several ways of making profits with digital assets. Given that digital assets are basically volatile, many digital assets involve a great level of risk while some need greater expertise. It is important to have prerequisite knowledge about digital assets before you buy bitcoin.

One of the ways of making profits with cryptocurrency is through investing. This is generally for long-term purposes. It requires you to buy Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies and hold them for a chosen period of time. This can be done via different traditional crypto exchanges or P2P platforms like Remitano. Digital assets are usually well-suited to the investing practice of buying low, holding and then selling high. Cryptocurrencies are highly volatile in shorter timeframes, however, they typically and have historically offered a much more lucrative upside over long periods compared to traditional investment vehicles.

Studies have also shown that most BTC profits are realized in the ten best trading periods of the year.

Due to cryptocurrencies being naturally volatile, investing for a long period is one of the ways of making profits with cryptocurrency. Just like with any type of investing, risks have to be thoroughly considered and expectations of rewards have to be managed well.

Another way of making profits with cryptocurrency is to trade digital assets. The most notable difference between investing and trading is the general time frames between entering and exiting positions. Investing is for a long period, while trading is basically to leverage opportunities over a short period. To trade digital assets successfully, it is important to know the basic fundamentals and have the capability to conduct technical analysis in order to avoid making costly mistakes.

Making profits via trading cryptocurrencies is more about knowing the price trend and pattern and utilizing it to forecast future value, many times over a short period. Find out the 20 best platforms to buy Bitcoin and other digital currencies in South Africa.

What is the possibility of making profits on crypto, risk-free?

Trading digital assets sounds relatively easy, however, due to the highly volatile nature of crypto assets, it involves a lot of risks. One of the ways to make profits on cryptocurrency with relatively low risk is by doing cryptocurrency arbitrage. This trading method exploits price and demand gaps between different digital asset marketplaces. But, the trades have to be done almost instantaneously to realize gains.

Arbitrage Trading

Crypto arbitrage involves exploiting price differences on different crypto exchanges for your benefit. This method is effective in places where bitcoin price varies from one exchange to the other like in South Africa and Nigeria. The price differences could be a result of several factors.

Arbitrage trading involves buying bitcoin or other digital assets from one exchange and selling it on other exchanges at a higher price. Selling the asset after the purchase must be done relatively quickly to avoid price movements narrowing margins or leading to loss at times.

Exploiting the price difference using the cryptocurrency arbitrage technique requires a cryptocurrency market that has price discrepancies depending on the supply and demand in the different markets.

Remitano Invest

Another way to make money risk-free is with Remitano Invest. Remitano invest allows you to buy and invest in cryptocurrencies without putting your capital at risk.

How?

With the Stop Loss and Take Profit features, your crypto asset will be liquidated to USDT (a stable coin) to prevent loss and maximize your profit. You simply set the auto sell price for the Stop Loss and Take Profit. When the asset you have invested hits your Take Profit price, Remitano Invest converts it into USDT to secure your profit. However, if the asset’s price falls to your Stop Loss price, the system will convert it into USDT to help you secure your capital and prevent further loss.

Risks and benefits are an intrinsic part of most money markets and they go hand in hand. Risks cannot be eradicated but they can be managed. Some risks can be managed by utilizing effective risk management practices. Personal risks like wallet hacks, coin theft, and loss of access to funds can be offset by making sure you implement good security practices.

Article & Image source: Heath Muchena

 

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How to Make Money Online by Buying and Selling Bitcoin

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Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that doesn’t require much introduction. It is the leading digital asset in terms of market cap and a top trend that has been around for a while. With increased popularity and adoption comes the debate around the best way to make money with Bitcoin. There are several ways to make money with the asset, it all depends on your investing approach or trading strategy. Buying and selling bitcoin or called bitcoin trading is one of the ways you can make money with the digital asset. But if you want to buy bitcoin and sell with the aim of making a profit, there are certain evaluations you have to make.

Bitcoin Trading

Trading simply means buying and selling, mostly with the aim of making profits/money. So bitcoin trading means buying bitcoin at a reasonably low price and selling it at a much higher price. Bitcoin trading depends greatly on how effective you are at gathering intelligence, analysing the market, and taking calculated risks. Having a good risk mitigation strategy and a profit taking plan is also crucial. Below are some of the strategies traders implement when crypto trading.

Day Trading

Day trading entails taking trades within short timeframes. The method involves a careful reading of the market, spotting the small opportunities to make profit, and making the most of those opportunities by taking decisive action. So basically, you buy bitcoin at a low price, wait for a little positive swing in price and then you sell. You are taking advantage of the daily volatility in the price of BTC and those price market movements. Although the gains could seem relatively small especially when trading with modest capital, over time those smaller profits accumulate into quite significant gains. When implementing the day trading strategy, you can open and close several trades daily. Traders implementing this strategy spend a lot of time closely monitoring their positions. Some experts believe that day trading is the most effective way to make profits from bitcoin trading since the market is highly volatile.

Swing Trading

Swing trading mainly involves a trader buying an asset at a low price, then waiting for that asset’s price to appreciate before selling it off at a higher price. In essence, this type of trading involves taking advantage of swings in crypto asset prices. Swing trading may require waiting a long time compared to day trading, but not as long as when you are implementing the HODL strategy. Basically, you buy BTC at a low price, wait a while for a positive price swing, and close your trade at a higher price. Swing traders don’t spend much time looking at their screen as they can wait for weeks or sometimes months before closing a position.

Arbitrage

This simply means taking advantage of varying bitcoin prices on different digital currency exchanges rather than within the same exchange. This method is effective in places where bitcoin price varies from one exchange to the other like South Africa. So you buy bitcoin from an exchange at a low price and sell on another exchange at a higher price.

Buying and HODLing

HODL is just a play on the word HOLD that has become a common word within the crypto community. HODLing simply means buying bitcoin and then holding with an expectation that the price will go higher in the future. Although the concept of the strategy might sound easy, it nonetheless requires patience and emotional stability. Basically, there are two factors that make trading quite difficult, the first is FOMO which is the fear of missing out, and FUD – fear, uncertainty and doubt. Traders who cannot keep their composure when markets are volatile typically end up buying or selling as a result of either FOMO or FUD which means they buy above the market price or sell at a loss.

In conclusion, bitcoin trading can yield amazing results when done correctly, however, it can also be risky when you don’t have an idea of how to properly make your profit out of it. The rule of thumb is always to only invest or trade what you are prepared to risk losing.

Bitcoin can be a highly volatile asset, and its price actions can be unpredictable at times. While its price movements can be exceptionally high and sometimes low, no one can time the market for certain as there are always many forces and factors that determine the trajectory of market performance.

That’s one reason why risking large amounts of money on a single trade is never recommended. Even if you think you’ve done enough research, making extremely risky moves such as leveraged trading when you don’t have the know-how to properly risk manage could result in massive losses which is never a good idea.

It is important to maintain your composure and to take a level-headed approach to trading. Knowing the fundamentals and understanding that sometimes a cryptocurrency can drop in price sharply but also rebound massively can help you avoid panic selling at a loss. However, also holding on to an asset that continues to poorly perform can sometimes be even worse. It’s ultimately about following through on your chosen trading strategy and adapting as you learn new information in order that your decision making and action taking are always aligned with your objectives. Find out more about 20 of the best platforms to sell or buy Bitcoin in South Africa.

Article & Image source: Heath Muchena 

 

 

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