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Jumping Into the sixth Technology Revolution



Technology Revolution: We’re in danger of passing up the absolute most significant open doors offered by the innovation upheaval that has quite recently started.

However many are absent to the signs and are in threat of watching this become a time of loud disturbance instead of the all-out rebellion expected to dispatch us into a green economy. What we require is certifiably not another turning wheel, yet textures woven with nanofibers that produce sunlight based power. To get that going, we need a profoundly reformulated method for getting markets, innovation, financing, and the job of government in quickening change. In any case, will we comprehend the open doors before they vanish?

Seeing the Sixth Revolution Technology for What It Is

We are seven years into the start of what examiners at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research call the Sixth Revolution. A table via Carlotta Perez, which was introduced during an ongoing BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research lunch get-together facilitated by Robert Preston and Steven Milunovich, traces the upheavals that are sudden time permitting that lead to the one where we get ourselves.

1771: Mechanization and improved water wheels

1829: Development of steam for industry and railroads

1875: Cheap steel, accessibility of power, and the utilization of city gas

1908: Inexpensive oil, mass-created inward ignition motor vehicles, and general power

1971: Expansion of data and media communications

2003: Cleantech and biotech

The Vantage of Hindsight Technology

Glancing back at 1971, we realize that Intel’s presentation of the chip denoted the start of another time. Yet, in that year, this implied little to people watching Mary Tyler Moore and The Partridge Family, or tuning in to Tony Orlando and Dawn and Janis Joplin. Individuals would recall mankind’s initial steps on the Moon, opening relations among US and China, maybe the fruitful finish of the Human Genome Project to 99.99% exactness, and potentially the introduction of Prometea, the primary steed cloned by Italian researchers.

As per Ben Weinberg, Partner, Element Partners, “Each day, we see American organizations with promising advances that are unfit to send their items as a result of an absence of obligation financing. By filling this hole, the legislature will touch off the mass sending of inventive advancements, permitting advances extending from modern waste warmth to shaft mounted sun oriented PV to demonstrate their financial matters and addition validity in the obligation markets.”

Flying underneath our aggregate radar was the main floppy plate drive by IBM, the world’s first email sent by Ray Tomlinson, the dispatch of the primary laser printer by Xerox PARC and the Cream Soda Computer by Bill Fernandez and Steve Wozniak (who might found the Apple Computer organization with Steve Jobs a couple of years after the fact).

Times have not changed that much. It’s 2011 and a significant number of us face a comparative detach with the occasions happening around us. We are at what could be compared to 1986, a year on the cusp of the PC and the Internet on a very basic level changing our reality. 1986 was additionally the year that denoted the start of a noteworthy monetary move into new markets. Investment (VC) encountered its most generous money raising season, with roughly $750 million, and the NASDAQ was built up to assistance make a business opportunity for these organizations.

Driving this charge was Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Beyers (KPCB), a firm that transformed specialized skill into perhaps the best IT investment firm in Silicon Valley. The IT model searched for a level of huge triumphs to balance misfortunes: a venture like the $8 million in Current, which was offered to Cisco Systems for $6.9 billion, could compensate for a ton of extraordinary thoughts that didn’t exactly make it.

Changing Financial Models Technology

In any case, the VC model that worked so well for data and broadcast communications doesn’t work in the new upheaval. Not exclusively is the financing side of the cleantech upheaval requests of greatness bigger than the last, this right off the bat in the game even investigators are attempting to see what’s to come.

Steven Milunovich, who facilitated the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research lunch, commented that every unrest has an advanced stage which may keep going for up to 25 years, trailed by a usage period of another 25. Most cash is made in the initial 20 years, so genuine players need to get in right on time. However, the inquiry is: Get in where for what amount and with whom?

There is still market incredulity and vulnerability about the backbone of the perfect vitality upheaval. Milunovich gauges that numerous institutional financial specialists don’t put stock in a dangerous atmospheric division, and receive a “keep a watch out” mentality muddled by government impasse on vitality security enactment. For the individuals who are taking a gander at these business sectors, their inspiration ranges from worries about an oil shortage, matchless quality in the “new Sputnik” race, the shoring up of country security and – for a few – worry about the impacts of environmental change. Many take a gander at the individuals who see that we are amidst a major change by the way we produce and use vitality. Milunovich, for every one of these reasons, is “mindful temporarily, bullish on the long.”

The Valley of Death Technology

Each new innovation carries with it requirements for new financing. In the 6th transformation, with spending needs multiple times those of IT, the test is moving from thought to model to commercialization. The Valley of Death, as an ongoing Bloomberg New Energy Finance whitepaper, Crossing the Valley of Death brought up, is the hole between innovation creation and business development.

However, a few financial specialists and approach creators keep on trusting that private capital will fuel this hole, much as it did the last. They express worry over the obligation from government projects like the upgrade reserves (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) which have put millions in new advances in the spotless vitality part, just as helping states with reconstructing foundation and different activities Technology. They question why the customary financing models, which made the United States the world head in data innovation and broadcast communications, can’t be made to work today, if the Government would simply escape the way.

In any case, investigators from numerous sides of financing accept that administration support, or some likeness thereof, is fundamental to push extends ahead, in light of the fact that cleantech and biotech undertakings require an a lot bigger contribution of capital so as to get to commercialization. This hole influences commercialization, but on the other hand is influencing interests in new advancements, in light of the fact that money related premiums are worried that their speculation probably won’t see fulfillment – get to business scale.

How new advancements are fundamentally unique in relation to the PC upset.

Foundation multifaceted nature Technology

This upset is exceptionally subject to a current Technology – however maturing – vitality foundation. Just about 40 years after the beginning of the broadcast communications unrest, we are as yet battling with a correspondences foundation that is divided, excess, and wasteful. Coordinating new wellsprings of vitality, and utilizing what we have, is a considerably progressively mind boggling – and increasingly essential – task.

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Kisumu County Set To Hold Investor Conference In September



Kisumu County Set To Hold Investor Conference In September

The County government of Kisumu has organized an international investor conference in September to woo investors in to the area.

The event slated for September 26th to 30th, 2021 targets to market the lakeside county which has witnessed renewed growth over the last three years as an investment hub.

Over 3, 000 investors are targeted to attend the conference as the county repositions itself as the regional business hub for the Lake Region Bloc (LREB) and East Africa.

While making the announcement, Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang Nyong’o said the county government plans to showcase existing investment opportunities across the county during the conference.

Among the sectors to be showcased include, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, industrialization, sports, culture and talent development, film, infrastructure and energy.

Preparations for the conference, he said, were almost complete adding that it shall be held in strict adherence to the Covid-19 protocols.

The conference, he said, is set to put Kisumu on the map as a regional investment hub as the government moves to finalize various major infrastructure projects in the area.

So far, the 217 km stretch Meter Gauge Railway Line from Nakuru to Kisumu has been completed with passenger and cargo trains expected to be launched.

Kisumu port has also been refurbished at a cost of Sh3 billion and is set to be officially launched soon to reopen maritime trade between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The government has also secured land at Miwani in Muhoroni Sub-County for establishment of a public Economic Processing Zone (EPZ).

These amongst other incentives by the County and National governments are set to be discussed at length during the investor conference.

Prof. Nyong’o added that the county government plans to use the event as a precursor for the 9th, edition of Afri-Cities conference to be held in Kisumu in April 2022.

Afri-Cities is the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s (UCLGA) flagship Pan-African event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa.

The event attracts communities and local authorities in African countries, as well as financial institutions, civil society groups and development partners at continental and international levels.

Kisumu is the first intermediary city in Africa to host the continental event which has attracted over 4, 000 delegates.

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Rising food, fuel prices push June inflation rate to 5.7pc



Rising food, fuel prices push June inflation rate to 5.7pc

Rising food, fuel prices push June inflation rate to 5.7pc


The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has quoted the end month inflation rate at 5.7 percent to indicate a 0.2 percent upward adjustment to commodity prices during the month of June.

The marginal surge in the consumer price index (CPI) is attributable to a continued slip of both food and fuel prices during the month as the food-fuel inflation component took a turn for the worse in spite of a notable improvement to weather conditions.

While the easing conditions and improved agricultural output held back growth for some food commodities, the pricing of essentials such as maize grain, sifted flour and beans continued to rise unabated leading to the uptick in the CPI.

“Prices of spinach, sukumawiki, and tomatoes recorded decreases. However, prices of some other foodstuffs like beans, maize grain, beans, green grams and sifted maize flour increased during the same month, KNBS inflation statistical release read in part.

On petroleum, the prices for all commodities but kerosene were on the increase with the average petrol and diesel prices per liter rising to Ksh 115.80 and Ksh.105.57 respectively.

While the inflation rate has kept within the historical target range of 2.5 to 7.5 percent for the umpteenth time, inflation jitters are expected to persist based on a combination of both internal and external factors.

Internally, the agricultural industry is for instance yet to get to grips with the effects of delayed rainfall at the start of the year, a factor further exacerbated by a looming grain shortage with the Ministry of Agriculture having disclosed of thinning grain reserves at its Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) stocks.

Externally, a downturn in global growth optimism under rising tensions including the US-China trade spate and a worsening diplomatic tone in the gulf has almost certainly assured of commodity volatility which would likely hit Kenya in the form of higher crude pricing in the international market.

The valuation of the Kenyan shilling also makes for an emerging area of concern, with the shilling having breached the Ksh.102 mark during the month against the US dollar under the cloud of elevated dollar demand by importers and high liquidity.

The shilling traded at an average high Ksh.102.29 on Thursday while the inter-bank rate, the primarily indicator to the amount of money in circulation hitting a low of 2.23 percent on the same day.

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has however played down any fears to the perversion of the macroeconomic fundamentals backing its monetary policy intervention role to prop up the basics.

“We need to be more relaxed. We have more than enough fire power to deal with any volatility,” CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge told a news conference last week.



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