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  • Down to the bottom dollar, by Wendy Frew

    Neelamma, from the town of Kuppam in south-east India, is one of the US computer giant Hewlett-Packard’s least lucrative customers. But she has become one of its most valuable customers in terms of public relations. The 27-year-old rents a digital camera and printer from the company at market rates, and makes a living charging about 90 cents to take pictures of fellow villagers. Although Neelamma is from one of the poorest regions in the world, she is presented as the future of Hewlett...

    The Sydney Morning Herald
  • Why $100 computers are on the way

    ?by John G. Spooner What’s the next step for AMD in emerging markets? Are you going to continue with the Personal Internet Communicator or are you working on the mythical $100 PC? Ruiz: The PIC was our first attempt to do something different. I think that will continue to morph into a new generation of products. We have a PIC2 and a PIC 3 on the road map. All those products will improve the (computing) power and value, while at the same time lowering the cost...

  • Selling to The Poor: There is a surprisingly lucrative market in targeting low-income consumers

    The floodplains of Soc Trang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta are a maze of rivers and canals dotted with villages so impoverished that local farmers earn less than $ 1 a day. It is not an obvious place to seek a fortune, but capitalism finds a way. Steering his ramshackle boat along the Ke Sat River, Nguyen Van Hon operates a floating sundries distributorship. The wooden hold of his boat is heavy with boxes containing small bars of Lifebuoy soap and single-use s...

    Time (link opens in a new window)
  • A Fragile Success in Africa

    Teetering on the verge of success, but with failure always threatening to knock at the door, Ghana has lately taken up the mantle of what passes for a success story in Africa. It is the new darling in the halls where donors like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United States and Britain talk about making sure foreign aid does not end up in the hands of corrupt regimes. What they have in mind are people like Kofi Asare, who labors mightily on his modest farm high in the ...

    The New York Times
  • NamITech First to take EMV Technology into Africa

    NamITech (Pty) Limited, a member of the listed Altech group, has secured a contract for the supply of EMV (Europay, MasterCard and VISA) compliant bank cards into the Republic of Rwanda. The contract is significant for NamITech as it is the first EMV deal outside of South Africa for the company and is ground breaking in terms of the deployment of EMV technology into Africa. The contract is with SIMTEL, a consortium of seven banks, that has been established by the Rwandan government to mode...

    Balancing Act
  • Selling to The Poor, by Kay Johnson and Xa Nhon

    There is a surprisingly lucrative market in targeting low-income consumers When rising Third World incomes meet the shrinking cost of technology, multinationals are betting that markets will bloom. In October Silicon Valley’s Advanced Micro Devices introduced a $185 Personal Internet Communicator--a basic computer--for developing countries, while Taiwan-based VIA Technologies plans to launch a similar device costing just $100. Motorola last month unveiled a no-...

  • From aquariums to deminers, NGO spearheads manufacturing in Cambodia

    New Zealander Phil Elliott was intending to mass-manufacture aquariums for his expanding franchise business in China. But a chance encounter with a non-profit organisation in Cambodia -- a country better known for its war legacy than economic efficiency -- resulted in a change of plans. After a friend hooked him up with Development Technology Workshop (DTW), a charity working with the disabled to build industry in one of the world’s poorest countries, the holidaying Elliott hand...

    Asia - AFP
    Asia Pacific
  • The Last Asian Tiger, by Ronald Moreau

    Given its strategic location on the sea lanes between India, China and Japan, its large and young population, and its strong Confucian work ethic, Vietnam has long been a tiger economy in waiting. But only now, 30 years after the communist North defeated the U.S.-supported Saigon regime, is the country beginning to grab hold of its vast potential. Thanks to a series of doi moi (renovation) reforms, Vietnam has been the world’s second fastest-growing economy since 2000, trailing onl...

    Newsweek International
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