Important questions will be discussed in Kigali, Rwanda this week, as the World Economic Forum on Africa gathers under the theme “Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation”. We take a look at the meeting’s main sub-themes.WEF Africa is taking place in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali. (Image: Government of Rwanda, Twitter)There is widespread agreement that Africa needs to craft new approaches to trigger structural transformation. According to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2015, services are playing an increasingly important role in African economies, yet the share and value of services in regional and global trade are very low.In today’s increasingly connected world, with internet penetration at 26%, an integrated digital transformation strategy for Africa is imperative.For these and other reasons, the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa will address the following main sub-themes.Governance and institutionsMany countries in Africa have fully liberalised their ICT markets and are reaping the benefits in increased investments and use.How will ICT drive Africa’s digital transformation? Informal employment forms the largest proportion of employment opportunities, about 77% in 2012, despite inadequate working conditions and social protection regimes.How is e-government transforming service delivery in the informal sector? Regional trade agreements are becoming more complex, particularly in light of negotiations of new mega-regional trade agreements that could lead to a $2.7-billion loss of Africa’s exports.What is the future of regional trade agreements in the world trading system? More than 500-million smallholder farmers in Africa are still dependent on rain-fed agriculture.How can climate-smart food systems transform their lives? In 2015 only 11 African countries offer liberal visa access to all African citizens.What visa innovations can facilitate the movement of people within the continent?Foreign direct investment flows into Africa have remained stable at $54-billion, while they fell 16% globally.How can Africa’s leaders reduce the risk perception and attract higher investment? Finance and growthAbout 20% of African households have access to formal or semi-formal finance.How is technology transforming Africa’s financial services industry? Africa is home to nine of the world’s 15 fastest growing economies and is an increasingly attractive environment for global business investments.How will the continent continue to grow in the face of a slowing global economy? By 2040, renewables could provide more than 40% of all power-generation capacity in the region.How can smart grid solutions enhance investments in renewable energy? External sources of financing have increased from $5-billion in 2003 to $30-billion a year in 2012, leaving a financing gap of $50-billion to fill.How can innovative partnerships bridge mega infrastructure financing gaps? Smart mining, the integration of ICT solutions in the entire supply chain of the mining industry, is projected to reach $13-billion by 2020, up from $5.12-billion in 2013.What technologies are transforming the mining industry in Africa? Factory activity accounted for 10% of Africa’s GDP over the past decade. Manufacturing is widely considered to be the ideal industry to drive Africa’s development due to the labour-intensive, export-focused nature of the business.How is distributed manufacturing transforming production and competitiveness? Human development and entrepreneurshipEducation policy can accelerate literacy and digital skills training in primary, secondary and tertiary education.What digital platforms are accelerating skills development? Africa has one of the highest mobile phone penetrations in the world.How are mobile health technologies transforming healthcare? According to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, global creative services are growing significantly, yet Africa contributes only about 1%.How is the wireless revolution transforming Africa’s creative industries? The potential annual economic losses due to gender gaps in labour participation are estimated at $255-billion in sub-Saharan Africa.What innovations are bridging the science gender gap? Young consumers are driving offline sales through online traffic. This potential will increase as Africa’s middle-class consumers grow from about 355-million people to 1.1-billion over the next three decades.How is digital disruption changing the retail landscape in Africa? About 40% of Africans live in urban settlements, leading to increased traffic congestion and dwindling access to water and sanitation.How can smart cities improve water and transport management? South Africa will be sending a delegation to Kigali for the conference. Follow them on Twitter using #SAinKigali.
Rightmove has released a new tool that enables tenants to booking viewings directly through its website following a pilot last year with a small group of agents.Called Viewings Manager, the portal is now inviting member agents to sign up to the programme which it claims, following extensive testing, helps agents more easily schedule viewing appointments, cut down on tenant no-shows, pre-qualify applicants and receive feedback on properties.Available to anyone with a standard membership package for free, there are already over 200 agents using the tool.AppointmentsThe tech asks prospective tenants to choose three potential appointment dates and times between 9am and 7pm and identify their employment status, credit history and confirm the minimum household income needed to rent the property.Once booked, they are sent email and text reminders about the viewing, but are able to use a one-click cancellation button.East Riding of Yorkshire agent Jon Myers of Quick & Clarke in Yorkshire says the tool has almost halved the number of tenant no-shows, as he says tenants are more likely to cancel if they can just click a button rather than having to call them, saving them time and improving the quality of tenant leads they receive.Rightmove says the tool can’t integrate yet with estate agency CRM suites but an upgrade due next year will enable it to put bookings into agent’s diaries/calendars.The system also works in tandem with Rightmove’s referencing service, which comes from Van Mildert, which it acquired in July last year.Visit the Rightmove page.viewings manager Jon Myers Quick & Clarke Rightmove November 13, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 16th November 2020 at 2:00 pmZillow’s pivot in September when it cut agents out of the loop and went for a Zillow agent centric model is as I have been commenting on a warning to all that real estate is changing.My thoughts on Rightmove and their booking tool is that they have not developed the sophisticated solution that will overcome the multiple agents needs/diaries, and the MVP they have announced is more a sound bite to make them look as though they are evolving their 20 year old one dimensional model than anything else.Homehere.co with Lou Quinn and John Curley are to quote a celebrity ‘the real deal’ when it comes to a solution that books appointments and has a digital applicant box mentality which can accurately qualify property and rental buyers.Log in to Replyjohn curley, homehere homehere 14th November 2020 at 5:31 amGlad to see that RM has woken up to the need to automate viewing and applicant qualification, we have a much deeper and better solution that agents have been using for some time that allows you to automate engagement, qualification and booking of not only RM, but ZPG, OTM and even you website enquiries!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » More than a portal? Rightmove launches online bookings service for viewings previous nextProptechMore than a portal? Rightmove launches online bookings service for viewingsRightmove says its new ‘Book a viewing’ service on its website pre-qualifies tenants and prevents annoying no-shows.Nigel Lewis13th November 20202 Comments1,409 Views