CEMAC zone: recession could reach 6% according to BEAC

All the indicators are certainly not red. But most of the economic indicators in the six countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) are already found the Monetary Policy Committee (CPM) of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) at the end of the second annual session on June 24, 2020 in Yaoundé.

Analyzing the situation in Central Africa, it emerges that in the short and medium terms, the CEMAC zone is affected by the health crisis and the fall in the prices of the main export products. "

"In the first half of 2020, the revival of productive activities was slowed down in the sub-region by the disruption of supply circuits for imported products as well as by the restrictive measures adopted by the various governments to contain the effects of the pandemic. Although it is premature for the moment to fully grasp the impact of COVID-19 on national economies, it is already anticipated during this first semester a drop in production as well as a det…

Apple and Google develop joint coronavirus contact tracking tool

It's almost unheard of in the modern IT world: Apple and Google have come together to develop contact tracking tools to help stop the spread of coronavirus. To stem COVID-19, all goodwill is welcome, including those who are not used to working together. Apple and Google have announced a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth to help governments and health agencies better fight the coronavirus.

Apple and Google develop joint coronavirus contact tracking tool

An interoperable platform

Contact tracing is one of the main tools to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as determined by a large number of public health authorities, universities and non-governmental organizations. But the latter come up against a technical obstacle that the two companies want to remove: interoperability between iOS and Android. This is why Google and Apple will launch a solution that will make it possible to trace the chains of transmission.

In May, the two groups will launch programming interfaces (APIs) to facilitate communications between iOS and Android devices. These APIs can be used by health authorities so that they can be integrated into their applications. Users can then download them from the respective app stores on both platforms.

Next, Apple and Google will integrate this Bluetooth tracking technology within their operating systems. A solution "more robust than an API", explain the partners, which has two objectives: the participation of a larger number of people on a voluntary basis, as well as better interaction of a more ecosystem of apps extended with health authorities.

In addition, the two manufacturers make a vow of the utmost respect for privacy, transparency and consent. Apple and Google will take care of this, in collaboration with governments and agencies. It is possible to consult the infrastructure documentation, as well as the specifications for Bluetooth and cryptography on this site.