Asia Alfasi has beaten some of the world's finest illustrators to win $5000 from the first international competition to identify the best in manga and anime talent, awarded by organisers IMAF
- the International Manga and Anime Festival.
The Independent Mortgage Advisors' Federation (IMAF) yesterday told of "considerable pent-up demand" among its members to advance the process of submitting mortgage applications electronically.
IMAF President Michael Dowling said: "With over 200 IMAF advisors using mortgage broker software, we are now eagerly anticipating the advent of trading electronically with lenders.
IMAF members generated EUR2.5 billion in mortgages last year, and their brokers account for more than 60 per cent of business generated by mortgage brokers in Ireland.
IMAF has adopted Mortgage Brain, launched in Ireland last February, as its technology platform of choice.
Michael Quinn, of Mortgage Brain developers MBL Ireland, said: "From my work with the IMAF brokers, I am finding a pent-up demand to do business electronically and submit application forms to the lenders for a better level of service and efficiency.
MARIE-EMMANUELLE POMMEROLLE is Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University Paris I--Pantheon Sorbonne, a member of the Institut des mondes africains (IMAf
), and currently Director of the French Institute of Research in Africa (IFRA), based in Nairobi.