Archive for the ‘2012 World Economic Forum on Africa’ category

Less wannabe overnight IT billionaires, and more engineers

What will it take to convince a multi-national manufacturing company to significantly increase its investments on the continent?

Can Africa position itself as an outsourcing destination?

As Africa awakens from economic slumber, can the continent position itself as an outsourcing destination?

Why Saudi Arabia needs African agriculture

The leasing or buying of farmland in Africa by foreign governments and companies has been a heated topic over the past years.

An idea for transforming Africa’s decaying urban centres

Jonathan Liebmann is the man behind Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct, a previously deteriorated neighbourhood that has now been upgraded into a vibrant community.

International retailers becoming more dependent on African produce

The world’s supermarkets are slowly but surely becoming more dependent on Africa as a source of agricultural produce.

Thinking about the African middle class

During a session at the recent World Economic Forum on Africa, held in Addis Ababa, experts discussed how the continent’s emerging middle class will transform economies and societies.

Why attractive African cities are key to lure investment

“The attractiveness of urban areas is one of the things investors look at before they make a decision on where to invest.”

Big difference between perception and reality of Ethiopian market

“Ethiopia struggles with a significant gap between perception and reality,” says Gabriel Schulze, CEO of private equity firm Schulze Global Investments.

CEOs share their thoughts on Africa’s investment hot spots

Which sectors and countries will offer the most profitable opportunities over the coming decade?

Does the ability to do mobile money transfers equal financial inclusion?

Africa’s mobile money industry has seen a flurry of activity since the launch of Kenya’s M-Pesa platform in 2007.

‘Gateway into Africa’ a dated concept, says KPMG

The idea of a ‘gateway’ into Africa has become a dated concept. Entry into African markets now mainly depends on the nature of the investment, says Yunus Suleman, chairman of KPMG Africa.

Ethiopia travel diary: Day 3 & 4

How we made it in Africa publisher Jaco Maritz’s travel diary about his trip to Ethiopia for the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa.

Meet the Boss: Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, MD, soleRebels (Ethiopia)

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, managing director of Ethiopian footwear company soleRebels, answers our questions.

Ethiopia travel diary: Day 1 & 2

How we made it in Africa publisher Jaco Maritz’s travel diary about his trip to Ethiopia for the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa.

How we made it in Africa to bring readers all the news from WEF in Ethiopia

The annual World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa is arguably one of the most important events on the continent’s calendar, drawing a mix of influential business leaders, politicians and academics.