Archive for the ‘Business Focus’ category

Profit vs non-profit: Why this Ugandan enterprise is no longer an NGO

“The best way to create a sustainable social impact is finding commercial solutions for social problems.”

The role of Togo’s export processing zone in the global value chain

In 1991, Togo launched one of the first export processing zones in Africa.

Simba Corp – from small car dealership to leading conglomerate

Kenya’s Simba Corp has successfully diversified its business.

Creativity is the new money in Africa

While there is clearly no shortage of talent in the continent, Africa has been relatively poor in profiting from it.

What a weak South Africa means for the rest of the continent

Business leaders debate the impact that a weakening South African economy has on the rest of the continent.

Beyond the health crisis, Ebola hits Liberia’s economy hard

The Ebola outbreak threatens to reverse much of the economic progress Liberia has made over the past decade.

CEO believes growth in rest of continent provides good opportunities for JSE

Companies in fast-growing African countries will find cost-effective access to international capital through the JSE.

Kigali co-working space offering startups more than just a desk

How we made it in Africa talks to Jon Stever, founder of Rwanda’s The Office.

Africa’s M-Pesa mobile payment method debuts in Romania

In a trend reversal, African technology has migrated to Europe.

Ebola: 50% of multinationals have no policy to deal with pandemics

New survey reveals many global companies are not prepared to cope with pandemics.

Dress your business in formal clothes and see it grow

Informal women-owned businesses are losing out on growth opportunities.

Rule of law in Africa better than you think, says Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim

“In my own business I sued three [African] governments in the local courts, and I won every case.”

The cost for banks that ignore mobile wallets would be severe

Banks that don’t connect their clients to mobile wallets risk becoming increasingly irrelevant.

Cameroon must roar: at a 7% minimum

I am convinced Cameroon can do much better economically.

Don’t write off South Africa just yet, says Standard Bank CEO

“Yes, there are issues. There are service delivery protests, there are strikes, but those are illustrative of a healthy democracy.”