Archive for the ‘Business Focus’ category

Why Tanzania’s real estate market is taking off

“In Dar es Salaam there is a huge increase in the purchase of apartments,” says Mustafa Suleimanji, managing director for Lamudi in Tanzania.

Why agriculture and agribusiness can change Africa’s story

Agribusiness, centred around smallholder farmers, could change Africa’s growth and transformation story.

Aggressive strategy required to reduce the unbanked in Nigeria – but possible

Nigerian banking continues to face significant headwinds – in relation to both revenue and costs.

Côte d’Ivoire vs Ghana: A football-economics tale of two countries

As an economist and a football fan, I cannot resist drawing a certainly non-linear correlation between soccer and economic growth.

Africa Tech Trends: The age of start-up accelerators

Start-up accelerators are common in Europe and the United States, but in Africa the concept is still very young.

New technologies – why emerging markets stand to gain

Fears over the impact of robotics and 3D printing are exaggerated and miss the huge potential benefits for emerging markets.

E-commerce set to be a ‘game changer’ for Africa, says Ashish J. Thakkar

“A city like Lagos has 20 million people, but just two shopping centres.”

Zimbabwe ‘a promising market’ for property portal, Lamudi

“The number of property agents that use the internet for business specifically is highest in Zimbabwe,” says Mustafa Suleimanji.

Do you feel lucky? Will East Africans benefit from their natural resource discoveries?

The link from pumping oil to increasing life expectancy and reducing poverty is not direct.

How South Africa’s top e-commerce store wins customer loyalty

Yuppiechef’s director, Paul Galatis, shares his tips for winning customer loyalty in the e-commerce industry.

The power of local celebrity endorsements in Africa

One way companies can create an affinity with African consumers is by working with a local celebrities to endorse their brand.

How Philips is adapting its global strategy to better address the African market

Philips has adopted a number of strategies to make its global portfolio more relevant for African economies.

Company providing loans in the form of a new motorcycle

Tugende offers an affordable lease-to-own model to help motorcycle taxi drivers in Uganda own their own motorcycles.

How Uganda is turning waste into power

Across East Africa, increases in processing of agricultural products is being accompanied by an increase in organic waste.

Oil or fish? Why Ghana should balance oil production and fishing activities

Small-scale fishermen who live on Ghana’s western coast struggle to sustain their livelihoods with offshore oil exploration activities expanding.