Archive for the ‘Business Focus’ category

Liquor giant replacing imports with local manufacturing in key African markets

Distell has acquired land for factories in both Angola and Nigeria.

Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital emerges from the shadow of war

Once rocked by war and ethnic tensions, Abidjan is again rising.

Africa’s middle class might be smaller than previously thought

Many Africans previously seen as “middle class” are in fact highly vulnerable to various economic shocks.

Kenyan CEO attributes business success to lessons learnt from father

Simba Corp CEO acquired his business acumen from his father.

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.