Archive for the ‘Business Focus’ category

The cost of war: How the South Sudan conflict is impacting the entire East Africa

The ravages of war are not being felt only in South Sudan.

‘Be persistent, never give up’: The story of Vimal Shah and Bidco

Kenyan businessman Vimal Shah is one of the region’s most prominent entrepreneurs.

Africa needs more ‘validators’ for its many entrepreneurs

Beyond mentorship, African entrepreneurs need more “validators”, according to Dr James Manyika, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute.

When worlds collide – farmers and financiers

For more capital to flow into agriculture, farmers and financiers will have to learn a lot more about each other.

Ten African consumer trends to run with – and profit from – in 2015

Innovation opportunities for the year ahead.

Informal retail ‘a market you can’t afford to ignore’

Kaskazi Network delivers consumer goods to informal shops and kiosks by motorcycle.

Most developing countries will benefit from oil price slump, says World Bank Group

Gains from low oil prices can be substantial for developing-country importers if supported by stronger global growth.

Why oil is unlikely to stay too low for too long

Tom Nelson and Charles Whall explain why they believe the oil price is unlikely to stay this low for an extended period of time.

Forget doctors and lawyers, farming is where the money’s at, says Nigerian entrepreneur

“Nigeria is the current dumping ground for food produce from all over the world,” said Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru.

Tough times ahead for South Africa Inc, but it’s better than 2014

Over the last twenty years, the single biggest determinant of South Africa’s economic growth has been global growth.

What can Africa learn from East Asia’s boom?

If sub-Saharan Africa drew on East Asia’s experience, the region could experience an economic miracle of its own.

‘Crops’ or ‘carats’? Interaction between gold mining and cocoa production in Ghana

A ‘think piece’ by the Africa Progress Panel’s research fellow, Stephen Yeboah.

Why it’s time for Africans to eat local

Africans are eating like the rest of the world, but what they are eating isn’t necessarily good for them.

The decline in oil prices: An opportunity

Diversifying exports has become a priority for development economists and policy makers of resource-rich countries around the world.

Africa tipped to become surfing capital of the world

Many emerging tourism destinations in Africa have identified surfing as a target market.