Archive for the ‘Business Focus’ category

Boosting the smartphone in Africa: Strategies by industry players

Research firm Informa Telecoms & Media predicts that by 2018 smartphone connections on the continent will rise from 79m in 2012 to 412m.

Bringing MAC cosmetics to Kenya a dream come true for local entrepreneur

After trying for many years to launch the MAC brand in Kenya, Joyce Gikunda has finally reached her goal.

Africa needs to fully leverage its oil and gas resources

Much of Africa’s recent economic growth has been a direct result of the positive momentum achieved in oil and gas production.

What it means to be middle class in the Republic of the Congo

Republic of Congo: everyone is poor in this small oil-producing country, the middle class just less so.

Why Africa’s middle-class statistics are questionable

Until data collection and analysis used to measure income distribution improve, the continent’s statistics are unreliable.

Building a tea and avocado empire in Tanzania

How we made it in Africa looks at Tanzanian company Tatepa’s tea and avocado empire.

Made in Kenya: Pharmaceutical firm has pan-African ambitions

Kenya’s Dawa Limited wants to expand its reach across 30 African countries.

The decline of Sudan’s cappuccino-sipping middle class

Sudan’s boom years ended when South Sudan seceded in 2011.

Reasons to be upbeat about retail in Egypt

The new government is expected to bring stability to the country, which will eventually be reflected in consumer spending and confidence.

New Kenyan ‘thin SIMs’ poised to transform African mobile money

Equity Bank is rolling out its own mobile network using a new paper-thin SIM card that sits on top of an ordinary SIM.

The changing face of Lagos

My recent visit to Lagos has changed my perception of Nigeria’s commercial capital.

How Standard Chartered is using smartphones to understand Nigeria’s economy

Accurate market data is often hard to come by in many African countries.

Zambia – landlocked or land lucky?

“I believe being landlocked in the middle of Africa is now potentially a great advantage,” says Robin Miller of REIZ.

Entrepreneur explains why it is easier to be successful in Kenya than India

How we made it in Africa talks to Indian businessman Sriram Bharatam.

Rising brand consciousness among Zambian middle class

Abhilash Bajpai, director of home electronics and appliances retailer, Radian Stores, talks about the rise in brand consciousness he is seeing in Zambia.