Archive for the ‘DRC’ category

Phatisa: Final close of the African Agriculture Fund at $243m

Phatisa has announced the successful conclusion of its fundraising for the African Agriculture Fund (AAF), with $243m in total capital commitments.

Growth first, returns later, says African e-commerce group

“We believe that e-commerce is going to leapfrog lots of traditional businesses.”

There is a first mover advantage in francophone Africa, says expert

French-speaking African countries offer just as much investment potential as their English-speaking counterparts.

Maintaining focus has led to success for a Kenyan telecoms firm

How Kenyan entrepreneur Dennis Makori has grown a $50m telecommunications business.

High population growth in Africa: A mixed blessing

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is growing fast. How can transformation keep up?

Niger and DRC: Frustrating environments with untapped retail potential

Retail growth opportunities in some African countries are restricted by regulatory and political situations.

How a Kenyan furniture maker captured the high-end market with a unique idea

“It would be much easier to be employed, get paid at the end of the month and go home. But then you don’t have much freedom.”

High African growth rates distort the real development image

“How many times have you heard that many of the fastest-growing economies in the world at the moment are in Africa?”

Why the troubles in eastern DRC shouldn’t deter business people

With large areas of uncultivated arable land and unexploited mineral deposits, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is arguably the country in Africa that holds the most untapped potential.

Should Shoprite and Walmart be worried by Carrefour’s entry into sub-Saharan Africa?

French retailer Carrefour recently announced that it will enter eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Talking business with security company boss Tony Sugden

In 2006 Tony Sugden, a retired Major in the British Army, co-founded Warrior Security.

Seeking out opportunities and managing the risk – how Lonrho operates in Africa

UK-based Lonrho, an Africa-focused investment group, makes about 80% of its profits from countries deemed as high-risk.

Shoprite takes on the DRC

Africa’s largest supermarket group, Shoprite, entered the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with the opening of a supermarket in the capital Kinshasa.

Why mobile telecom towers are big business in Africa

The spectacular rise of Africa’s mobile telecommunications industry over the past decade has been well documented. Riding on the back of this growth is Helios Towers Africa, a company that leases space on telecom towers to mobile network operators.

Supermarket chain Shoprite to open a store in DRC

South Africa-based pan-African retailer Shoprite Holdings plans to open its first store in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before June 2012.