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Why expats are falling out of vogue in Africa, and what this means for companies

Odgers Berndtson recently released a white paper revealing many companies are actively reducing the number of expat executives they deploy across Africa.

How this Rwandan potato crisps company wants to compete against Lay’s

'We need to position our product as a premium brand that can compete with foreign brands,' says Pascal Murasira, co-founder of snack label Winnaz.

Former Citi banker sees opportunities in agribusiness financing

Ivan Mbowa, co-founder and CEO of Umati Captial, talks about his company.

Four things to know about Ethiopia’s economy

Why private equity is the best vehicle for investors seeking access to the Ethiopian market, and how currency shortages are having some interesting effects on the economy.

Improvise with what you have, advises Ghanaian manufacturing entrepreneur

Ivy Appiah shares how she built her manufacturing business without ever taking out a loan.

Starwood Hotels: Greater risk not being in a market than being there before time

Starwood Hotels and Resorts on its new hotel in Mali, and why it remains cautiously optimistic about Africa's future.

Business Focus

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    Have West, Central Africa outgrown the CFA franc?

    30 April, 2016
    Debate over the CFA franc is once again stirring in West and Central Africa with some experts calling for a reform of the colonial currency.
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    Why expats are falling out of vogue in Africa, and what this means for companies

    29 April, 2016
    Odgers Berndtson recently released a white paper revealing many companies are actively reducing the number of expat executives they deploy across Africa.
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    Study sheds light on how Africans use Twitter

    29 April, 2016
    How Africa Tweets is an annual study by Portland Communications which highlights Twitter trends, hashtag usage and online habits in Africa.
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    Africa private equity exits reach a nine-year high

    28 April, 2016
    Private equity firms exited 44 companies in Africa in 2015, an increase from 39 in both 2014 and 2013.

Foreign Investment

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    Chinese companies likely to become more localised in Africa

    27 April, 2016
    Chinese companies' engagement with Africa has become more diverse and complex.
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    Why the rand punches above the weight of South Africa’s economy

    25 April, 2016
    The South African rand has recently experienced an unprecedented level of volatility – more so than most, if not all, emerging-market currencies. But a greater part of the pain has been self-inflicted.
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    Starwood Hotels: Greater risk not being in a market than being there before time

    19 April, 2016
    Starwood Hotels and Resorts on its new hotel in Mali, and why it remains cautiously optimistic about Africa's future.
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    Strong need for professional hotels in Africa, says Swiss International

    18 April, 2016
    'We believe there is a shift in the world, which we all know about theoretically, but we now feel it in practice.'

Entrepreneur watch

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    How this Rwandan potato crisps company wants to compete against Lay’s

    2 May, 2016
    'We need to position our product as a premium brand that can compete with foreign brands,' says Pascal Murasira, co-founder of snack label Winnaz.
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    Former Citi banker sees opportunities in agribusiness financing

    28 April, 2016
    Ivan Mbowa, co-founder and CEO of Umati Captial, talks about his company.
  3. Ivy Appiah 200x240

    Improvise with what you have, advises Ghanaian manufacturing entrepreneur

    26 April, 2016
    Ivy Appiah shares how she built her manufacturing business without ever taking out a loan.
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    Cosmetics industry not for faint-hearted: Businesswoman shares her experiences

    26 April, 2016
    'I hear people say that being an entrepreneur allows them to control their hours and be flexible... There is no such thing. You don’t have your own time anymore.'

Business Advice

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    Rejection is an essential path to growth – use it to serve you

    29 April, 2016
    Entrepreneurs should create an environment which allows teams and themselves to accept rejection.
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    Time management expert on how to improve your productivity

    22 April, 2016
    Elaine Harman shares some time management tips that can help employees and managers improve productivity in the workplace.
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    Your net worth is in your network: Tips for crowdfunding

    21 April, 2016
    When life coach Kate Emmerson found herself in desperate need of immediate funds, she started a crowdfunding campaign and hit her target within six weeks.
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    Employee wellness: Africa’s hidden opportunity to bolster growth

    19 April, 2016
    Absenteeism is costing economies across the continent valuable opportunities for growth, at a time we can scarcely afford it. How can companies turn this trend around?

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Raghu Malhotra, president Middle East & Africa, MasterCard

    29 April, 2016
    Raghu Malhotra talks about the importance of not over analysing things, and reveals he once did a bit of modelling on the side.
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    Meet the Boss: Paul Muhato, MD, Engen Petroleum (Tanzania)

    7 April, 2016
    'A positive attitude will capitalise the smallest opportunity.'
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    Meet the Boss: Partheeban Theodore, country head, Olam Côte d’Ivoire

    30 March, 2016
    'There is no reason to look beyond the continent. Every single opportunity exists here.'
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    Meet the Boss: Henok Teferra, CEO, ASKY Airlines

    23 March, 2016
    'Being an airline CEO is like being a baby because you wake up every three hours with this or that issue.'

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    Have West, Central Africa outgrown the CFA franc?

    30 April, 2016
    Debate over the CFA franc is once again stirring in West and Central Africa with some experts calling for a reform of the colonial currency.
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    Airline sees opportunities in Central Africa’s oil and gas industry, despite low crude prices

    22 April, 2016
    A look at Punto Azul's strategy.
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    ASKY Airlines CEO on what it takes to successfully run an African carrier

    31 March, 2016
    'It is a very challenging environment, not only for foreign carriers, but especially for African carriers.'
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    Meet the Boss: Henok Teferra, CEO, ASKY Airlines

    23 March, 2016
    'Being an airline CEO is like being a baby because you wake up every three hours with this or that issue.'

Recent articles

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    How this Rwandan potato crisps company wants to compete against Lay’s

    2 May, 2016
    'We need to position our product as a premium brand that can compete with foreign brands,' says Pascal Murasira, co-founder of snack label Winnaz.
  2. cfa 200x240

    Have West, Central Africa outgrown the CFA franc?

    30 April, 2016
    Debate over the CFA franc is once again stirring in West and Central Africa with some experts calling for a reform of the colonial currency.
  3. Leon Ayo 200x240

    Why expats are falling out of vogue in Africa, and what this means for companies

    29 April, 2016
    Odgers Berndtson recently released a white paper revealing many companies are actively reducing the number of expat executives they deploy across Africa.
  4. twitter logo black 200x240

    Study sheds light on how Africans use Twitter

    29 April, 2016
    How Africa Tweets is an annual study by Portland Communications which highlights Twitter trends, hashtag usage and online habits in Africa.
  5. Quiton Douman 200x240

    Rejection is an essential path to growth – use it to serve you

    29 April, 2016
    Entrepreneurs should create an environment which allows teams and themselves to accept rejection.
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