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Who’s got the biggest economy in Africa?

Nigeria may have lost out to South Africa in terms of being the largest economy in Africa in 2017, but this South African resurgence won’t last for too long.

Islamic finance could be the answer to Africa’s growth problems

Islamic finance can increase access to finance and can help bridge the infrastructure gap in Africa.

Tanzania: Entrepreneur overcomes financing challenges to launch cashew business

YYTZ Agro-Processing focuses on exporting cashew nuts from Tanzania.

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s recovery remains on course, but there are risks to monitor

Growth will remain divergent across the economies.

PARTNER CONTENT: DHL

DHL and MallforAfrica team up to further cross-border e-commerce to the US

Through this partnership, DHL locations will serve as drop-off points for products destined for consumers in the US.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: The township entrepreneur who built his spinach empire with less than $3

“The first capital that you need, more than money, is intellectual capital.”

Start-up snapshot: Capitalising on the continent’s mobile marketing opportunity

“... we paid the so-called school-fees of learning the business and failing a lot along the way.”

Business Focus

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    The coming emerging market demand shock

    17 October, 2017
    A fundamental economic shift is taking place in the wider emerging market world.
  2. Four things this packaging company teaches us about Africa’s consumer goods industry

    17 October, 2017
    Keith Dilkes, Africa export sales manager at Polyoak Packaging, gives his perspective on the trends impacting the consumer goods industry.
  3. Four trend-driven franchising opportunities in South Africa

    17 October, 2017
    Industries that are ripe for expansion.
  4. Taking stock of Uganda’s economy 55 years after independence

    17 October, 2017
    Over the past two decades, Uganda’s economy has developed in important ways.

Foreign investment

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    Trump’s Africa policy is still incoherent, but key signals are emerging

    17 October, 2017
    'Africa has tremendous business potential, I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich,' said the US President.
  2. Debunking the stereotypes about high risks for investing in Africa

    11 October, 2017
    Separating fact from fiction.
  3. Rwanda dials up investment opportunities by playing to its strengths

    3 October, 2017
    Why Rwanda? What opportunities are there for business to leverage the country’s welcoming environment?
  4. What benefits can Africa derive from the BRICS partnership?

    1 October, 2017
    While Africa currently has more significant links with China and India, BRICS provides an avenue to reach out to Brazil and Russia as well.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Acclaimed entrepreneur on bootstrapping, cash flow and why a good idea isn’t enough

    17 October, 2017
    Talking business with Siraaj Adams, co-owner of Cape Town-based Iyeza Health.
  2. At age 36, this Nigerian already has a lifetime of business successes and scars to show

    9 October, 2017
    Battle-hardened entrepreneur shares his story.
  3. Tanzania: Entrepreneur overcomes financing challenges to launch cashew business

    3 October, 2017
    YYTZ Agro-Processing focuses on exporting cashew nuts from Tanzania.
  4. Rotten tomatoes: Nigerian entrepreneur offers solution to age-old farming problem

    18 September, 2017
    A for-profit solution to post-harvest losses.

Profit-making idea

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    Profit-making idea: Backward integration the ‘secret’ to Dangote’s success

    10 October, 2017
    'In Nigeria we are learning how to produce the entire value chain,' says the Nigerian businessman.
  2. Profit-making idea: Become a supplier to Chinese companies in Africa

    14 August, 2017
    Chinese firms in Africa currently only source 47% of their input requirements from local companies.
  3. Profit-making idea: Keep an eye on developments in Sudan

    1 August, 2017
    Sudan could soon emerge as one of Africa’s business and investment hotspots, if decades-old US economic sanctions are lifted.
  4. Profit-making idea: Manufacturing matches in Rwanda

    4 July, 2017
    'It is very easy to produce, but no-one has thought about doing it.'

The journey so far

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    The journey so far: Zandre Campos, CEO, ABO Capital

    9 October, 2017
    'While it is important to know the details of your business, you also need to hire strong staff and delegate control to them.'
  2. The journey so far: Mwiya Musokotwane, CEO, Thebe Investment Management

    2 October, 2017
    'In glorifying success we often don’t talk about all the difficult aspects of being an entrepreneur '
  3. The journey so far: Nir Marom, co-founder and president, Lumos Global

    21 September, 2017
    'Being an entrepreneur and being a successful business manager are not the same thing.'
  4. The journey so far: Etop Ikpe, CEO, Cars45

    13 September, 2017
    Etop Ikpe believes the concept of fake it till you make it is 'completely misunderstood'.

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    Cameroon insight: Anglophone crisis may prolong economic decline

    3 October, 2017
    If the economy continues to weaken it could threaten the CFA franc’s peg against the euro.
  2. Businesswoman builds company that thrives in Africa’s tough and remote areas

    26 July, 2017
    'Plan A has never worked for any project that we’ve undertaken or invested in. I always look at plan M, N, O, P or Q.'
  3. Congolese inventor has a solution to get rural Africa emailing

    25 July, 2017
    A device that makes sending an email over 100-times cheaper.
  4. How German firms can tap into Africa’s diversification drive

    3 February, 2017
    'Where I do see significant opportunities is in the midstream and downstream petroleum industry.'

Private Equity

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    Fundo Soberano de Angola announces investment updates for Q2 2017

    12 October, 2017
    The FSDEA’s total assets increased by $60m to $5.05bn from $4.99bn in 2016.
  2. Value of M&A transactions involving sub-Saharan Africa the highest since 2013

    11 October, 2017
    Investment banking fees reach an estimated $366.3m in the first nine months of 2017.
  3. The business case for Cameroon’s first premier cinema

    27 September, 2017
    The cinema will add to the leisure and entertainment offering at the new Douala Grand Mall.
  4. Zambian CEO on his new satellite town, and which sectors not to invest in

    3 September, 2017
    'If you build it, they will come,' says Mwiya Musokotwane, the 28-year-old CEO of Thebe Investment Management.

Start-up snapshot

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    Start-up snapshot: Capitalising on the continent’s mobile marketing opportunity

    6 October, 2017
    '... we paid the so-called school-fees of learning the business and failing a lot along the way.'
  2. Start-up snapshot: Moroccan platform aiming to ‘Uberise’ healthcare

    11 September, 2017
    DabaDoc is a Morocco-based online platform that allows users to book appointments with medical professionals.
  3. Start-up snapshot: Using artificial intelligence to improve education

    14 August, 2017
    M-Shule uses artificial intelligence to create and deliver personalised learning programmes to students via SMS.
  4. Start-up snapshot: Invest in Nigerian agriculture from anywhere in the world

    3 August, 2017
    Farmcrowdy founder, Onyeka Akumah, tells us about the risks facing the business and his most exciting entrepreneurial moment.

Recent articles

  1. Chinese investment spurs economic growth in Africa

    17 October, 2017
    Chinese support, while relatively invisible to the ordinary person, has been building for more than a decade.
  2. The coming emerging market demand shock

    17 October, 2017
    A fundamental economic shift is taking place in the wider emerging market world.
  3. Four things this packaging company teaches us about Africa’s consumer goods industry

    17 October, 2017
    Keith Dilkes, Africa export sales manager at Polyoak Packaging, gives his perspective on the trends impacting the consumer goods industry.
  4. Four trend-driven franchising opportunities in South Africa

    17 October, 2017
    Industries that are ripe for expansion.
  5. Ethiopian topped industry and customer choice awards as the Rising Star Carrier of the Year

    17 October, 2017
    Payload Asia magazine honours excellence in the air cargo industry with more than 90 nominations competing for 20 awards categories and more than 25,000 online votes in the Customer Choice Awards.
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