Airline Partner Ethiopian Airlines

Marketing to sub-Saharan Africa’s middle class: 13 ground rules

Africa's middle class presents a sizeable opportunity for fast-moving consumer goods companies.

Kenyan entrepreneur providing a digital alternative to textbooks

Tonee Ndungu, the founder of Kytabu, discusses his business journey.

PARTNER CONTENT: African Development Prize

King Baudouin Foundation awards 2016-17 African Development Prize to three young, African tech-entrepreneurs

Each tech platform enables communities to access and share information in fundamental areas, like education (Kytabu), legal rights (BarefootLaw) and agriculture (Farmerline).

Ranked: African cities with the best quality of life

Five African cities managed to remain in the top 100 of Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey.

PARTNER CONTENT: RMB

Convertible bonds provide the platinum solution for issuers and investors

Both RBPlat’s and Implats’ convertible bond offerings enabled RMB’s clients to optimise their cost of funding and raise sizable amounts of funding in the capital markets by tapping a more diversified, deeper pool of liquidity.

Interview: Using technology to boost the incomes of West African farmers

Farmerline is a Ghanaian software company that provides small-scale farmers with information such as farming tips, market prices and weather reports.

Fintech: Africa’s payments and remittances space becoming crowded

Talking fintech trends with Tom Jackson, founder of Disrupt Africa.

Business Focus

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    Ranked: African cities with the best quality of life

    27 June, 2017
    Five African cities managed to remain in the top 100 of Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey.
  2. Demonstration farms can help revolutionise African agriculture

    27 June, 2017
    Demonstration farms could help solve some of Africa’s most persistent challenges including degraded soils or the low adoption of irrigation technologies.
  3. Fintech waiting game is on as players line up to capture Africa’s unbanked market

    26 June, 2017
    The advent of fintech has blown Africa’s unbanked market wide open but no one knows yet who the big winners will be.
  4. Marketing to sub-Saharan Africa’s middle class: 13 ground rules

    20 June, 2017
    Africa's middle class presents a sizeable opportunity for fast-moving consumer goods companies.

Foreign investment

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    Germany touts Africa investment as signature issue

    27 June, 2017
    Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to invest some US$335m to attract foreign investors to Africa.
  2. What are the new trends driving private infrastructure investment in emerging markets?

    20 June, 2017
    Over US$4.5tn a year will be spent on infrastructure between now and 2020.
  3. Serving sustainable jobs in the hospitality industry

    14 June, 2017
    The hospitality sector and its role in the value-chain is not merely a necessary accompaniment to economic growth or an afterthought to infrastructure development.
  4. Africa’s growing leverage in business and trade relations

    8 June, 2017
    However, it must also focus on developing coherent collective strategies to maximise the potential gains available.

Entrepreneur watch

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    BarefootLaw: Uganda’s first online legal service

    27 June, 2017
    We speak to managing director Gerald Abila about attracting funding, dealing with risks and his biggest mistake so far.
  2. Photo: King Baudouin African Development Prize

    Interview: Using technology to boost the incomes of West African farmers

    23 June, 2017
    Farmerline is a Ghanaian software company that provides small-scale farmers with information such as farming tips, market prices and weather reports.
  3. Photo: King Baudouin African Development Prize

    Kenyan entrepreneur providing a digital alternative to textbooks

    21 June, 2017
    Tonee Ndungu, the founder of Kytabu, discusses his business journey.
  4. 10 African innovators with game-changing ideas

    19 June, 2017
    Innovators from the healthcare, engineering, energy and communications sectors.

Profit-making idea

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    Profit-making idea: Potential for construction companies along Mozambique’s Nacala corridor

    27 June, 2017
    New logistics corridor offers business opportunities.
  2. Profit-making idea: Keep an eye on Senegal’s emerging oil and gas industry

    13 June, 2017
    An oil and gas boom would generate demand for products and services that support the hydrocarbons industry.
  3. Profit-making idea: What do dried egg yolk, sorbitol and sodium sulphate have in common?

    11 April, 2017
    Import substitution opportunities identified at Africa CEO Forum.
  4. Profit-making idea: Battery recycling – a spin-off from the small-scale solar boom

    27 March, 2017
    Small-scale off-grid solar energy is a booming new industry.

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Jaco Lotz, ‎International Business Development Executive, ADvTECH

    29 May, 2017
    'I’ve been frequently exposed to new challenges through changes in my career path.'
  2. Meet the Boss: Nick Langford, Country Head Kenya, Rendeavour

    23 May, 2017
    'No worthwhile business is ever done after 10:00 in the evening,' says property development boss.
  3. Meet the Boss: Paul Kavuma, CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners

    15 May, 2017
    'It is quite difficult in leadership to listen and to really hear what other people are saying,' says private equity boss.
  4. Meet the Boss: Kevin Lennett, managing director, The Crazy Store

    7 May, 2017
    Kevin Lennett answers our questions.

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    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.'
  2. Understanding Cameroon’s untapped business opportunities

    16 January, 2017
    NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group, shares where he sees opportunities in Cameroon.
  3. On-the-ground realities in central Africa different to investors’ perceptions

    13 December, 2016
    Doing business in French-speaking central Africa is often different to what prospective investors assume, according to private equity boss.
  4. Start-up snapshot: The Cameroonian company using fish to farm crops – and vice versa

    30 November, 2016
    Save Our Agriculture is a start-up that focuses on producing aquaponics kits.

Private Equity

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    Interview: Searching for Africa’s alternative investment opportunities

    30 May, 2017
    We speak to Paul Boynton, the CEO of Old Mutual Alternative Investments.
  2. Why this private equity firm is betting on a Kenyan biscuit manufacturer

    16 May, 2017
    Opportunities in the biscuit business in Kenya and beyond.
  3. Meet the Boss: Paul Kavuma, CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners

    15 May, 2017
    'It is quite difficult in leadership to listen and to really hear what other people are saying,' says private equity boss.
  4. Start-ups in Africa are more likely to grow from client revenue than investment

    9 May, 2017
    Business leaders discuss what it takes to develop African 'unicorns' (start-ups with a valuation of over $1bn).

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  3. Ranked: African cities with the best quality of life

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    Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to invest some US$335m to attract foreign investors to Africa.
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    Demonstration farms could help solve some of Africa’s most persistent challenges including degraded soils or the low adoption of irrigation technologies.
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