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20 June 2017
Djibouti plays the West off against the Far East

Djibouti plays the West off against the Far East

China recently established a military base in Djibouti. Little is known about the base except that it may have capacity to house up to 10 000 troops. The military base...

12 June 2017
Africa’s growing leverage in business and trade relations

Africa’s growing leverage in business and trade relations

Hot on the heels of China’s US$1tn Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Conference earlier in May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an equally ambitious ‘Asia-Africa Growth Corridor’ (AAGC) at...

09 June 2017
Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative just a bedtime story?

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative just a bedtime story?

‘Once upon a time several routes led from China to central Asia and to Europe. It was called the Silk Road. People put things on camels and crossed the desert...

24 May 2017
Doing Business: Can Nigeria replicate the Singapore model like Mauritius did?

Doing Business: Can Nigeria replicate the Singapore model like Mauritius did?

It is undeniable that there is a correlation between a country’s business environment, foreign direct investment inflows and international trade performance. Countries that make setting up businesses easy, allow clearance...

22 May 2017
Can off-grid electricity power Africa?

Can off-grid electricity power Africa?

More than 640 million Africans, or about 60% of the continent’s population, don’t have access to reliable and affordable grid-connected electricity, and are therefore dependent on energy sources such as...

11 May 2017
Is South Africa a gateway for China’s investment in Africa?

Is South Africa a gateway for China’s investment in Africa?

Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent with 54 different countries, consisting of a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. After the end of apartheid more than two...

11 May 2017
Africa eyes its prized Continental Free Trade Area

Africa eyes its prized Continental Free Trade Area

Former Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi didn’t like it when the African Union (AU) set tight deadlines that might never be achieved. At a debate about intra-African trade at the...

18 April 2017
Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil and Africa: What to expect

Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil and Africa: What to expect

Synopsis In the wake of controversial picks for Trump’s cabinet, the spotlight turns to his appointed choice for Secretary of State, the highest diplomatic rank in the United States government. After...

10 April 2017
The TFTA and intra-regional trade in Africa

The TFTA and intra-regional trade in Africa

Morocco rejoined the African Union (AU) in January after a 33-year absence. Last month it raised eyebrows when it also applied to join ECOWAS. While it had quit the AU...

12 April 2017
Smart cities in Africa: Nairobi and Cape Town

Smart cities in Africa: Nairobi and Cape Town

Smart cities leverage on technology and use the large amount of data their citizens generate every second to optimise resources, to connect people and to improve business and trading. A...

05 April 2017
Expanding into Africa through a franchise model: The experience of Soda King

Expanding into Africa through a franchise model: The experience of Soda King

Franchising can be an effective route for Asian companies to grow their businesses into various African countries. Franchising mitigates many of the financial risks of expanding to a new territory,...

13 March 2017
China-Africa relations: Musings from the Belt and Road initiative

China-Africa relations: Musings from the Belt and Road initiative

In 2013, China proposed the joint building of the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, also known as the Belt and Road. The Belt and Road...

22 February 2017
The new era in Kenyan banking – innovate or die

The new era in Kenyan banking – innovate or die

The banking industry in Kenya is under pressure and is calling for a review of the controversial interest cap law enacted in August 2016. The banks point to the adverse...

22 February 2017
Agriculture in Africa: Potential versus reality

Agriculture in Africa: Potential versus reality

With more than 60% of its 1.166 billion people living in rural areas, Africa’s economy is inherently dependent on agriculture. More than 32% of the continent’s gross domestic product comes...

21 February 2017
THINK AGAIN: Will the AU impact Morocco more than Morocco will impact the AU?

THINK AGAIN: Will the AU impact Morocco more than Morocco will impact the AU?

Morocco’s AU readmission could improve North African integration – if the Western Sahara issue can be resolved.

20 February 2017
Will economic priorities be the focus for the next AU Chairperson?

Will economic priorities be the focus for the next AU Chairperson?

Africa’s decision to elect Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad to the post of AU Chairperson, took the headline news at this January’s AU Heads of State summit in Addis Ababa....

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