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17 July 2017
Doing business in rural Africa: Strategies for success

Doing business in rural Africa: Strategies for success

There are various examples of companies doing thriving business in Africa’s rural areas. Through innovative sales, marketing and distribution tactics, they are overcoming common rural challenges such as under-developed infrastructure...

14 July 2017
Case study: How this Singapore tech company built a thriving business in Africa

Case study: How this Singapore tech company built a thriving business in Africa

Singapore is the home of CrimsonLogic, an information and communication technologies (ICT) company founded in 1988. Within only six years of its creation, it was already taking its first steps...

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...

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  • Africa has been in focus for various Singaporean companies, with great success. Various Singapore companies have either started their business ventures in Africa, or have seen the business opportunities in Africa and have subsequently expanded their business to exploit these opportunities. Azul World developed a poultry startup in Rwanda. The initial focus was on boosting food nutrition in Rwanda, because Rwanda has very low levels of consumption of meat protein. In Rwanda, chicken meat is typically eaten just on special occasions. That is unusual as in most parts of the world, chicken is eaten more regularly. In this session, Ms Shumei Lam, the Managing Director of Poultry East Africa Ltd, will present her views on the opportunities and challenges on developing a poultry farm in Rwanda, amongst others addressing the three elements of her business - a feed mill, the farm and a processing plant, all of which are quite brand new concepts for Rwanda.

     

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