Features

Africa’s performance over the year 2017: A Q4 summary by ICAEW Economic Insight

12-18-2017 | 09:54:00
East Africa is forecast to show very strong real GDP growth of 5.9% over the full year 2017. The biggest contributor to this expansion was Ethiopia (accounting for a full 2% of regional GDP growth), with its stellar performance of 7.1%.

[Column] Nana Yaa Ofori-Atta: Ghana's big push to attract investment from Asia - Japan, Singapore, China - is well underway

12-18-2017 | 08:53:00
At a breakfast meeting held in Accra on Friday December 15th, the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, announced that "we are today examining the possibilities of arranging for a total of $300 - $500m Ghanaian debt issuance on Asian capital markets."

[Startup Interview] Traverse King, co founder, Test Heroes Consulting, South Africa

12-13-2017 | 11:02:00
Traverse King is the co-founder of Test Heroes Consulting, a South African startup that has positioned itself as the market leader in testing web and standalone applications to improve productivity and minimize business costs.

[Column] Bob Koigi: Tackling information gap in Sub Saharan Africa to spur farming renaissance

12-13-2017 | 11:00:00
Sub Saharan Africa is home to dozens of internationally respected agricultural research institutions majority who have their head offices in the region.

[Column] Peter Eigen: Transparency is key to corruption-free infrastructure in Africa

12-12-2017 | 05:23:00
Corruption is nothing new and it’s certainly not unique to Africa. When I worked in the World Bank’s East Africa office back in 1991, it was not just common to see multi-national companies in developed countries pay bribes to secure lucrative projects in Africa.

[Column] Kamal Mokrani: Wireless services in Africa

12-06-2017 | 08:00:00
While Africa is seeing an increase in demand for connectivity in order to bridge the ever-present digital divide between urban and rural areas, the bottlenecks experienced when backhauling data streams by service providers of all types is still a major issue that needs to be addressed.

[Column] Phylis Wakiaga: Protecting intellectual property rights to drive industrialization

12-05-2017 | 08:30:00
In the 2017 Global Innovation Index, institutions that nurture and support the flourishing of innovation, regardless of whether it is research-based or not, were identified as critical to industrial growth.

[Column] Jens Ischebeck: Four key essentials of e-learning in Africa

12-04-2017 | 10:03:00
The rate of technological advancement in Africa is growing rapidly. Introduction of computer and internet in the 20th century has significantly improved the way of life across the globe and in the African continent.

[Startup Interview] Bockarie Banya, CEO, Dukanii UG, Sierra Leone

11-30-2017 | 11:49:00
At a time when Africa continues to enjoy increased continental trade and booming business with its international peers, technology has been hailed as a key driver to this success.

[Column] Bob Koigi: What the entry of small players portends for the flower industry

11-30-2017 | 11:37:03
Africa’s smallholder farmers are the apex of agricultural output in the continent contributing a staggering 75percent of all agricultural production and creating millions of jobs in the process.

[Column] Kim Humby: Fintech innovators reveal four core challenges for Africa

11-28-2017 | 09:13:00
At the inaugural African Fintech Unconference, a cross-section of professionals from the local and global fintech sectors gathered for two days to discuss key opportunities and challenges for fintech in Africa.

[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Informal industries as the mainspring for equity and equality

11-27-2017 | 13:23:18
Equity and Equality are two distinctive terms often used interchangeably but have two very different meanings.

[Startup Interview] Utibe Uko, Founder, UniQuest Farms & Innovations Centre, Nigeria

11-24-2017 | 08:23:23
Utibe Uko has his mind and eyes set on luring more youth into farming through his enterprise UniQuest Farms & Innovations Centre that besides working in vegetable cultivation, is partnering with young people in Nigeria through Agribusiness Cooperative Development.

Expats choose South Africa for adventure and quality of life - Cigna survey

11-23-2017 | 14:50:00
Globally mobile individuals, also known as expatriates or ‘expats’, who choose to live and work in South Africa, cite the adventure (74%), a better quality of life (72%), or to gain international experience (67%) as their reasons for accepting assignments in the country.

[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Manufacturing should be everyone’s business

11-17-2017 | 12:30:00
South Korea, currently the 11th largest economy in the world, is often regarded as an economic miracle because of its rapid economic and social transformation, which continues to be a case study as to how global economies can achieve sustained and broad-based growth.

[Startup Interview] Samuel Munguti, CEO, Farmers Pride, Kenya

11-16-2017 | 12:30:00
At a time when smallholder farmers across Africa, who form the bulk of the food producers, are struggling with access to key agricultural inputs including fertilizer and seeds, Farmers Pride, based in Kenya has rolled out an elaborate plan to address these biting challenges.

Bring 'hidden' employee costs to light before the deal is done

11-15-2017 | 05:28:24
While it's unlikely that a company changing hands would deliberately conceal any employee costs and liabilities from potential buyers, due to the buyer's unfamiliarity with the local employment landscape it is possible to miss some employee costs..

Engaging Africa’s young girls with technology

11-13-2017 | 12:17:00
Young girls in Africa face overwhelming barriers to education caused by socio and economic challenges, widening the gender gap.

[Column] Dr. Steve New: Why potato farming is big business for Kenya

11-13-2017 | 10:30:00
Under the USAID funded Feed the Future Programme that is being implemented in Kenya through the Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises, we ventured into potato to increase productivity .

[Column] Phyllis Wakiaga: Why Kenya Needs an Industrial Water Policy

11-10-2017 | 12:38:13
Water is becoming an increasingly paradoxical subject; mainly because it is a universal basic need without which there would be no life, and yet, it is fast becoming the foremost depleted and scarce resource in the world.