It was a very cold afternoon in January of 2014. Our International Commercial Arbitration class had ended barely ten minutes earlier. I stood by the exit doors, occasionally peering through the thick transparent glass, as though such a ritual would make the outside temperature warmer when I finally stepped out into the wintry conditions.
Life for African banks has been relatively easy. Treasury bills provide a high return for little effort. Western capital is getting very low rates at home, and is seeking out higher rates in Africa.
Franklyn Jumu: African Banks; Ensuring Africa’s resources work for Africa – its natural resources, its capital markets and its domestic revenues
Africa competes for capital with other parts of the world. A stable continent is the absolute prerequisite for this. The Banking industries mandate requires them to minimize the risks of doing business for Africans and foreign investors alike.
A lot has happened and is still happening in Africa. The pace and speed of development on one hand, and the seemingly daunting challenges of the African continent on the other hand, as against its enormous natural and human resources are all exciting in their rights.
Herbert Rajula, with years of experience and expertise in the financial and banking industry, founded Poraeh Investments in 2013 as an answer to mobile money transfer in Kenya. His interview with Africa Business Communities:
What is safety? Bloody waste of time and money! Really? No doubt, there are some business owners who may think, feel and act like safety is a waste of time and money; an abstract quantity and a studied distraction from the all-important business of production.
Quinton van der Burgh is Chairman, Innovatec Africa, South Africa. His interview with Africa Business Communities:
According to Jean Houston in her article “Social Artistry”, too many of the problems in societies today stem from leadership. Unfortunately such leadership is grossly ill prepared to deal with present diversity and complexity.
Since shortly after independence, Botswana has depended on its diamond revenues.
On a regular basis we consult African CEO's about their views on business.
Although I have lived and worked in Africa for several years and have occasionally been called "an African", I am still learning about the massive Africa. I can only provide a brief "take" about what I perceive about the topic of scientific development in the continent.
Many companies/organizations remain unaware of the impact that angry customers have on their reputation. The value of a happy customer is well understood but the influence and potential of an angry customer should never be underestimated.
Harriman Isa Oyofo is Chairman/CEO of Health , Safety and Loss Control company, Mann Safety, Nigeria. His interview with Africa Business Communities:
The news about the current Nigerian fuels crisis is already spreading beyond the realms of the Gulf of Guinea. It is said that this one is the worst since anyone can remember. This is truly not an enviable legacy for the outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan.
Africa Business Communities has set up several business directories among which the directory for players in the Market Research Business in Africa.
Oluwafemi Adebiba is a director at Kosiberu Koncepts, Nigeria. ABC brings this interview with him:
Brandon Wilson is founder and creator of Awesome South Africa, the first mobile app of its kind in South Africa. His interview with ABC:
It is important for the small business owner to take workplace accidents seriously because they can have a terminal effect on the business. Prevention should be the key and all accidents should be duly reported, recorded and investigated to prevent reoccurence.
Stallone-Obaraemi Samuel is a Senior Human Resources Manager with TNS Global, and has bagged about 10 years of experience and practice. He also runs an educational organization via which he grants basic education scholarship to a few African children, plus hopes to grow the number of beneficiaries in time. His interview with ABC:
Akin Oke is is a Management Consultant with Easy Data Resources Ltd., Nigeria and Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Leadership. He is an incurable optimist about the possibilities of Nigeria. His interview with ABC: