Uganda: 2015 Economic Snapshot

The Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion […]

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Private Equity Portfolio report

Introduction to Private Equity

The term ‘private equity’ refers to shareholder capital invested in private companies, as distinguished from publicly listed companies. Private equity funds are generally investment vehicles that invest primarily in enterprises which are not listed on a public stock exchange. An enterprise may seek private equity financing for a variety of applications, from increasing its working […]

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Market Update: Oil & Gas (July 2015)

Oil price benchmarks traded lower in June and early July as both fundamental and technical indicators combined to paint a bleak picture for global oil prices. On the fundamental side, over-production by OPEC, an increase in US oil stocks and a rise in US rig counts supported the notion of an over-supplied market. Chinese demand meanwhile was also seen to […]

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and trade in Africa

What has changed in Africa’s fundamentals over the past decade or more that is driving investment higher? How has investment in Africa changed over the past decade or more in terms of the sectors targeted? Africa is increasingly able to draw attention from the global stage in terms of attracting investment. Taking a step back […]

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Facebook and online shopping? But why not internet banking

Mobile money and insurance in Africa: whats the connection?

Written by Wanjiku Mugambi Insurers take advantage of high mobile phone penetration in Kenya and Ghana to sell products to low-income earners Africa’s mobile telecoms landscape has witnessed tremendous expansion over the past decade and become a big driver of growth across various sectors of the economy. The number of mobile subscribers and mobile network operators (MNOs) in Africa has increased due to enhanced investment and regulation in […]

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International Infrastructure Expansion & the African economy

The Infrastructure Consortium of Africa (ICA) believes that 40 billion potential work hours are lost each year owing to people being unable to open a tap in their homes for water and instead needing to fetch water from another source. From the perspective of land transport, roads account for 80% of goods and 90% of […]

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Facebook and online shopping? But why not internet banking

Banking in Sub-Saharan Africa; Case-Study: Kenyan

The Kenyan banking sector currently consists of 43 commercial banks, one mortgage finance company, nine microfinance banks, seven representative offices of foreign banks, 94 foreign exchange bureaus, seven money remittance providers and two credit reference bureaus. Of the total commercial banks, 13 of them have over 50% foreign ownership. At the end of 2014 Q3, […]

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2015 Global Construction Project Owner’s Survey: Prioritizing projects, Optimizing your portfolio

Whether project owners are operating in buoyant capital project markets or in those still emerging from the economic slowdown there is intense competition internally for funding and people, and externally for scarce contractor resources. Consequently, organizations need to manage their capital efficiently and effectively across a wide range of projects, to ensure they are aligned […]

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Developing the Rail Sector in Africa, how ready are we?

From success stories around the world and other developing Nations, the rail sector or rail transportation is said to be affordable, reliable and probably the most efficient mode of transporting goods and people, with significant contributions to the GDP of such nations. This episode of Invest Africa sheds more light on the major role projects […]

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Africa and China Relationship

China’s Investments in Africa: Who’s gaining & who’s losing?

Let’s talk about Relationship with Africa Chinese investments in Africa has been contentious right from the start; there are questions whether the quest for Africa on the part of China is to create a mutually benefiting arrangement or purely for the partial growth of a party. China brings in the fund, US$166 Billion as at […]

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2035 & beyond: World of energy: disruption

Probable Scenario: 1 The world has developed very dynamically, especially in China and India. Global energy needs have increased by 80 percent. The scarcity of resources (with regard to energy resources, water, land and food) has increased dramatically. “Scarcity management” is a buzzword in Europe that describes how scarcity is used as an innovation driver. Society in Europe is […]

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2035+; scenarios for Tomorrow’s Energy Sector

Today, energy is one of the core issues in the world and the energy market is highly complex. Regulatory requirements, changing customer expectations, economic and ecological aspects, as well as technological challenges force market participants to constantly adapt. The energy sector is characterised by the complex interaction of numerous factors. The scenarios method has proven […]

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