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The biggest issue facing business today is how to grow in a low growth economy. This is the challenge facing the G20 leaders when they meet in Brisbane later this week. Against that backdrop, corruption has a staggering impact on economic growth. At $3 trillion or around 5 percent of global GDP, if corruption were an industry, it would be the world’s third largest.
Rwanda is steadily shedding its association with genocide and replacing it with one of progress, stability and liveability. Its capital city is at the heart of this transformation. What makes Kigali rank among the continent’s most liveable cities? We consider some of the top reasons for the city’s growing acclaim …
A strong manufacturing sector can help Africa’s emerging economies escape the poverty trap and build sustainable growth. With a billion people spread across 54 diverse nations, and rich natural and agricultural resources, Africa is often described as the last true frontier for economic development.
IHS Holding, a telecommunications infrastructure company, buys and manages the cell towers of mobile network operators. The company said last week it had raised a further $130m which will be used to accelerate its plans for expansion into new and existing markets.
Private equity is a vital facet of sustainable development – serving as a mechanism to allow businesses to establish themselves, and to expand. Private equity funds enhance that effect through collective investment, in areas related to private equity: venture or growth capital, distressed investments, leverage buyouts, or mezzanine capital.
Competitiveness in the context of the global marketplace is an expression of the combined environmental, economic and social qualities of a country for the facilitation of economic development.
Africa’s economies have been expanding robustly as new discoveries of coal, oil and gas look set to create substantial business opportunities and transform the continent’s economies. The continent not only is a major producer of diamonds, nickel and uranium, but also holds 40% of the world’s gold, 60% of cobalt and 90% of its platinum reserves. Africa’s growth, however, results from more than a resource boom, having been supported (amongst other factors) by external trends such as its’ increased access to international capital and ability to forge economic partnerships with foreign investors.
By 2030, for the first time in history, 60% of the world’s population will be living in cities. And not just ordinary cities, but huge urban agglomerations called megacities. While these super-sized cities are often considered fundamental to economic development – offering inhabitants tremendous opportunities – they can also be hotbeds of misery and poverty.
Africa Brief: Zimbabwe tries to keep rules, manufactured goods exports, AU ban on NGOs at summit and more
Zimbabwe was trying to reach an agreement to distribute its stones directly to China, Dubai and Israel without violating rules against the sale of gems from the Marange fields. The proposal would not violate Kimberley Process rules because Zimbabwe outside of Marange was certified compliant in 2010. Zimbabwe produced 8 million carats of diamonds worth $865 million (R8 billion) last year to be the seventh-largest producer.
There is no question that poor infrastructure development is one of the greatest inhibiting factors for economic and social development across Africa, or that the continent’s rich natural resources are its best leverage for turning this situation around …
Investment in Africa, and developing the perception of Africa as a promising investment destination, is key to the continued growth, development and success of the region …
Being the economic hub of the continent, benefits to South Africa will have spill-over benefits for the rest of Africa. According to BRIC architect Jim O’Neill (who was originally sceptical about South Africa’s inclusion in the grouping), South Africa has an important role to play, both as a gateway to the continent and as a catalyst for African integration.
Africa’s rate of urbanisation and the development of cities has been slow, but the rise of emerging African cities has coincided with the continent’s growth and rejuvenation …
In this episode of the Africa Conversation Series, the panel of industry experts discuss the challenges that infrastructure poses of the progression and economic growth of Africa. The constraints to growth posed by inadequate infrastructure – whether it be road, rail, power, or ICT – is all too familiar. There is persistant talk of need to be physically building Africa. In this episode we hear a discussion on the pace of transformation and the strides that have been take in the area of infrastructure in Africa.