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Optimising People Costs in an Economic Downturn






The current economic landscape calls for conscientious efforts in optimizing value from scarce resources, while […]

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Incredible growth of Kenya’s beer market

The market place in 2014 – Competition benchmarks











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.

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Transacting and investing in Egypt











Egypt is home to more that 82 million people, which is the third largest population in Africa and the largest in the Arab world. Recently, the Northeast African country has been plagued by political instability and waves of protestor violence, impacting a number of sectors, including business and tourism.

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Distance learning – is Africa ready?

The role of women in economic decision-making











“Women Matter”, a McKinsey & Company study, suggests that the companies where women are most strongly represented at board or top-management level are also the companies that perform best. From this and various other similar studies, it is evident that having women on boards has an economic impact on the financial performance of organisations.

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Africa Brief: Barclays Africa looks at asset disposals and more...

Africa Brief: Kenya slashes coffee output on poor prices, Nigeria startup coins it on vast jobless number, and more











Kenya has lowered its coffee produc­tion and export earnings projections for the 2012-13 (October-September) coffee year due to poor global prices and reduced crop acreage, the industry regulator said, The Coffee Board of Kenya said it expected produc­tion of 44000 tons of coffee, down from the previous year’s 49 003 tons. Export earnings for the season could dip to 17 billion shillings (R1.9bn) from 19 billion shillings made previously.

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Morocco’s solar power story is just beginning

Africa Brief: Zambia considers external auctions of emeralds, Nigeria pipeline repairs and more…











Zambia, the third-biggest emerald producer, will decide this week if it will allow stones mined in the country to be auctioned abroad, said Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma. The government would base its decision on the success of an auction under way in the capital, Lusaka, by Gemfields’s local unit, he said in an interview yesterday at the sale.

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Focus areas for Africa’s green agenda











In recent times, the term going ‘green’ has gained notable traction in both the political and business world. Increasingly, we are called to realize the impact that our social and economic activities have on the environment around us, and in turn, the long-term implications that this impact has. In this article, we take a look at the key focus areas for Africa’s green agenda.

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Why infrastructure planning should be the driver for urban development











The development of sustainable urban infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges of today. Urban growth is placing enormous pressure on existing infrastructures and the ability of governments to cater for all citizens in terms of housing and services. Innovative thinking is needed to help African cities keep pace with urban growth – important considering that more than a third of African inhabitants reside in cities.

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Africa’s megacities: infrastructure a key priority











Africa’s expected to have 1.2 billion urban residents by 2050, intensifying the need to develop Africa’s megacities and making infrastructure a key strategic priority. Episode 9 of the Africa Conversation Series took a closer look at Prioritising Africa’s Megacities, focusing on the challenges surrounding the development of Africa’s next major megacities. Also highlighted was the importance of addressing the challenges, and how to prioritise development to ensure maximum benefits for business and Africa’s growing urban population.

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Big Cities Infrastructure Prioritisation











Cities are burdened with aging and failing infrastructure in some areas on the one hand, as well as huge development and service delivery needs in previously disadvantaged areas on the other. In many cities across Africa, government institutions that are charged with the responsibility of delivering and maintaining infrastructure have become stretched by skills shortages and increased maintenance responsibilities.

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The future for African cities











The African Development Bank (AfDB) identified the management of rapid urbanisation in already overburdened cities as one of the key challenges for African policy makers in the coming decades.

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Nairobi to test drive Kenya Power’s smart meters project

Facts on African cities











The emergence of African cities is the highest form of social organisation, often associated with advancing human development with cities incorporating economic, cultural and political factors. For instance Lagos in Nigeria has boomed from 300 000 inhabitants in 1960 to over 17 million today and Johannesburg is the largest city which boasts some of the richest mineral deposits the world has ever seen …

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