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US Introduces Legislation to Compete with China on Development Finance

  On February 27, 2018, a new bill (BUILD Act of 2018) was introduced out of the Senate Foreign Relations committee to establish the United States International Development Finance Corporation which would enable private sector money and skills towards economic development activity in lower to middle income countries and countries transitioning from nonmarket to market […]

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The World Bank Group launches XL Africa, An Incubator for Start-Ups

XL Africa will grab headlines this week as the newest big player on the Africa digital start-up Scene.  The new program is a World Bank Administered five-month acceleration program that will support 20 promising digital start-ups from Sub-Saharan Africa.  XL Africa is an incubator of sorts with a big payday for participants.  Each of the […]

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Facebook opens first African office in Johannesburg

Facebook announced this week that it’s opening its first office in Africa and has hired Ogilvy and Nike veteran, Nunu Ntshingila-Njeke to head it.  Based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, the company hopes to build on 20% growth experienced between September of 2014 and June of 2015.  

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Africa Investment Forum 2009

African Linkages for African Growth: Promoting New Trade and Investment Flows The Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) is pleased to announce its flagship Africa Investment Forum (AIF) to be held on 21th-22th September in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Forum provides a platform to bring investors and projects together to enhance African trade and investment, and to build […]

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Mohamed ‘Mo’ Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim is a fixture in the early international mobile telecommunications industry and is the founder of one of Africa’s most successful mobile telecom companies, Celtel International (Zain). Founded in 1998, Celtel International was one of the first pan African providers to bring the benefits of mobile communications to millions of people across the African […]

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Negotiating in an Economic Downturn

“The best time to negotiate is when you are willing to walk away from the deal,” says Donald Trump. The U.S. real estate mogul and reality TV star should know – one of Trump’s autobiographies is entitled the Art of the Deal. Trump’s entire career is based on putting together seemingly impossible deals, negotiating with […]

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Rwanda is the World’s Top Business Reformer

Rwanda is the first sub-Saharan African economy to lead the world in business reforms, according to a recent report by The Doing Business Project.  The annual report is published by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The country has seen steady improvement in its commercial laws and institutions over the last 8 years.  In 2008 it […]

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Reliable studies show that for the next five years, television advertising spending in Africa will be driven by double digit growth provided that African audiences can be exposed to significantly better programming. All facts also point to a potentially very dynamic marketplace for African TV Stations, suppliers of programs and formats, and advertisers and their […]

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Outsourcing Social Media

Busy business owners should consider delegating marketing – including marketing via social networking. Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in and similar sites can absorb an astonishing amount of time. The results of such marketing efforts may not be immediate. Designating someone else to handle social media makes sense for many entrepreneurs. “At first I was doing it all […]

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Israeli Delegation on Eight Day Official Tour of Five African Countries

The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr Avigdor Liberman is expected in Accra on Monday, as part of an eight-day official tour of 5 African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. A statement issued and signed by Mr William Anani-Abotsi, Assistant Director of Information and Public Affairs Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional […]

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