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Activist Greta Thunberg was among attendees who want the world’s leaders to prioritise fighting climate change.
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How CEOs, experts and philosophers see the world's biggest risks differently

We live in a world threatened by numerous existential risks that no country or organisation can resolve alone, such as climate change, extreme weather and the coronavirus...

By Christopher Michaelson 18 hours ago

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How fintechs are making Africa a leading global innovation hub

In a continent where over 60% of the adult population is unbanked and the financial sector is considerably underdeveloped, fintech has been a welcomed revolution that is seen to be boosting Africa's financial infrastructure...

By Josephine Wawira 1 day ago

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Coronavirus does not look like a 'black swan' event - here are some reasons to be cautiously optimistic

The alarm is sounding again. The Asia financial markets were reasonably calm about the new coronavirus until the news of the lockdown of the whole city of Wuhan in China on 23 January...

By Zheng Wang 1 day ago

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre) with a host of African leaders at the UK Africa Investment Summit in London. EPA-EFE/Hollie Adams
UK-Africa trade and investment: who benefits?

There has been much about a major Africa investment summit being hosted by the UK. Attended by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and an array of royals, a great deal of hopeful win-win-win rhetoric abounded linked to forging new partnerships for a post-Brexit future...

By Ian Scoones 24 Jan 2020

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SDGs create investment opportunities in Africa

There is a $197bn opportunity for private-sector investors in five high-growth markets in Africa to help achieve the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals...

24 Jan 2020

#BFGlobal500: Amazon breaks $200bn mark, still world's most valuable brand
#BFGlobal500: Amazon breaks $200bn mark, still world's most valuable brand

Amazon makes history as the first brand in Brand Finance Global 500 ranking to exceed $200bn value mark and retains title of world's most valuable brand for the third consecutive year...

22 Jan 2020

Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge
Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge

Member States of the African Union (AU) have a combined population of over 1.2 billion people and gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion - yet the continent accounts for less than 3% of world trade...

By Andrew Skipper 21 Jan 2020

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What Nigeria needs to do to avoid World Bank's worst case scenario

In its latest report on Nigeria, the World Bank issued a stark warning: that the country risks becoming home to a quarter of the world's destitute people in a decade unless policymakers act to revive economic growth and lift employment...

By Wale Fatade 20 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Disrupting legacy African payments - going digital
#BizTrends2020: Disrupting legacy African payments - going digital

A country's payments system is probably not the first thing we think of when we think about the challenge of economic development. But payments are key to the bottom-up economic growth urgently needed...

By Murray Gardiner 17 Jan 2020

Kenya is one of Africa's success stories. Image source: Getty/Gallo
Balancing the risks and opportunities on the African continent

It would be remiss to paint the African continent with one brush as many countries are at varying stages of their own macro and political cycles...

By Danesh Ranchhod 16 Jan 2020

Zak Sivalingum; FNB regional director: Gauteng East
One Africa: Businesses need to drive the AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is the subject of much excitement and debate at the moment. All but one of the 55 countries making up the continent have signed the agreement...

By Zak Sivalingum 15 Jan 2020

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US is more relaxed about oil spike than Europe - which helps explain differences over Iran

Oil prices shot up following the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, rising more than $5 per barrel to more than $71 (£54) on January 6, its highest level since the Saudi oil refinery attack last September...

By Mueid Al Raee 15 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

By Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

Investing now for the tax audit of the future
Investing now for the tax audit of the future

Transfer pricing is one of the hottest tax issues globally, and Africa is no exception...

By Caleb Langat 24 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Finance & Insurance
#BestofBiz 2019: Finance & Insurance

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

The digital economy's environmental footprint is threatening the planet
The digital economy's environmental footprint is threatening the planet

Modern society has given significant attention to the promises of the digital economy over the past decade. But it has given little attention to its negative environmental footprint...

By Raynold Wonder Alorse 9 Dec 2019

Digital traders will not escape taxation. Create Jobs 51/Shutterstock
Kenya's tax on digital trade and services: what's known and not known

Kenya will start levying new tax on digital markets under a new law signed by the president early in November...

By Mercy Muendo 9 Dec 2019

Reza Hendrikse
Diversification is key during market uncertainty

After a quiet start to the third quarter, a familiar script began playing out with President Donald Trump once again proceeding to threaten China with additional tariffs on imports...

By Reza Hendrickse 6 Dec 2019

Cyber insecurity is a threat to Africa’s digital economy. Riccardo Mayer/Shutterstock
What's been done to fight cybercrime in East Africa

East Africa attracts millions of tourists every year. Over the past 10 years, its earnings from tourism have doubled. Compared to the rest of Africa, the region is experiencing healthy economic growth. This makes it a promising investment destination...

By Mercy Muendo 3 Dec 2019

Tanya van Lill
Private equity helps, rather than hinders, job creation

There has been a string of negative conversations headlining in the US press, blaming private equity (PE) for massive job losses and calling for tougher regulations...

2 Dec 2019

#GlobalGenderSummit: 'Financial sector has a responsibility to women of Africa' - AfDB president
#GlobalGenderSummit: 'Financial sector has a responsibility to women of Africa' - AfDB president

At the recent inaugural session of the Global Gender Summit, hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the organisation's president, Akinwumi Adesina, called for greater access to finance for African women...

29 Nov 2019

Kyle Mandy
Technology makes it easier for taxpayers

Technology employed by economies across the globe has made it substantially easier for businesses to pay their taxes...

29 Nov 2019

Ross Jenvey
FDI on the rise in Africa

While foreign direct investment (FDI) is falling in other global markets, it is on the rise in Africa, with approximately $46bn in FDI flowing into the continent in 2018 - an 11% increase compared to the previous year...

25 Nov 2019

Annual digital commerce spend to climb to $19tn by 2024
Annual digital commerce spend to climb to $19tn by 2024

A new study by Juniper Research reveals that global spending on digital commerce will reach $18.7 trillion by 2024, up from $11.2 trillion in 2019...

20 Nov 2019

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Financial services need to wake up to fact that treating customers well is good business

South Africa's regulatory regime for the financial services sector is going through major changes. The question is whether companies can adapt to a principles-based approach...

By Andrew Schmulow 19 Nov 2019

African infrastructure investment exceeded $100bn in 2018
African infrastructure investment exceeded $100bn in 2018

Infrastructure financing in Africa Africa exceeded $100bn for the first time in 2018, but significant financing gaps still remain...

18 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa
#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa

The next technological evolution is advancing at an exponential rate and by leaving out some on this journey, we allow the current societal divides and inequalities to deepen...

By Sindy Peters 15 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: "Every consumer today behaves like a millennial, your business needs to catch up!"
#AfricaCom: "Every consumer today behaves like a millennial, your business needs to catch up!"

Dion Jerling, co-founder of Connect Earth was chair of the third and final day of AfricaCom 2019's keynote sessions. He said there had been closer to 17,000 attendees than predicted 15,000 and convened a panel discussion on getting user experience (UX) right...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Nov 2019

Professor Hanlie Smuts
#AfricaCom: Beyond fintech, where humans and technology meet

Fintech is the trailblazer for interactions between humans and tech, and learnings beyond that journey can be extended to agriculture, education and healthcare...

By Nicci Botha 15 Nov 2019

Pieter de Villiers, co-founder and CEO, Clickatell
#AfricaCom: Chat commerce leapfrogs in Africa

Chat commerce and chat banking have revolutionised the way companies are serving their customers. Without having to invest in new architecture, companies are able to meet and engage with their clients on the platforms of their choice...

13 Nov 2019

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