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Covid-19 impact on consumption patterns in Africa's key markets

Prior to the pandemic, Africa was identified as one of the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world, with household consumption growing even faster than GDP...

23 Jul 2020

Richard Neal, MD, Sovereign Trust
SA businesses look offshore to ease Covid-19 pain

The Covid-19 lockdown left a trail of devastation across entire industries - but it has also forced many South African businesses to look for new approaches and markets...

By Richard Neal 21 Jul 2020

The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation
The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation

The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was brokered by the African Union (AU) and adopted by 44 of its 55 member states on 21 March 2018. By February 2019, all AU countries, save for Eritrea, had become signatories to the AfCFTA, which came into force on 30 May 2019...

By Robyn Berger, Theunis Claassen and Catherine Robson 30 Jun 2020

#LockdownLessons: Paxful launches #BuiltWithBitcoin Africa Fund in lockdown
#LockdownLessons: Paxful launches #BuiltWithBitcoin Africa Fund in lockdown

Artur Schaback, one of the co-founders and COO of Paxful, shares how the company has adjusted to life under lockdown...

By Evan-Lee Courie 19 May 2020

The street market at Mont-Bouët in Libreville, Gabon. The country was one of 10 on the continent downgraded this year. Getty Images
Why downgrading countries in a time of crisis is an exceptionally bad idea

A number of rating agencies have downgraded emerging market economies during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their actions have raised the question: why do so during a crisis?

By Misheck Mutize 4 May 2020

Mauritius’ social welfare system is relatively stronger than most nations’ Getty Images
Mauritius heads into coronavirus storm with strong social welfare buffers

The global economic costs of the Covid-19 pandemic will be massive, with the International Monetary Fund forecasting the worst global recession since the 1929 Great Depression...

By Myriam Blin 20 Apr 2020

It’s time the EU turned its rhetoric about Africa into more tangible action. epa
Europe and African relations post Covid-19: time to add size, scale and speed

Since 2000, European and African leaders have been talking about giving the partnership between the two continents a "new strategic" dimension...

By Carlos Lopes 1 Apr 2020

The cost of coronavirus in Africa: What measures can leaders take?
The cost of coronavirus in Africa: What measures can leaders take?

With the novel coronavirus Covid-19 having reached the African continent, countries are getting ready to manage the spread of the virus and ensure that their fragile health systems can cope...

By Dorothy Tembo 1 Apr 2020

AfDB launches $3bn 'Fight Covid-19' Social Bond
AfDB launches $3bn 'Fight Covid-19' Social Bond

The African Development Bank's new $3bn Fight Covid-19 Social Bond is the largest dollar-denominated social bond ever launched in international capital markets to date...

30 Mar 2020

Coverage of Chinese presence in Africa has been somewhat misleading. Shutterstock
China's investments in Africa: a fresh lens offers more balanced insights

The rise of China in Africa has triggered an ongoing debate about whether Chinese capital is a barrier that entraps African governments in practices that hinder poverty reduction...

By Simon Manda 25 Mar 2020

There has been a slide in the levels of foreign direct investment in Africa. Wikimedia Commons
African countries aren't getting as much as they should from foreign direct investment

Economic growth is driven by a number of factors. These include foreign direct investment, national savings, household spending, fiscal and monetary policies...

By Muazu Ibrahim 25 Feb 2020

Ethiopia’s economic growth hovered between 8%-11% for over 10 years but its sovereign credit rating has not been upgraded Shutterstock
African countries aren't borrowing too much: they're paying too much for debt

There is renewed concern about the sustainability of rising debt levels in many African countries. Much of this debt is being incurred through foreign currency denominated Eurobonds issued on international financial markets...

By Misheck Mutize 20 Feb 2020

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Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread...

By Ilan Noy 30 Jan 2020

$50m Standard Bank funding to boost CCBA Ethiopia expansion
$50m Standard Bank funding to boost CCBA Ethiopia expansion

Standard Bank has arranged and structured $50m in financing facilities for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa to support its expansion strategy in Ethiopia over the next five years...

29 Jan 2020

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 28 Jan 2020

China in lockdown. EPA
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 27 Jan 2020

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

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

No coordination on macroeconomic policies in Nigeria Red Confidential/shutterstock
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

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

Up she goes. archigraf
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

#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

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

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

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

Akinwumi Adesina
African investment confidence reaping rewards

Africa is ready to absorb more investments. The risk perceptions from the continent, while high, are often exaggerated. And they do not often match what data shows and return performance on investment...

12 Nov 2019

Singapore's Senior Miniter, Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Africa can be world's next economic hub

With the right policies and linkages, Africa can become an indispensable global economic hub...

7 Nov 2019

The border closure has affected goods from other West African countries. Wikimedia Commons
Nigeria's border closure has implications for Africa's economic integration

Nigeria recently partially closed its border with Benin in an effort to stem the smuggling of rice. It then went on to close its land borders to the movement of all goods from Benin, Niger and Cameroon, effectively banning trade flows with its neighbours...

By Tahiru Azaaviele Liedong 28 Oct 2019

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