Monthly Archives: December 2010

  • Mazen Buri

Audio: African Middle Class Is Key to Growth

African countries have been urged to diversify their economies and take advantage of the growing urban middle class consumer on the continent, to sustain the modest growth of the past decade. World Bank private sector expert, Mazen Buri. Speaking to Citi Business at the Africa Summit on Business [...]

  • casablanca, Morocco, Africa

Stranded in Casablanca, Out and About in Tangiers

The “doorway” to Africa, where the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans meet, is where Hercules is said to have smashed through the Isthmus and created two continents. Under blue sky with no volcanic ash in sight, I contemplated the pillars of Hercules, one in Europe—the Rock of Gibraltar—and the other in Africa. [...]

  • A beautiful view of cottages in the Kulungi Riverside Lodge South Africa, Africa

One Day in the Life of a Lodge Manager on a Big Five Reserve

I think it will be a quiet day at the Kulungi Riverside Lodge. Here in the Grietjie private game reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger Park in South Africa, my guests left early to go to their activities. Boot up the computer, check emails, reply to enquiries. Check [...]

  • Mahmoud Mohieldin a Minister of Investment in Egypt-Africa

Audio: World Bank Director Cautions Africa Against Complacency

A managing director of the World Bank, Mahmoud Mohieldin has asked African countries not be complacent in the face of their apparent recovery from the global financial crises. Minister of Investment, Egypt, Mahmoud Mohieldin. Photo Credit:Rapid Response Speaking to newsmen after Africa Conference of Business and Governance, Mr. [...]

  • An overview of Nairobi, Kenya, Africa

In Nairobi on Business? A Few Tips for Enjoying Your Stay

One thing to keep in mind is that during the day, Nairobi seems to be in an everlasting traffic jam. If you are there for business or pleasure, don’t be too ambitious in getting too many things done in one day. Plan well and allow ample [...]

  • Herta von Stiegel

The Africonomist Presents: Q&A with Herta von Stiegel of Ariya Capital

Today, von Stiegel, who founded Ariya Caital in 2008, on the heels of a solid career in investment banking, where she spent years building structured finance businesses, is raising an Africa-focused fund that will invest in financial institutions, telecommunications and clean energy technology. “I basically feel that Africa is now [...]

  • Arik Air crew in a group photo, Nigeria, Africa

First Anniversary of Arik Air’s Lagos to NY-JFK Route – Six Millionth Passenger Transported

Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest commercial airline, is riding the crest of the wave. Within the last few days, the airline has celebrated a series of major milestones. On December 1st, Arik Air carried its six millionth passenger from New York-JFK to Lagos, just one day after its one year anniversary [...]

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