The news coming from the Western press about Zimbabwe leaves little to be desired about the small former British colony. President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s leader since 1987, has been called many things — from enigmatic despot to educated visionary. Both descriptions may be fitting at times, depending on the political [...]
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“The times are changing in the Horn of Africa and the larger East Africa region. Ethiopia – once the byword for famine in the region – is garnering attention from foreign investors. In Part I of “Top 5 Opportunities for Investment in Ethiopia,” I recommended financial services, telecoms, and heavy [...]
The times are changing in the Horn of Africa and the larger East Africa region. Ethiopia – once the byword for famine in the region – is now garnering attention from foreign investors. Sitting in the Sheraton Hotel in Addis Adaba, it is hard not to notice the number of private investors [...]
It was an experience that I hadn’t dared imagine for my personal bucket list: an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the White House. Why did the White House invite me to talk about doing business in Africa? Why is the White House focused on an idea that seems [...]
You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard the news: Africa is a hot economic commodity. “It’s the next China or Dubai,” you say over the water cooler at work. “But isn’t it unstable and unsafe?” a co-worker counters hazily; he skims the New York Times on the way to work, and has recently seen [...]
Editor’s Note: March kicks off with elections in Kenya on the 4th. Starting with this article, we will be shining a spotlight on this East African country throughout the month. Over the next few weeks, we will delve into Kenya’s technology, youth and agriculture. Kenyan elections are here. The debate over jobs, wealth [...]
Landlocked between Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi is easily overshadowed by (and forgotten among) its politically larger neighbors. Burundi is rated as one of the world’s poorest nations, struggling to move forward after many years of civil war. The recent fire in the Bujumbura Marche [...]
Last week, we looked at investing in Somaliland, whose economy is characterized by its informality, and entrepreneurship. This week, we delve into different sectors, starting with the telecommunications market, which is booming, but still facing many challenges. Booming Telecom Sitting at a meeting with business leaders, it is common to [...]
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is proud of the Obama Administration’s level of engagement with the African continent. In response to a question about U.S. trade barriers to Africa products, however, the Secretary of State delivered a strong critique of trade polices between African states.