Friday, December 19, 2014: Top 10 Business & Finance Must Reads

1. Africa Tech Trends: Reflecting on 2014

An in-depth look at the tech progress in Africa, and how these trends are influencing predictions for the tech/business sector across the continent.
Source: How We Made It In Africa

2. Turning Africa's Big 5 into Hard Cash

How the global business of poaching Africa's top animals for ivory has caused many popular animals to be labeled endangered.
Source: Mail & Guardian

3. Top 10: Africa's Most Prosperous Countries

A look at the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as well as quality of life in countries such as Botswana, Algeria, Rwanda and Morocco.  
Source: CNN

4. Why Dangote Is Africa’s Smartest Businessman

Find out what Aliko Dangote told the Financial Times he is increasing his investment in despite a current global decline in the industry.  
Source: Ventures Africa

5. Nigeria Makes Further Efforts to Defend Currency

What are the further measures Nigeria has taken to support the Naira?

Source: BBC

6. Uganda Parliament Approves Single East African Currency

Learn more about the Ugandan parliament's approval of an effort to establish the East African Monetary Union. The move could lead to a single common currency for the region.    
Source: The Africa Report

7. Over $6 Trillion Lost to Illicit Flows

Why Global Financial Integrity says "developing nations lost $6.6 trillion between 2003 and 2012."  
Source: Voice of America

8. Pollution in Tunisia

"Since the late 19th century Tunisia’s number one export has been phosphates, used to make fertilisers, plastics and paints. But locals say that the state-managed industry is causing pollution and illness, and that authorities are reluctant to curb the damage because it could reduce profits."
Source: Economist

9. 14 Ways African Governments Can Extract More From Their Natural Riches

Experts share how Africa - rich in oil, gas and diamonds - can better profit from natural resources in each country.
Source: The Guardian

10. Five Real Estate Predictions For 2015

The five key trends Ventures Africa believes are "proving to be something to watch out for in emerging market real estate in the new year."  
Source: Ventures Africa