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Standard Bank launches first-ever biannual African trade index

Lifting the lid on the continent’s USD 70 billion trade opportunity The inaugural publication of Standard Bank’s Africa Trade Barometer is expected to become Africa’s leading trade index.  Present in 20 African markets and supporting trade activities in many more, Standard Bank enjoys a uniquely privileged view of Africa, “especially its rapidly emerging enterprises heavily focused …

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How Can Businesses Avoid The Great Resignation? Earn Employee Support

By Andrew Bourne, Regional Manager – Africa, Zoho Corporation It would be tempting to think South Africa is immune to the Great Resignation. Referring to the unprecedented number of workers quitting their jobs in the wake of the pandemic, this phenomenon has been blamed on everything from government support programmes (most notably in highly developed …

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Blockchain: Remittance & Payments Opportunities In Africa

Ian Putter, Head of Blockchain for Africa at Standard Bank Blockchain technology has burst onto the African fin-tech scene over the past two years as adoption on the continent has skyrocketed. The distributed ledger technology creates new possibilities for transparent, decentralized and fraud-proof solutions that can help boost trade opportunities between African countries.  The continent …

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Brand Activism And Generation Z: How To Make Your Brand Resonate

By Bianca Gardella, Business Unit Director, Irvine Partners The purchasing power of Generation Z is growing, and if your company isn’t paying attention, you could be missing out.  Engaging with this savvy generation, however, necessitates a different approach than when interacting with their elder peers. This generation values corporate social responsibility and brand advocacy. They …

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How Gamification Can Level Up Your Corporate E-learning

By Michael Gullan, CEO of G&G Advocacy We all know how social media gamifies communication by offering immediate, vivid, and quantified evaluations of our conversational success. These game-like features are responsible for much of social media’s psychological wallop. Social media is addictive, in part, because it feels so good to watch those likes go up, …

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The Type Of Business Every Country Wants To Start

Small businesses are the driving force of economic growth in both developing and developed countries around the world. According to the World Trade Organization, small- and medium-sized enterprises account for 45% of GDP in developing and developed countries and 66% of total jobs. The ability to start and grow new businesses is crucial to the health …

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Investment Property Tips

Buying a property for investment purposes has grown in popularity over the years. This is due to a number of things including the popularity of homesharing and the growth of the rental economy, especially among the younger generations who don’t all wish to own assets, according to a Deloitte survey.  Even though we are due …

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Strategy & Will Are Key To Growth Of Africa’s Communities

With a fresh burst of growth in Africa’s business sector, there has never been a better time to produce innovative solutions to also offer effective social impact solutions for millions of African citizens. As we mark Africa Day on 25 May , and amidst the rebuilding of the continent’s economy in the wake of the …

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Forward Thinking on trade, vaccines, and sustainable and inclusive growth

WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala The World Trade Organization’s first African—and first female—director-general reflects on the impact of the pandemic on trade, the imperative to ensure that vaccines reach Africa and other emerging economies, and how to ensure that trade is more inclusive in the years ahead. In this episode of the McKinsey Global Institute’s Forward Thinking podcast, guest …

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