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4 Top Investment Opportunities in the DRC

Two businessmen on their iPhones argue over Congolese economic policy at Le Café Conc, an expensive French restaurant in the middle of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  The businessmen – Joseph and Patrice – are small-scale investors from the city. They are sending emails to their brothers in France and …

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Why You Should Invest in Zimbabwe

The news coming from the Western press about Zimbabwe leaves little to be desired about the small former British colony. The Zimbabwe economy has seen rough days. Hyperinflation decimated the economy, particularly between 2005 to 2008. At its peak, the Zimbabwean Central Bank issued currency with expiration dates of six months, effectively longer than the …

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Investment in Ethiopia

5 Top Opportunities for Investment in Ethiopia (II)

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 constructions as sectors that investors …

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Investing in Somaliland

Investing in Somaliland- Is it Dubai 20 Years Ago?

Somaliland. Not Somalia. Somaliland has been an independent region of Somalia proper for more than 20 years. Yet, most Westerners do not associate the former British protectorate with 20 years of independence and stability but rather with the instability and chaos of Mogadishu (which is not part of Somaliland if you did not know). As …

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Africa’s Education

Private Equity Investment in Africa’s Education: Building a Skilled Labor Force

This week’s double Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) article is, well, not about FMCG but important in our series about the sector. The first part of this two-part article looks at education which is an investment opportunity that will support all growth in Africa, including FMCG. The second part will look at energy. The Demand …

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Africa’s Flags

Africa’s Flags: A Vexillological Approach to Africa

Africa’s flags have been used as common symbols in history for over 5,000 years. Flags in general have been used dating as far back as 3000 BC with a metal Iranian flag and flag representation in Egyptian tomb carvings.  Vexillology (the study of flags),takes its literal meaning from the Latin word for “guide,” a meaning …

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Africa′s Mobile Money Market

Cashing In: Africa′s Mobile Money Market

Leading The Way in Africa′s Mobile Money Race If one were to paint a picture of the Kenya that most of the world is familiar with, it would likely include the wildlife landscapes like the Maasai Mara National Reserve, where you’re guaranteed to see some of the “Big Five,” including lions, leopards, and elephants. Add to …

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