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Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 7, 2016 Afribiz
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Lauri Elliott and Nwakego Eyisi of Afribiz discuss the negative indicators for African economies, but share while it looks bad it is a good place to be to look for new, sustainable solutions for thriving economies.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Aug 28, 2013 Afribiz
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Professor Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist for African Development Bank, shares insights from a recent AfDB report, Political  Fragility in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Aug 13, 2013 Afribiz
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Donovan Neal-May, Head of the South African Business Link to Experts (SABLE), discusses the role the South African Diaspora is playing in assisting South African entrepreneurs develop market opportunities.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Aug 12, 2013 Afribiz
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Robert Zeger's, Chief Investment Officer for the African Development Bank, provides AfDB's take on the importance of SMEs in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Nov 15, 2012 Afribiz
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Amrei Botha, Head of SME Banking at Standard Bank, says that 90% of small businesses in Africa are informal. This sector has unique challenges from their formal counterparts, which Standard Bank has taken on as an opportunity. Join us as we discuss with Amrei Botha key insights Standard Bank has learned serving this sector and how the Bank is developing an untapped market successfully.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Nov 14, 2012 Afribiz
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Clickatell was at the forefront of sms gateway services in Africa, and is now taking a significant role in the mobile transaction space.  Peter de Villiers, CEO of Clickatell, joins us to share emerging trends in the mobile messaging and mobile transaction space in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Nov 6, 2012 Afribiz
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Democracy, governance, and economic growth impact the business environment and the development agenda in Africa. New reports by the African Development Bank shed some insights in patterns seen in elections, coups, and revolutions over the last 50 years.  Professor Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President at African Development Bank, joins us to share insights from the reports and pinpoint key challenges for Africa's future trajectory and how business can be a big part of the solution...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 11, 2012 Afribiz
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China-Africa cooperation is here to stay. The question is how will it evolve. Yanjuan Wang, Executive Editor for ChinAfrica Magazine based in Beijing, shares what they see in this key economic and trade relationship between China and Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 1, 2012 Afribiz
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Bryan Sidders, head of Prior Institute, joins us to share their innovative business model to provide health care services in South Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Sep 20, 2012 Afribiz
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Afribiz.fm host, Lauri Elliott, speaks with Jarl Heistee, President of XSML, about investing in SMEs, rather small businesses, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
May 5, 2012 Afribiz
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Ansgar Kiene of the African Renewable Energy Alliance joins us to discuss renewable energy opportunities across Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 15, 2012 Afribiz
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Afribiz’s Lauri Elliot talks shop with Tim Prewitt of Nigeria Markets, a program funded by USAID to improve agriculture in Nigeria. Lauri and Tim talk about the goals and progress of the program, which are to revolutionize the farming industry in Nigeria by increasing commercial agriculture, increasing farm yields, and stimulating investment in sector to develop agriculture in the country for the next generation.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 15, 2012 Afribiz
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In today's show Lauri interviews Derek Kwesiga, founder and managing director of Derekorp Ltd., a Kampala, Uganda-based processor of local fruits and vegetables.  Lauri and Kwesiga discuss Uganda's vast resources and opportunities.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 5, 2012 Afribiz
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Patrick Devenish, Group Chief Executive of AICO Africa Limited, a Zimbabwe-based agro conglomerate talks with us about his company's expansion and farming efforts on the continent.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Feb 13, 2012 Afribiz
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As mobile phone penetration grows, so do the opportunities in mobile advertising. Isis Nyong'o of inMobi joins us to share insights about the mobile advertising market in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Feb 10, 2012 Afribiz
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Edward George of Ecobank Research joins us to share his thoughts about doing business in French-speaking West & Central Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Feb 9, 2012 Afribiz
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Today is the launch of the book, "Africa's Future: Darkness to Destiny."  Duncan Clark, the author, joins us to share about economic transformations discussed in the book.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Feb 7, 2012 Afribiz
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Every year the Unreasonable Institute holds a global competition for entrepreneurs who use their business for impact. Join us as Teju Ravilochan, a co-founder of the Unreasonable Institute, highlights the emerging entrepreneurs from Africa in this year's competition.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Feb 6, 2012 Afribiz
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Banking is a major sector driving growth of services in Africa. Join us to hear James Mwangi, CEO of Kenya Equity Bank, share about the opportunities and ways to navigate this sector in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jan 31, 2012 Afribiz
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Africa has some of the top 100 major global infrastructure projects, according to CG/LA. Norman Anderson from CG/LA joins us to share why these projects have significance.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jan 24, 2012 Afribiz
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  There are numerous cooperatives in Africa in sectors like agriculture and mining that help marry business and social issues because they help businesses tap producers and then large number of producers generate income which spurs local economies. Paul Guenette, Senior Vice President of ACDI VOCA, shares how business can leverage the power of cooperatives to do business in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jan 23, 2012 Afribiz
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  Most of the conversation about the changing dynamics of trade in Africa have focused on Brazil, India, and China over the last several years, but in this episode, Simon Freemantle, a senior analyst with Standard Bank Research, there are about ten emeriging trade partners we should keep our eye on.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jan 17, 2012 Afribiz
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Brian Herlihy, CEO of SEACOM, shares insights and tips about doing business successfully in the ICT sector in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jan 16, 2012 Afribiz
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  A lot happened in 2011 that supports the understanding that the global economy will continue through a period of readjustment and rebalancing through 2015, if not beyond. The U.S. slow recovery, Europe debt crisis, and China's slowing economy brings this issue to the forefront for Africa. If the major trade engines slow, how will that affect Africa? Nwakego Eyisi, a featured columnist for Afribiz and an economist, suggests that Africa is in an excellent position to thrive in a constrained...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jan 9, 2012 Afribiz
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  Professor Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and a VP at African Development Bank, shares with us policy strategies he believes African governments will focus on to keep economic growth going on the continent.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Dec 6, 2011 Afribiz
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The number of countries in which English is spoken is over 20, as is the case with French. Yet, Portuguese is dominant in two fast growing countries on the continent - Angola and Mozambique - and in three other countries. As far as business is concerned though no matter the language there are challenges and opportunities. This show introduces our English-speaking audience to Lusophone (Portugese-Speaking) Africa. Edward George, Lusophone Africa specialist at Ecobank, joins us to share his...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Nov 7, 2011 Afribiz
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This starts a quarterly outlook on Africa's economic performance in the global economy. Professor Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank joins us.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Nov 2, 2011 Afribiz
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While the United States is a huge consumer market, companies find the path to import into the U.S. quite challenging. This episode focuses on illuminating the path for those in Africa interested in importing into the U.S by offering insights to the structure of the sector. Selva Pillay, CEO of GLX Solutions, join us today to share his insights from his own experiences and those of his clients.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Nov 1, 2011 Afribiz
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Every African country has its unique business environment with challenges, as well as competitive and comparative advantages. Today, we will look at Zambia in Southern Africa and what it  has to offer. Joining us is Greg Marchand, Founder and Managing Director of Gizmo Zambia. He is an American entrepreneur who has found success in Zambia. He shares his insights about doing business in Zambia and why it is a good place for other entrepreneurs as well. 
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 21, 2011 Afribiz
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Paramount Group of South Africa has created a new market for themselves in airplane defense systems with the AHRLAC. Ivor Ichikowitz, CEO, says that they have developed a modularized airplane system for reconnaisance, and many other types of missions, that is faster to produce, lower cost to maintain than helicopters, and designed with developing nations in mind. Join our show today to hear how this innovation will help remap the future of defense aviation in Africa and around the world.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 20, 2011 Afribiz
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This episode is part of our "Lessons from CEOs" for 2011 highlighting the experiences and insights from CEOs of African multinationals. In this episode, we hear from two women leading African multinationals.First, we have Loide Monteiro, CEO of Loide Engineering. Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne (a company in the ICT secto, also join us. She was named one of the top ten women in ICT in Africa this year.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 14, 2011 Afribiz
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Nothing stays the same and so it is the case with travel in Africa. As the African region emerges, so will its travel industry. In fact, Africa's growth is amongst the best regions through 2020. This growth will not only affect air travel in Africa, but also other regions.  Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport in the UK, joins us today to explain the likely impact of Africa's future in air travel on Europe.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 13, 2011 Afribiz
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Africa, like other emerging regions, has its challenges, but with the right strategies businesses can be successful. Partnerships are one key strategy for any emerging market and this episode focuses on the experience of multinational firms in Africa. Jumaane Tafawa, Director of Frontier 100 of the Initiative for Global Development, joins us to share what their group of CEOs have done to be successful in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 12, 2011 Afribiz
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Did you know that you can make money from planting trees in Africa? As nations and companies struggle to find ways to cut back carbon emissions, the carbon market has emerged. Those who emit high levels of carbon pay those who offset their use. Africans have the opportunity to participate in this market in a big way. Denis Slieker of Face the Future joins us to share insights into the carbon markets work and how African communities can take advantage of the opportunities.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 7, 2011 Afribiz
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We, at Afribiz, have been sharing about the huge challenges and even bigger opportunities with the booming urban growth in Africa. In this episode, you will get a chance to hear about Tatu City, an innovative city model being implemented in Nairobi. Josphat Kinyua, Director of Tatu City, shares insights into their urban city model. You will even learn something about the Nairobi housing market.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 5, 2011 Afribiz
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The fair trade ecosystem has been around for awhile with roots in Africa. Today, it is a brand that stands for many things, but at the heart is a system that increases benefits to producers in Africa and other emerging regions while also increase value to the end consumer. Michael Nkonu, Managing Director of Fair Trade Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya joins us to share where the fair trade market is today and where it is going in the future.  Creative entrepreneurs will hear insights to give...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 4, 2011 Afribiz
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Beverages are one of the fastest growing consumer goods in Africa. This episode takes a look at the trends in the beer market specifically. Umulinga Karangwa, an analyst with Renaissance Capital, shares key insights.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Oct 2, 2011 Afribiz
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This episode focuses on working around the challenges in order to take advantage of opportunities in emerging regions like Africa. Shelvin Longmire, Head of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Management shares his insights with us in this episode. This show is perfect for North Americans looking at opportunities in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Sep 29, 2011 Afribiz
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This is the first episode of a two-part series of looking at trends impacting business and economic growth in Africa over the next decade.  Simon Freemantle, a senior analyst from Standard Bank Research, shares insights from his recent report series on the five major trends in economic growth in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Sep 22, 2011 Afribiz
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Mobile is a key market in Africa and presents key opportunity for African entrepreneurs to make their mark. This episode shares trends in the global mobile travel app which entrepreneurs may choose to leverage. Tim Daniels from InternationalSOS joins us to share is insights.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Sep 15, 2011 Afribiz
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Hotel development is good indication of growth in different markets around the world and Africa is no different. In this show, experts from the upcoming Hotel Investment Conference in Casablanca, Morocco share their insights into this sector on the move.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Sep 13, 2011 Afribiz
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There has been a lot political, economic, and business upheavals in the last decade. Nothing seems familiar anymore. While there are "above-ground" issues that are pushing us into new and strange territory, there is an undercurrent of a new economy. This is a global shift, impacting even local business opportunities. If businesses large or small miss the boat, it will be hard for them to catch up. Dr. Shoshana Zuboff, a Harvard professor and co-author of The Support Economy joins us...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Sep 9, 2011 Afribiz
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This outlook focuses on the economic landscape of the West, Southern, East, and Central Africa. Nwakego Eyisi, an Afribiz columnist joins the show to share some insights.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Sep 7, 2011 Afribiz
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Global road warriors are very aware of the ups and downs of travel these days. But for most people who travel occasionally for business, we thought it might be useful to get some tips for making the business trek to Africa, or other global destinations, easier. Doug Reitz, a partner in A Travel Crew, joins us to share some insights into making global travel work.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Sep 6, 2011 Afribiz
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The environmental factors in Africa makes the continent a shoe in for development of renewable energy technologies.  However, it is only been in the last several years that the market has begun to really open up. In this episode, Kyle Denning with Viability Africa will share insights about the opportunities in renewable energy in Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jul 19, 2011 Afribiz
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This episode forms an update and more comprehensive look at how Africa is engaging the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) countries, excluding South Africa, and what it means for entrepreneurs and businesses. Nwakego Eyisi of Afribiz joins Lauri Elliott for the discussion.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 24, 2011 Afribiz
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Halving poverty in Africa is one of the key millenium goals, but few African countries will meet their goals by 2015.  World Hope International, a non-profit Christian development organization, decided to take an innovative and strategic approach by establishing an exporting zone in Sierra Leone. Richard Schroeder, CEO of First Step which is a for-profit subsidiary of World Hope, joins us to share how the venture benefits the country, development efforts, private sector, and even the...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 22, 2011 Afribiz
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2010 was overall an excellent year for African stock markets.  However, global stock markets have hit many bumps in the road in 2011. This is also being felt in Africa although not necessarily tightly tied to the global stock markets. Eric Musau, a research analyst with African Alliance Kenya Investment Bank in Nairobi, joins us to share some insights on what is happening in these markets.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 21, 2011 Afribiz
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Cameroon is country with a budding ICT sector in Central Africa. Joel Nlepe of 24Labs in Cameroon shares some insights into this sector.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 20, 2011 Afribiz
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Social and impact investing has come main stream with growth exceedign 5% in the U.S. alone.  However, it is still not the most effecient space for social ventures and investors trying to participate. Nexii has launched an investment exchange, IX, for social ventures. Its essentially a stock exchange for social ventures. Tamzin Ractliffe, CEO of Nexii, joins us to share about some of the current dynamics in social investing and talk about how investors and social ventures can get involved with...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 17, 2011 Afribiz
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There has been alot of controversy of land acquisition by foreigners, in particular, in Africa in the last few years. The Oakland Institute recently published a scathing report of U.S. interests involved. In this episode, we suggest the real issue is not land acquisition in Africa, but how it should be done. Nissi Ekpott, Hartmut Sieper, and Lauri Elliott, authors of "Redefining Business in the New Africa," address this issue based on the foundation laid in the book. We focus on the...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 16, 2011 Afribiz
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DRC is known for its rich mineral deposits, in both a good and bad way.  However, the country is teaming with a variety of opportunities and stories of successful businesses. Mr. James Siggs, CEO of Feronia, which has a subsidiary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will join us for this episode. He will share what they have learned about doing business successfully in the DRC after more than 100 years of continuous operation in the country.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 15, 2011 Afribiz
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We hear so much about the conflict in Eastern DRC which reflects a small part of the entire country and overlook the business opportunities in the vibrant Congolese country. One such spot is Kinshasa, the capital, which has over 10 million people according to recent calculations. That means it has more people than New York. It also means its a megacity. With a large population like this, there are obviously many business opportunities. Claude Ibalanky, Chief Executive Officer of Bantu...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 14, 2011 Afribiz
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People interested in exporting often feel that it takes alot of money to start.  However, according to Dennis Hessler of Spyglass Point, you can start often with existing infrastructure and on a part-time basis. Join us to learn the practical side of starting an export company. While the primary audience are American entrepreneurs, most of the principles can be used by entrepreneurs in any country.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 13, 2011 Afribiz
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Africa is a significant example of how different types of networks impact governance globally and in countries. There are official networks like government in Africa, but also diaspora, development, business, NGO networks. The mix of these networks impact economic and business opportunities as they impact the environment in which business is done. When we think of government, we think of formal institutions.  However, as Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of A New World Order explains,...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jun 2, 2011 Afribiz
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Indian and Africa have a long joint history, particularly in East and Southern Africa. However, China has burst on the scene in the last five years, particularly in trade. At the recent India-Africa Summit, Indian and African leaders spoke about how to increase their cooperation based on an agreement a few years back. Within this agreement, there is alot of positive impact on business, trade, and investment. Learn what you as an African business, or a foreign business partnering with an African...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
May 25, 2011 Afribiz
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South Africa is the leading online sales market in Africa, but still in its infancy.  Arthur Goldstuck, CEO of World Wide Worx, shares recent insights into this small but growing market.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
May 23, 2011 Afribiz
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While reasons for starting a social enterprise will vary, there is a lot that social entrepreneurs can learn from each other. Manny Ohonme, founder of Samaritans Feet (a Jesus Christ-centered non-profit that provides new shoes to children around the world without them), joins us to share the practical side of building a sustainable, social enterprise that moves beyond traditional models of donations and grants. His experience provides insights that apply to most social enterprises.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
May 11, 2011 Afribiz
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Recently, we spoke with Federic Woringer of the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce in France about what they learned about challenges entrepreneurs perceived in doing business in Africa and insights the chamber would share with entrepreneurs to overcome challenges at the France-Africa Business summit this month. The challenges they address also are not foreign to English-speaking businesspeople, so you will find the discussion informative. Why might Francophone Africa be of interest? Francophone...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
May 9, 2011 Afribiz
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Africa is a huge treasure trove of innovative social ventures. But all organizations face the same dilemma. How do you sustain the organization whether for-profit or non-profit? Today, we begin to take a look at social enterprises that build economic sustainability into their business models.  Kounkuey Design Initiative is an archictectural design social enterprise, specializing in re-inventing public spaces in underprivileged areas. Chelina Ogbert, one of the founders, shares how they look to...
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
May 5, 2011 Afribiz
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The performance of emerging Sub-Sahara African multinational corporations has outshined their counterparts in North America and Europe, yet we know so little about them and how they do it. Mr. Andrew Alli, CEO of Africa Finance Corporation, and Mr. Jumaane Tafawa, Director of Frontier 100 of the Initiativae for Global Development, share how these MNCs are finding great success in Africa and beyond. You can learn from the experience of these MNCs.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
May 4, 2011 Afribiz
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Mobile messaging, including SMS, is a significant sub-sector in the mobile market. John White from Portio Research in London shares some insights into this global market and Africa.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
May 2, 2011 Afribiz
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Listen to some tips on managing your intellectual property globally. Bill Northcote, an attorney with Shibley Righton in Canada joins us.
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Each geographic location has specific competitive advantages for establishing businesses. As a part of our ongoing series, we take a look at the Western Cape province in South Africa, which is home to Cape Town. Nils Flaatten, Managing Director of Wesgro, shares why the Western Cape is a key launchpad into the African markets.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Apr 4, 2011 Afribiz
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Nigeria heads for parliamentary, presidential, and governor elections, which have been delayed a few days, this month. Many see the outcomes of the elections as crucial to sustain the economic growth path for Nigeria, which has largely been strong. Nwakegi Eyisi, an Afribiz economist, shares why the Nigerian market has remained a favorite for investment and business even with hiccups at times.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 28, 2011 Afribiz
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Resource-rich Africa is in the spotlight as the world demand continues to grow as markets like China increase consumption. Walter de Wet, Head of Commodities Research at Standard Bank, joins us to give insights on the direction of the commodities market.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 22, 2011 Afribiz
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ICT is one of the few infrastructure areas in which Africa has made tremendous progress in the last several years. As infrastructure continues to roll out and technology options enter the continent, as well as those developed on the continent increase, the landscape for opportunities and trends change. To keep up us up-to-date, Spiwe Chireka, a Senior Industry Analyst at Frost and Sullivan in South Africa shares her perspective.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 21, 2011 Afribiz
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This is a re-broadcast of the show run on 2/8/2011. Randolph Oosthuizen, Senior Researcher at African Alliance Securities, provides a review of stock market performance on African exchanges in 2010.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 16, 2011 Afribiz
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As a part of our annual economic and business review of each African country and region, Nwakego Eyisi shares insights into South Africa's economic and business landscape in 2011.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Mar 9, 2011 Afribiz
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As a part of our annual economic and business review of each African country and region, Nwakego Eyisi shares insights into Kenya's economic and business landscape in 2011.
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Africa has experienced a boom in international broadband with an expected 20 terabits/second capacity in 2012. But, this is not the only important infrastructure pillar. There is terrestial backhaul. Join us as we explore the progress of fiber networks on the continent. Kerem Arsal, a senior analyst at Pyramid Research, joins us.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Feb 4, 2011 Afribiz
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Join Lauri Elliott for an outlook on Zambia's economy and business environment for 2011.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jan 21, 2011 Afribiz
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As a part of our annual economic and business review of each African country and region, Nwakego Eyisi shares insights into Ghana's economic and business landscape in 2011.
Afribiz: Business & Investment in Africa
Jan 13, 2011 Afribiz
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This begins our annual series on the business and economic landscape in Africa. This episode focuses on the Africa region, which will follow with country-specific episodes.
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Jan 10, 2011 Afribiz
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There has been alot of change in the last decade as global population shifts occur. These shifts permeate every aspects of society - governance, security, economics, business and culture. From a business perspective, we would like to know what trends will impact the way we do business and this episode takes a look at forecasts for Africa in 2050 the context of business. Dr. Barry Hughes at the Pardee Center for Future Studies at the University of Denver join us.