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Opinion & Analysis

Jan 19, 2016
Given that South Africa operates within a flexible exchange rate regime, the value of the rand, like any commodity, is determined by the market forces of supply and demand. The…
Jan 18, 2016
There are three main reasons why an individual might wish to invest. The first reason is to protect their hard-earned money and ensure its safety; the second is to generate…
Jan 16, 2016
This week we look more closely at the outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in 2016. SSA (excluding Zimbabwe) has experienced uninterrupted growth over the last 15 years with an average…
Jan 11, 2016
The Financial sector all over the world faces certain common risks which impact adversely on the return of their business. This is not surprising because there is risk associated with…
Jan 08, 2016
Reports on Eritrea tend to ask why so many are fleeing the country. The more relevant question is: Why are so many fleeing the country now? Overlooking Asmara, capital of…
Jan 07, 2016
Can Africa claim the 21st century? That was the screaming headline of a key World Bank publication in 2000. The report concluded that Africa’s ability to claim the new century…
Jan 04, 2016
For impoverished local herders who see only costs and corruption from conservation, breaking the law can seem necessary for survival. A young Maasai herder tending to his cattle. Credit: Andreas…
Dec 30, 2015
In one of Africa's most celebrated surprises this year, Nigerian voters unseated President Goodluck Jonathan. The election of Muhammadu Buhari defied expectations of electoral fraud and violence, and his anticorruption…
Dec 29, 2015
In recent times many people both individuals and corporate bodies hesitate in starting investments because of the fear of various risks that may be associated with investments. They are mostly…
Dec 24, 2015
Less than five years after the surge of optimism that accompanied first oil, Ghana’s economic situation has rapidly worsened. Ghana is now often cited as a cautionary tale of how…
Dec 21, 2015
Reckitt Benckiser has a legal headache. The British manufacturer of Nurofen was found guilty last week by an Australian court of misleading customers by selling the same painkillers at different…
Dec 16, 2015
United States President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Africa sparked renewed interest for U.S. companies looking to do business on the continent, which is home to six of ten of…
Dec 16, 2015
Ghana implemented a new VAT law last year. This law introduced various changes to the VAT landscape of Ghana including revising the effective standard VAT rate from 15% to 17.5%…
Dec 16, 2015
Africa’s pre-colonial economy was agrarian, as history tells us, with an abundance of land. Even if there was negligible irrigation of purely rain-fed agriculture, there was an abundance of land.…

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