Shortage of quality warehouses in Nairobi presents opportunities for investors and developers. US, UK finance groups invest in Kenyan warehouse development.
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Shortage of quality warehouses in Nairobi presents opportunities for investors and developers. US, UK finance groups invest in Kenyan warehouse development.
“Kenya’s real estate industry has boomed in recent years, yet stakeholders argue that industrial property has often been overlooked as an investment opportunity. But this is gradually changing. New industrial developments are emerging just outside Nairobi’s city center, targeting manufacturers and logistics operators”
Restaurant chain will make pizzas in Africa with water from NYC. "I’m a purist — I wouldn’t want to do anything less than the original,” the owner said.
“A New York pizza chain wouldn’t dare make pies at its new location in Africa without its secret ingredient — New York City tap water. It exports New York water to other overseas shops, such as those in Mexico, Canada, China and Ecuador"
Barbados’ offshore financial services jurisdiction is suffering from the impact of a triple whammy of body blows, with more pain to be felt soon. The cumulative damage was summed up in the recent Central Bank economic report for 2016, which showed a nine per cent decline in assets of offshore banks. How come? First, there was the major arrow aimed not simply at Barbados but at several countries around the world, and it came from the new Justin Trudeau administration.
"Barbados’ offshore financial services jurisdiction is suffering from the impact of a triple whammy of body blows, with more pain to be felt soon"
The Economist says it sees reason to hope that 2017 will be better, thanks, at least in part, to the continent’s smaller stars.
"Noting that sub-Saharan Africa's GDP growth rate for 2016 would be even lower than that of the beleaguered Eurozone, the Economist says it sees reason to hope that 2017 will be better, thanks, at least in part, to the continent’s smaller stars"
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wednesday morning as traders awaited an announcement from the Federal Reserve meeting.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.20% registered back-to-back-to-back record closes Friday — it has scored 14 record finishes since Donald Trump’s election. The blue-chip gauge, as of Friday, was less than 250 points away from hitting the psychologically significant level of 20,000.
"Do I hear 20,000? 21,000? That’st the subject Wall Street investors are starting to consider after postelection ebullience has stretched equity markets deeper into the record books since Nov. 8"
South African millionaire Mathews Phosa promotes good governance, wants Zuma out. Phosa got rich in post-apartheid South Africa.
“We need leaders with character, with integrity, with a sense of shame… We must still insist that he [Zuma] must step down because he is the elephant in the South African room"
The United States -Africa Chamber of Commerce (US-ACC) has launched its first office on African soil in Accra, to propagate the use of the Golden Rule of Business in the…
"The United States -Africa Chamber of Commerce (US-ACC) has launched its first office on African soil in Accra, to propagate the use of the Golden Rule of Business in the Ghanaian business community to promote peace and stability"
"The $500m cement factory in the southeastern Tanzanian town of Mtwara, set up last year with an annual capacity of 3 million tonnes, runs on expensive diesel generators and has sought government support to reduce costs"
"Tanzania is in talks with Nigeria's Dangote Cement on the supply of natural gas to a manufacturing plant for the building material, but negotiations are currently held up over prices, said a government body in the East African country"
How will the world satisfy its need for energy? McKinsey research offers a perspective.
"When it comes to energy, there is one matter everyone agrees on. For the near future, at least, the world will need more of it—and how it is produced and used will be a critical factor in the future of the global economy, geopolitics, and the environment"
“Nigeria has a few fans out there that are seeing the end to this foreign currency regime, but it’s definitely a minority interest right now. But that is the country to watch, based on those top-performing investors and the countries that they’re looking at. In terms of valuation, in terms of pushing into the market, Nigeria is perhaps the least-loved, but has the biggest hopes attracted to it. Though timing is everything. You’ve got to pick the right moment to get into a country like this. But that’s the one to watch.”
According to major fund investors, Nigeria is the country to watch.
The Nigerian deals website learned this lesson the hard way.
“It is not about doing everything yourself. You cannot do everything yourself. You should not do everything yourself.”
One of the most notable trends in the Japanese job market is the increase in women in the health and welfare sector.
"As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic revitalisation project nears the four-year mark, one of the most notable trends in the Japanese job market is the increase in women in the health and welfare sector"
Foodies sells the non-perishable food products that traditional grocers deem unsuitable for their shelves.
"Would you pay 50% less for a can of beans that had past its ‘best-before date’? About 25% of South Africans would, according to entrepreneur Dave Bester"
The country’s development is remarkable, but at what cost?
"Rwanda is hailed globally as a success story and its president, Paul Kagame, is praised for his role in developing the economy. The government has invested heavily in infrastructure, and the country has done wonders in terms of improving its business environment and attracting foreign investment. Rwanda has leaped up the World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings to second place in sub-Saharan Africa, after Mauritius, and Transparency International ranks it one of the continent’s least corrupt countries"
Given the bias in polling data towards a Clinton victory, the results of the November 8 presidential election came as a surprise to many voters and many political experts believed that the race was “Clinton’s to lose”.
"Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump emerged victorious in the United States presidential election, the result was always going to be a second-best outcome for global economies and markets — both candidates were widely regarded as weak"
Centum Investments Group is banking on the experience of former African Development Bank president Donald Kaberuka to drive the company’s investment strategy in big-ticket infrastructure projects.
"Centum Investments Group is banking on the experience of former African Development Bank president Donald Kaberuka to drive the company’s investment strategy in big-ticket infrastructure projects. The Nairobi Securities Exchange listed firm, the country’s largest, yesterday appointed Kaberuka its chairman, barely a month since he joined the board on October 11"
Can South Africa avoid junk rating by Wall Street credit ratings services? Fitch's lowered outlook, and why South Africa can't ignore credit ratings.
"Credit ratings agency Fitch revised its outlook for South Africa from stable to negative, citing political risks, standards of governance and policy-making, but kept its BBB rating intact"
The headlines are not the whole story, and undershoots in prices are arguably taking place, writes Thomas H. Kee Jr.
"We’ve been trying to leverage what we’re convinced will be a substantial OPEC accord on Wednesday, November 30th, and spent the last several columns outlining why we’ll see at least a six-month agreement to knock more than a million barrels a day of OPEC production off the market"
In late January of the year 98 AD, after decades of turmoil, instability, inflation, and war, Romans welcomed a prominent solider named Trajan as their new Emperor.
Prior to Trajan, Romans had suffered immeasurably, from the madness of Nero to the ruthless autocracy of Domitian, to the chaos of 68-69 AD when, in the span of twelve months, Rome saw four separate emperors.
Trajan was welcome relief and was generally considered by his contemporaries to be among the finest emperors in Roman history.
Trajan’s successors included Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius, both of whom were also were also reputed as highly effective rulers.
But that was pretty much the end of Rome’s good luck.
The Roman Empire’s enlightened rulers may have been able to make some positive changes and delay the inevitable, but they could not prevent it.
Rome still had far too many systemic problems.
The cost of administering such a vast empire was simply too great. There were so many different layers of governments—imperial, provincial, local—and the upkeep was debilitating.
Rome had also installed costly infrastructure and created expensive social welfare programs like the alimenta, which provided free grain to the poor.
Not to mention, endless wars had taken their toll on public finances.
Romans were no longer fighting conventional enemies like Carthage, and its famed General Hannibal bringing elephants across the Alps.
Instead, Rome’s greatest threat had become the Germanic barbarian tribes, peoples viewed as violent and uncivilized who would stop at nothing to destroy Roman way of life.
Corruption and destructive bureaucracy were increasingly rampant.
And the worse imperial finances became, the more the government tried to “fix” everything by passing debilitating regulation and debasing the currency.
In his seminal work The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon wrote:
“The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and instead of inquiring why the Roman empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long.”
Gibbon was right. These trends are incredibly powerful. And once they reach a tipping point, they’re almost impossible to stop.
Similarly, though, no one has the ability to look into a crystal ball and predict with any certainty when it will all finally break down.
In today’s version of the Roman Empire, the United States, we can see similar circumstances.
The debt level is now rapidly closing in on $20 trillion, well in excess of 100% of GDP.
And even under the government’s most optimistic estimates, this debt is growing at a far more rapid rate than the economy could ever hope to expand.
We can see a central bank that is nearly insolvent.
We can see a commercial banking system that, even in the opinion of its own regulators (most recently the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis), is still at significant risk to succumb to a major crisis.
We can see Civil Asset Forfeiture levels that have increased to astonishing rates.
These trends are pretty obvious, and they have been building for years.
And history shows that, whenever governments reach these tipping points, they tend to rely on a very limited playbook.
In ancient times, the Romans imposed wage and price controls under penalty of death.
In our modern era, governments default on the obligations they’ve made to taxpayers (for example, social security and pension payments).
They impose capital controls, preventing you from engaging in even the most basic financial transactions like withdrawing money from your own bank account.
They grab assets and retirement savings. They freeze accounts.
This isn’t theory or conjecture– it’s reality. Each one of these examples has actually taken place in the developed world in the past few years.
It’s not crazy or radical to acknowledge these simple facts.
Actually, denying them and pretending like these problems don’t exist seems pretty crazy.
And understanding the truth doesn’t mean that the world is coming to and end. Far from it.
But it does make sense for rational, thinking people to take some simple steps to distance themselves from the consequences of such obvious trends.
For example, if your banking system is deeply flawed, don’t keep all of your money there. Easy. Why take the chance?
Instead, consider holding a bit of cash, or perhaps move some funds to a more conservative, well-capitalized bank that’s backed by a government with zero debt.
If the fundamentals of your currency are pitiful and your central bank is nearly insolvent, don’t keep 100% of your assets denominated in it.
Consider diversifying into other currencies or owning some real assets, like productive land, profitable businesses, precious metals, cash-producing real estate.
If your government is flat broke and losing money every year, don’t keep all of your assets there, especially your retirement savings.
Consider structuring a better retirement plan where you have the latitude to move funds outside the conventional financial system and away from their easy reach.
These concepts ensure that, no matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) next, you’ll always be in a position of strength.
There may be good emperors and bad emperors, devils and saints.
And the consequences of the trends they’ve created may come to pass tomorrow, next month, next year, or perhaps (by some miracle), never at all.
But it’s hard to imagine you’ll be worse off for having a portion of your savings in a safe, well-capitalized bank as opposed to an illiquid one.
It’s hard to imagine you’re worse off because it’s more difficult for frivolous plaintiffs to sue you.
Or that the completely legal steps you’ve taken have reduced your tax bill.
Or that your new retirement plan is safer and exposed to more lucrative investment options than ever before.
Rational, thinking people don’t ignore such obvious risks. They understand that the biggest risk of all is doing nothing.
The solutions are simple, effective, and absolute no-brainers. All it takes to implement are the proper tools, the right education, and the basic will to take action.
"If your government is flat broke and losing money every year, don’t keep all of your assets there, especially your retirement savings. Consider structuring a better retirement plan where you have the latitude to move funds outside the conventional financial system and away from their easy reach. These concepts ensure that, no matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) next, you’ll always be in a position of strength" Sovereign Man
South African unemployment above 27 percent, hits 13-year high. The economy has grown slowly, but not enough to recoup jobs lost in the 2008-2009 recession.
"South Africa this week put on hold proposals to stabilize the labor market by introducing a national minimum wage.
Labor upheaval is a potential risk factor to the country’s credit rating, which faces a possible downgrade to junk status in the next two weeks by ratings agencies"
Stéphane Dion, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs has stated that Africa must develop solutions to its own problems especially in the areas of ‘‘security, governance and the rule of…
“Canada is exploring concrete opportunities to strengthen its engagement with the African Union to help prevent conflict, promote the rule of law and foster inclusive and accountable governance. We strongly support the African Union and its vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa"
What just happened? Opinions are divided on the Trump election and what it means for African trade following a political victory that divided and conquered.
"When it comes to predicting how President Donald Trump will affect U.S-Africa trade relations, opinions are divided — no surprise in a political victory that relied on a strategy of divide and conquer"
China pays Africans to learn Mandarin. It's all about business. Proponents say Chinese language skills will help create jobs for Africans.
"The push is on for South Africans to learn Mandarin and Russian, and it’s proving controversial as trade and economic links grow with China, the country’s partner in the BRICS group of emerging economies"
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