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Singapore has long noticed the potential the EAC holds as an unexplored emerging market.
"Singapore has its eyes on the East Africa Community (EAC). The economic bloc is formed by Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and is home to more than 157 million citizens. The EAC had a combined GDP of US$147bn in 2014 and an average annual GDP growth of over 6% projected for the coming two years. Huge investment opportunities arise there at an increasingly fast rate and Singapore is taking steps to grow in this market"
The struggle over East Africa’s oil and gas exports is heating up. At stake are potentially billions of dollars in revenue and control of strategic pipelines.
"The struggle over East Africa’s oil and gas exports is heating up. At stake are potentially billions of dollars in revenue and control of strategic pipelines. Oil was discovered in commercial quantities in Uganda and Kenya fairly recently and both countries wish to become oil exporters. Tanzania, which has significant oil and gas reserves, also wants pipelines to connect its oil with ports on the Indian Ocean"
The report makes a specific point regarding the need for an industry standard to interoperate parts of the existing structure with distributed ledger tech.
"In the latest report from the Federal Reserve Board on “distributed ledger technology in payments, clearing, and settlement,” the future use of distributed financial technology looks more certain than ever"
Since then, the economy has absorbed new black entrants who have joined the insider group. But there are still strong barriers to entry into the formal economy – a point made by, among others, International Monetary Fund deputy managing director David Lipton. And so, despite the emergence of black professionals and managers, many black South Africans remain economic outsiders.
"The politics of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) may be hogging today’s headlines, but they are a symptom of the economy’s development over the past two decades. They are unlikely to offer a cure. But they could help decide whether a remedy will be possible"
"Faced with the challenges of providing food and electricity, the Malawian government is searching for ways to bring both to villages like Chikhawo, just outside the capital city"
Malawi's dilemma of how to find the balance between using Lake Malawi’s water to drive turbines and to irrigate the land for food production in the midst of the drought facing the country
Nestled around an inlet with pretty beaches and sailing boats, Club Med's new flagship resort in Mauritius is the stuff dreams are made of.
"Club Med's new flagship resort in Mauritius has opened, offering a whole new world of accommodation and amenities in a beautifully secluded location on the western side of the island"
Companies in the region are transforming their digital operations to great effect and building some of the world’s most successful tech giants.
"In Asia, a few factors make the impact of digital more pronounced than in other markets, including social penetration, consumers’ openness to new technologies and the mobile Internet, and willingness by companies to innovate"
The use of high quality marijuana for prescribed medication will be legalized by February 2017, following efforts by the MCC to amend the Medicines and Related Substances Act, four years since Mario Ambrosini, a late member of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) tabled the proposed the Medical Innovation Bill before parliament
"South Africa is set to legalize the cultivation and use of marijuana, locally called dagga, becoming the first nation in Africa to permit its medical use by April next year after the Parliamentary health committee pedaled implementation of a proposed bill"
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According to Sovereign Man, the scariest phrase on Earth now is “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Don’t you love when the government makes a decision for you, because you might be too dumb to consider the costs and benefits yourself? You might think consumers should decide if they want to do business with a company that stores their data outside of their homeland. But Mother Russia knows better, and all comrade’s access to LinkedIn has been blocked, for the good of the citizens!
the continent is likely to slide down the President-elect's list of priorities..
Africa is likely to slide down the list of foreign policy priorities of a Donald Trump administration. This is because America's foreign policy is determined by both domestic and foreign issues which Trump appears to have no clue about
South Africa looks to Norway to help expand Antarctic tourism opportunities. They share Antarctic history and Norway has experience in oceans economy.
"Norway has a wealth of experience in the oceans economy and has partnered with South Africa on a variety of research programs in Antarctica since 1959. That’s the year South Africa established its first Antarctic base at an abandoned Norwegian base on the edge of an ice shelf in Dronning Maudland"
"Though African economic performance remains underwhelming, there is much hope for the future. Mauritius is the 2016-2017 most competitive economy in Sub-Saharan Africa according to the World Economic Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Index”"
China and Pakistan are longtime allies. India and Pakistan are longtime adversaries. Africa is targeted in China-Pakistan jet sales. Could this hurt BRICS?
"Longtime allies China and Pakistan have close diplomatic, economic and security ties, and they’re courting African countries in the market for what they’re jointly marketing as cheap, modern fighter jets"
STATE minister for Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green has hailed the efforts of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) to promote financial literacy among high school students and teachers through its Stock Market Game.
“They (JSE) are
The Jamaica Stock Exchange launched the Stock Market Game in 2008 as a fun way to introduce students to elements of stock market trading. Students from fourth to sixth form learn about different companies, watch for trends, and make speculations
On Friday, stock markets rallied again, sending the S&P 500 (^GSPC) up 17 points to close the third quarter at 2,168. The S&P continues to be within striking distance of its Aug. 23 all-time high of 2,193. Surprisingly, this market strength comes as expectations for earnings growth have persistently
No amount of uncertainty and bad news seems to be able to keep the financial markets down for long
African donkeys have something China wants and it's upsetting the balance of trade: Why some African countries are banning donkey exports to China.
"African Donkeys have something Chinese consumers want — so much so that the balance of trade in this new industry is getting out of sync. Africa is kicking back"
U.S.-Based Flower Firm Leaves Ethiopia After Protestrrs Attack Farm. Esmeralda Farms Nederland has ceased its operations in Ethiopia
"Esmeralda Farms Nederland, a US-based flower farm in Bahir Dar, has ceased its operations in Ethiopia after an attack on its premises by alleged anti-government protestors that led to damages worth millions of dollars"
"The stance of the Black Business Council (BBC) that President Jacob Zuma should finish his term in office has divided the organisation, with two of its key affiliates accusing its office bearers of having taken a unilateral decision on the matter"
Gordhan approves R5-billion guarantee for SAA after meeting with airline's new board
"Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan approved the application from South African Airways (SAA) for a going concern guarantee with conditions after meeting with the new board on Friday. This will now allow the embattled airline to file its much-delayed annual financial results for 2014/15 as well as the 2015/16 results"
JSE-listed directors still mainly pale males — majorities grossly under-represented
"Analysis of data by the independent research organisation Who Owns Whom reveals that active JSE-listed companies’ boards have directors who, on average, are relatively younger and who are serving in their current positions for a shorter time than their overseas counterparts. These directorships remain dominated by white men"
Africa may need as much as $400bn of investment in food production over the next decade to meet the continent’s needs.
"Africa may need as much as $400 billion of investment in food production over the next decade to meet the continent’s needs, a report showed. It could require $315 billion to $400 billion over the next 10 years in public and private sector investments in all aspects of food production, processing, marketing and transport"
South Sudanese community appeals to United Nations: 'We need this help'
"Displaced civilians and religious leaders in war-torn South Sudan have appealed to the UN Security Council to urgently deploy extra foreign troops as government ministers questioned whether more peacekeepers were needed in the capital, Juba"
Clients do need help, but they should choose their financial adviser carefully.
"Investors need to be saved from themselves. That’s the conventional wisdom, and there’s some truth to it. Individual investors can have comically bad timing. They buy when stock prices are high. They panic and sell when markets plunge. They invest with the hot mutual fund managers just as the managers' luck runs out"
"The Angolan currency, kwanza, has been on a downswing, especially after the global oil prices came down as the southern African country is heavily dependent on its oil. The kwanza crisis, plus political grievances that have been building seem to threaten the country's economic growth. But even then, the country's top dogs still seem to focus on one issue: political succession or self sustenance"