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Afrikrea launches SaaS platform to simplify global selling for African merchants
Afrikrea launches SaaS platform to simplify global selling for African merchantsArticle

Afrikrea has partnered with DHL and Visa to launch Anka, a platform that provides African micro retailers and small businesses with e-commerce, payments and global shipping services...

30 Apr 2021

AECOM's 2020/21 Africa Property & Construction Cost Guide now out
AECOM's 2020/21 Africa Property & Construction Cost Guide now outArticle

AECOM has released the 31st edition of its Africa Property & Construction Cost Guide, published in conjunction with the Bureau of Economic Research...

17 Feb 2021

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Tridge report looks at an eventful year for agri industryArticle

The report includes information on the impact of Covid-19 on various agri markets...

Ursula Human 12 Jan 2021

Tap, tap, tap and grow
Tap, tap, tap and growArticle

It has been a year of reckoning: a year that lit a fire beneath online payments in South Africa, transforming e-commerce while creating immense economic pressure...

Karen Nadasen 22 Dec 2020

Above-normal summer rainfall anticipated for 2020/21
Above-normal summer rainfall anticipated for 2020/21Article

According to the Seasonal Climate Watch issued by the South African Weather Service on 6 November 2020, above-normal rainfall is anticipated in summer rainfall areas. However, parts of KwaZulu-Natal may experience drier conditions during mid-to-late summer...

18 Nov 2020

Localisation: Supporting a strong recovery in SA manufacturing
Localisation: Supporting a strong recovery in SA manufacturingArticle

Many people re-discovered their enthusiasm for local production during the disruptive, bewildering early days of the pandemic. The result is 'localisation', an emerging trend that could revitalise local factories...

1 Sep 2020

Unpacking SA's new Border Management Authority Act
Unpacking SA's new Border Management Authority ActArticle

Up until now, South Africa's border management, which includes the tasks of securing the country's borders and protecting its national interests, has been managed by multiple organs of state. This changed on 21 July 2020, however, as the Border Management Authority Act came into force...

Virusha Subban and Prenisha Govender 4 Aug 2020

Global disruption can have local implications
Global disruption can have local implicationsArticle

The global impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had not only on public health, but on business, cannot be underestimated...

Soromfe Uzomah 27 Jul 2020

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How a global pandemic could strengthen agribusiness in AfricaArticle

As supply chains around the world are disrupted and the demand for certain types of food drops in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, questions have begun to emerge about Africa and its ability to ensure food security for its citizens...

Louis van Ravesteyn 8 Jul 2020

#BlockchainAfrica: Cryptocurrency adoption and developments in Africa
#BlockchainAfrica: Cryptocurrency adoption and developments in AfricaArticle

Gareth Grobler is a digital currency entrepreneur and founded the cryptocurrency exchange iCE3X in 2013. He is a founding member of the UK Digital Currency Association...

26 Mar 2020

What amendments to Kenya's digital tax law mean for SMEs
What amendments to Kenya's digital tax law mean for SMEsArticle

Digital traders would likely have heard of the recent changes to the Income Tax and VAT Acts introduced by the Finance Act, 2019 (the Act)...

John Syekei, Nikhil Hira, Denis Magonga and Angela Mukora 26 Feb 2020

Air cargo stakeholders to fast-track AfCFTA operational progress
Air cargo stakeholders to fast-track AfCFTA operational progressArticle

As air cargo and logistics industry stakeholders prepare to seize new opportunities presented by the new Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement...

18 Feb 2020

Anita de Werd.
Teaching trade: the importance of empowering the female entrepreneurArticle

Maersk has developed a partnership with She-Trade, an initiative from the International Trade Centre, which aims to connect three million women entrepreneurs to the global markets by 2021...

Louise Burgers 17 Dec 2019

These five trends will change business in Africa in 2020
These five trends will change business in Africa in 2020Article

With the World Bank forecasting economic growth in sub Saharan Africa at 3.6% for 2019-20, some of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa...

Pieter Bensch 12 Dec 2019

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Africa should focus on industrialisation. Free trade will followArticle

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development argues that the phase of transition to the free trade area alone could boost intra-African trade by 33% and increase manufacturing in Africa...

Michael E Odijie 27 Nov 2019

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Peace in the Horn of Africa leads to economic recoveryArticle

Horn of Africa countries launch regional initiative as peace dividend beckons, $15 billion investment on the cards...

14 Nov 2019

United Nations SDG publication released this week.
United Nations sounds warning on achieving SDGsArticle

Young Africans will "produce the magic" says AU chief, as the UN sounds warning on Sustainable Development Goals...

27 Sep 2019

A health worker checks people’s temperatures in Goma, DRC. Patricia Martinez/EPA-EFE
How outbreaks like Ebola extract huge social and economic costsArticle

Epidemics, or infectious disease outbreaks, are invariably disruptive and tend to have far-reaching effects on individuals and communities...

Abdhalah Ziraba 22 Aug 2019

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How businesses can position Africa as a frontrunner in the globalisation raceArticle

The possibilities that this continent offers are endless and the time is right for businesses in Africa to showcase their capabilities...

Mike Higley 7 Aug 2019

Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah, AU Trade Commissioner Amb. Albert Muchanga, and Rwanda Trade Minister Soraya Hakuziyaremye addressing guests at the launch of IATF2020 in Niamey.
Africa trade fair expected to generate record investmentArticle

Over $40 billion in trade deals, participants from 55 countries expected at IATF2020...

16 Jul 2019

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What the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement means for the continentArticle

The operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) was officially launched at the African Union (AU) summit in Niger in early July...

Virusha Subban & Itumeleng Mukhovha 10 Jul 2019

Pan-African free trade, investment agreement enters into force
Pan-African free trade, investment agreement enters into forceArticle

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, entered into force yesterday, brings with it the possibility of boosting intra-Africa trade and investment. The agreement, provides a framework to ease the doing of business in Africa...

31 May 2019

The power of tech for cross-border trade
The power of tech for cross-border tradeArticle

Marshall McLuhan is better known for creating the term 'global village', a description that describes how borders have effectively disappeared...

Mike Higley 9 May 2019

New Economy workshop participants from Rwanda.
Digital transformation support for Rwanda from AlibabaArticle

Alibaba is assisting the Rwandan government with enabling a digital economy...

17 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Africa opens up for SA's stainless steel sector
#BizTrends2019: Africa opens up for SA's stainless steel sectorArticle

2019 seems to be the year of an 'opening up' of Africa, whether it be opening trade borders or opening key infrastructure projects...

Lesley Squires 20 Dec 2018

A new kind of partnership: Visit Rwanda, Arsenal Football Club's official tourism partner
A new kind of partnership: Visit Rwanda, Arsenal Football Club's official tourism partnerArticle

I am not a football fan, but I do have a partner who shares the devotion for Arsenal. While I caught a glimpse of one of the games with him a few weeks back, I noticed something. 'Visit Rwanda' as a logo that is now featured on the left sleeve of Arsenal's team shirt...

Livhuwani Clementine Mukhondo 18 Dec 2018

WorldFish, COMESA facility in Zambia to help boost fish trade in Africa
WorldFish, COMESA facility in Zambia to help boost fish trade in AfricaArticle

WorldFish and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa have created the COMESA Fish Inspection and Certification Facility on the Zambia-Zimbabwe-Mozambique border...

6 Dec 2018

Using tech to unlock new markets, cross-border trade for African SMEs
Using tech to unlock new markets, cross-border trade for African SMEsArticle

African consumer and business spending is projected to reach a combined $6.7tn by 2030 with some reports indicating a $2.1tn consumer spending projection for as early as 2025...

Soromfe Uzomah 28 Sep 2018

Lifting the lid on the black box of informal trade in Africa
Lifting the lid on the black box of informal trade in AfricaArticle

The share of internal trade in Africa remains low, as reflected by official statistics. This is despite numerous regional trade agreements that have led to tariffs removal within the trading blocs...

Joachim Jarreau, Cristina Mitaritonna and Sami Ben 26 Sep 2018

Fresh produce trade in Africa continues to be a market leader
Fresh produce trade in Africa continues to be a market leaderArticle

Africa's under-utilised resources, rapidly-increasing urbanisation and modern demand-driven consumer food-buying patterns provide vast opportunities to sell fresh produce to the young, informed and modernising consumer...

17 Sep 2018

Could Zambia stimulate fresh produce trade in Africa?
Could Zambia stimulate fresh produce trade in Africa?Article

The fresh produce industry in Zambia brims with opportunities for the development of modern fresh produce markets that can also stimulate cross-border trade-flow in the entire region...

17 Sep 2018

Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary-General.
Africa has phenomenal potential for intra-continental tradeArticle

When at least 22 countries ratify it, AfCFTA will officially come into force, potentially making the African continent the largest trading bloc in the world...

Zipporah Musau 30 Aug 2018

Fay Mukaddam, CEO of 4AX
Are cryptocurrencies the next step in colonialism or the road to upliftment?Article

The business world has moved beyond the idea that if it isn't made of bricks and mortar, then a company has no value...

24 Jul 2018

Sun hotels square off in Namibia
Sun hotels square off in NamibiaArticle

The Namibian High Court recently issued a decision dealing with passing-off and copyright infringement in the matter of Southern Sun Africa and Southern Sun Hotel Interests vs Sun Square Hotel...

Kareema Shaik 1 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges
#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challengesArticle

Africa is an ideal market for brand holders and counterfeiters as growth in brand investment creates demand...

Vanessa Ferguson 25 May 2018

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Study highlights agriculture's potential to promote economic development and transformationArticle

"Agriculture is one of the most crucial issues in Africa's transformation agenda... now is the time to change our farming processes."

15 May 2018

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#Indaba2018: Tourism's time in the spotlightArticle

Indaba is a tourism trade B2B affair, but tourism in the African context is closely linked to infrastructural development within the individual countries that make up the continent...

Danny Bryer 9 May 2018

New report gives insights into global automotive parts, accessories market
New report gives insights into global automotive parts, accessories marketArticle

IndexBox shares some key findings from its newly released report called World: Parts and accessories of motor vehicles - market report. Analysis and forecast to 2025...

25 Apr 2018

Why Unilever is right to consolidate its headquarters in Rotterdam
Why Unilever is right to consolidate its headquarters in RotterdamArticle

The consumer goods giant Unilever is in the business of what is called "fast moving consumer goods". And in this business - as the name suggests - speed is the name of the game...

Martin Friesl 18 Apr 2018

#ECMA18: Cracking e-commerce conversion
#ECMA18: Cracking e-commerce conversionArticle

The proliferation of e-commerce essentially means that retailers are now more than ever competing in a global marketplace...

Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Mar 2018

Cross-border e-commerce offers boundless growth opportunity for African business
Cross-border e-commerce offers boundless growth opportunity for African businessArticle

Cross border e-commerce continues to provide significant growth opportunities for retailers and manufacturers with an international online product offering...

15 Mar 2018

How the free movement of people could benefit Africa
How the free movement of people could benefit AfricaArticle

Tourism in the Seychelles increased by 7% annually between 2009 and 2014 when the country abolished visas for African nationals. By 2015, thanks to increased revenues, it had become a high-income country with thriving real estate, aviation and service industries...

Tshepo T. Gwatiwa, Michael Noel Sam 15 Mar 2018

Fresh crop of fashion talent advances in Standard Bank business accelerator
Fresh crop of fashion talent advances in Standard Bank business acceleratorArticle

The Threads Accelerator, a fashion SME programme presented by marketing agency Nonzero and Standard Bank, has entered its second stage...

16 Jan 2018

Africa's first digital free trade area for rollout in 2018
Africa's first digital free trade area for rollout in 2018Article

Businesses within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) could save up to $450 million in clearance documentation once the bloc adopts blockchain technology...

Julius Barigaba 28 Dec 2017

A visa-free Africa still faces hurdles
A visa-free Africa still faces hurdlesArticle

Despite fears of an increase in crimes, some countries in Africa are liberalising visas to attract investors...

18 Dec 2017

Peter Alkema
Strange bedfellows. Banks and start ups need to collaborateArticle

New customer preferences threaten the traditional business models of financial services companies and large banks...

Peter Alkema 13 Nov 2017

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Want to improve profits in the trucking industry? Focus on safetyArticle

Road freight's steady growth trajectory looks set to continue, but it is paralleled by a troubling rise in accidents involving trucks...

Morné Stoltz 13 Sep 2017

Intra-African trade critical for economic growth
Intra-African trade critical for economic growthArticle

Participation of women in the economy is key to unlocking intra-African growth opportunities...

Deepa Vallabh 8 Sep 2017

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