Category archives for: Business

Botswana Rolling Out Red Carpet for Investors

by POLOKO TAU Botswana has promised to roll out the red carpet for investors, urging them not to be discouraged by its small population from doing business in the country because decent returns are part of the package. Speaking at the official opening of the 14th Global Expo Botswana in the capital city Gaborone this […]

Kenya manufacturers’ lobby launches hub to boost small enterprises

Kenya Association of Manufactures (KAM) on Thursday launched a hub to foster growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through access to finance, markets and capacity development. Kenyan government officials and corporate executives who attended the launch of Manufacturing SME Hub said it will help address regulatory, capacity and financing bottlenecks that are to blame […]

NYC Yellow Cab Drivers’ Earnings Have Fallen 44 Percent Since 2013

by RUSCHELL BOONE Yellow cab drivers in New York City say they don’t need a study to tell them what they already know: the drop in fares over the last six years has been devastating. “You can see it every day. You can feel it, what going on,” one driver said. The New York City […]

Choosing Between Land Ownership Reform and Food Security

by SELLA ONEKO Farfell Coffee Estate is known in countries such as Sweden, France and the US for its products The farm employs 600 workers, exports macadamia nuts and sends 1,300 tons of avocados to France each season Its coffee is in demand in more than 50 countries around the world. For estate owner Richard […]

Swiss Company Seeks To Put Zimbabwean Coffee Back On The Table

Zimbabwean coffee was once highly regarded for its quality, a prince among East African coffees. In the late 1980s, Zimbabwean coffee farmers produced over 15,000 tonnes of coffee a year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, placing it firmly among the top global coffee producers. Since the beginning of the 21st century, however, the […]

‘Amazon of Africa’ is a‘Fraud’,‘Worthless’: Research Firm

Jumia Technologies AG shares sank more than 20% in Thursday trading after Citron Research’s Andrew Left, a noted short seller, alleged in a report that it has the “smoking gun” that shows why Jumia equity is “worthless.” “In 18 years of publishing, Citron has never seen such an obvious fraud as Jumia,” the report said. […]

Mogadishu Gets App for Motorcycle Taxi

You can now hail a motorcycle service in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. The Go! app launched in the Indian Ocean city today (May 1) promising affordable and convenient options in the city’s bustling transport sector. The e-hailing service is starting out with 20 motorcycles, allowing customers to order their rides online or hail them on […]

Building Africa’s Shipping Center

Located at the mouth of the red sea, sits along the Gulf of Aden – one of the world’s busiest shipping routes. However, it has a population of less than one million, and several other African nations have a head start. South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique already have much larger, busier ports. Despite this, […]

M-Pesa Helps Drive Up Kenyans’ Access to Financial Services – Study

by GEORGE OBULUTSA The proportion of Kenya’s population with access to formal financial services rose to 83 percent from 75 percent in 2016, driven largely by mobile technology, a survey partly conducted by the central bank showed on Wednesday. The East African nation is one of the world’s leaders in mobile money services, after telecoms […]

Remittance Into Nigeria Increased by 14% to Reach $25 Billion in 2018 — PwC

by YINKA AWOSANYA In 2018, a total of $25.08 billion was remitted by Nigerians in diaspora into the country, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimates. This represents about 14% increase from 2017 and 83% of the federal government’s 2018 budget in value. This is almost $3 billion higher than the World Bank’s previous estimate which, at $22 billion, […]