How easy is it for SMEs to conduct business in Africa?

With the increasing global emphasis on investment opportunities in Africa’s rapidly growing economies for multinationals and SMEs alike, it is vital for investors and SMEs to understand the business landscape of a country before deciding to expand into its markets. Thinkroom Consulting has in the last two years worked with Microsoft through its Biz4Afrika program

How to Make Your Customers Love Your Business: Tips from my School Teacher

Customers are the life blood of every business. That’s why every successful business has mastered the art and science of attracting and retaining great customers by making them happy. In this guest post, Nneka Okonkwo shares a simple but very symbolic experience she had with one of her teachers from back in the day. Here we


On Wednesday the 18th of November, Forbes released a new list showing the 50 richest Africans with a minimum net worth of $330 million, which is significantly lower than the the $510 million threshold from a year ago. Despite the reduction in the minimum net worth, there was also a reduction in the list of billionaires in


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15 Sub-Saharan African Countries Where It’s Easiest To Do Business In The Formal Economy

World Bank’s Doing Business indexes shed light annually on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regulations. The bank measures and tracks changes in regulations affecting 11 areas in the life cycle of a business: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property,

How African companies are taking business away from multinationals

A number of multinational companies have in recent years entered the African market seeking growth opportunities. The likes of Nestlé, Unilever and Coca-Cola, that have a longer history with the continent, have also been making additional investments and expanding their reach. But these multinationals’ ambitions to tap into Africa’s growth are not going unchallenged as

DC app to facilitate business with 10 Africa markets

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has updated the Africa Gateway – its Smart Application launched last year – to include four more African markets, taking the total to 10 countries. Launched alongside the Africa Global Business Forum 2015, held at Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, the updated application is already available from both

Africa Private Equity Insider: What’s The Investing Risk In Eurobond Issuers?

Much has been made of African Eurobond debt levels. After a period of strong demand for yield-hungry investors, many African governments now sit with large amounts of dollar-denominated liabilities and a trifecta of global economic issues: a slowdown in other emerging economies, particularly China; a strong U.S. dollar; and a weak commodities market. Does this