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• Published on 21 May 2014 • Category : Africa • Tags : africa entrepreneur women
Female entrepreneurs lead Africa’s small-business boomAs Africa continues its economic transformation, prosperity will come on the shoulders of small-business owners. In many African nations, small businesses account for over 50 percent of GDP and are responsible for the majority of employment. As the continent continues to create technical jobs and value chains based on her mighty natural resources, nations will continue to rely on these grassroots businesses. Africa’s entrepreneurship explosion reflects both the ambition and confidence of its citizens as well as the opportunities that make starting a business in Africa such a tempting op(...)
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• Published on 20 May 2014 • Category : Africa • Tags : africa growth economy afdb
AfDB: African economic outlook positive; more jobs, stability needed to maintain levels Good news for Africa and the global economy: At its annual meeting Monday in Kigali, Rwanda, the African Development Bank (AfDB) reported that the continent’s economy will reach growth rates of 4.8 percent in 2014, with another $200 billion flowing in foreign investment. The bank’s analysis included forecasts for a 5.7 percent growth rate by 2015, which would match levels prior to the financial crisis in 2009. Sub-Saharan countries are forecast to fare best, with some, like Ethiopia, experiencing double-digit growth thanks to heavy investment fr(...)
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• Published on 12 Jun. 2013 • Category : Economy • Tags : Dubai Expo Economy Expo 2020 : Dubai's Triumphant ComebackDubai has recently been announced as the organizer of the 2020 universal exhibition, Expo 2020. It heralds an economic and political return to center stage for this emirate that was left moribund after the crisis of 2008, proving that strategic vision and strong leadership are still cardinal values for a country.In 2008, Dubai was on the brink of economic meltdown. Analysts waxed ironical about delusions of grandeur and the arrogance that had led the small emirate straight into the wall. In the days of subprimes and the collapse of Lehman Brothers, it was fashionable to criticize the Dubai mod(...)
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• Published on 09 May 2013 • Category : nyforum
Agriculture and Africa’s FutureAfrica’s agricultural sector has enormous scope for development, which would benefit both the continent’s economy and its people. A recent report from the African Development Bank Group has noted that advancements in agriculture would have a direct and positive effect on poverty. “The development impact of agricultural productivity growth for the African region is hard to over-emphasize,” the authors wrote. Continent-wide, agriculture is on course to create 8 million stable jobs in the decade to 2020 but could add 6 million more by expanding large-scale commercial farm(...)
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• Published on 05 May 2013 • Category : nyforum
An African Ivy LeagueAs African economies boom and businesses are created, one of the big questions this growth raises is that of third-level education: how can Africa develop a knowledge infrastructure to rival that of the west, a sort of Harvard University in Africa? And what should African philanthropists do to foster the development of top quality educational institutions?There are two main elements to a knowledge infrastructure across a continent or country: firstly, the actual buildings and practical resources; and second, the soft component, such as knowledge and people, the students who go abroad and then (...)
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