Staff

  • Should US Exports To Africa Be Duty free? Opinion: Trump Will End Unilateral Trade

    By Staff, 3:53 pm

    Recently renewed by U.S. President Barack Obama, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA, allows qualifying African countries to export certain products to the U.S. duty free. U.S. exports to Africa, however, are subject to customs duties. Incoming President Donald Trump isn’t going to go for that, says Herman Cohen, a former U.S. ambassador to several African countries. “I have the feeling that he will ask African governments to accept reciprocity in trade relations,” Cohen said.

  • Mounting Biking In The Atlas Mountains: Seeing Goats In Trees Never Gets Old

    Mounting biking in the Atlas Mountains By Staff, 4:14 pm

    Seeing goats in trees never gets old. Learn how to pour a proper mint tea and see goats hanging out in a tree on a mountain biking trip through the Atlas Mountains. As part of a two-week trip around Morocco, cinematographer Evan Burris Trout did a four-hour Atlas Mountain bike trip. He visited a mountain souk, learned about local customs and experienced Moroccan hospitality during a delicious home-cooked meal at a mountain vacation rental home.

  • Morocco Seeks African Union Reinstatement, Settlement Of Unresolved Western Sahara Issue

    Morocco seeks African Union reinstatement By Staff, 3:13 pm

    Morocco’s investment in sub-Saharan Africa the past decade represents 85% of its overall foreign direct investment stocks. The story of its national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, testifies to its expansive economic ambition on the continent. Morocco has expanded economic ties with many African countries through trade and investments since it left the African Union. It now seeks to return to the A.U., boost these ties and settle the unresolved matter of the Western Sahara. It has support of 28 African countries. Leaving the A.U. was a “strategic mistake,” a stakeholder said. “Africa is our natural home.”

  • Trump’s Team Asks State Department How Much US Aid To Africa Is Stolen By Corrupt Governments

    US aid to Africa is stolen By Staff, 1:38 pm

    A four-page list of Africa-related questions from Trump’s transition team to the State Department suggests a U.S. pullback from development and humanitarian goals but not necessarily from trade. How does U.S. business compete with others in Africa? Are we losing out to China? How much U.S. funding is stolen due to corruption? Why should we spend these funds on Africa when people are suffering in the U.S.? Americans believe the U.S. spends 25% of its budget on foreign aid. In reality it’s closer to 1%.

  • Is Africa Becoming Ground Zero In China’s Campaign To Isolate Taiwan?

    China's campaign to isolate Taiwan By Staff, 1:01 am

    As a Chinese official dangled the possible reward of $40-billion US in desperately needed investments, Nigeria this week hastily ordered the shutdown of a trade office by China’s rival, Taiwan. The Chinese diplomatic offensive has ramped up sharply since last year, when the independence-minded Democratic Progressive Party emerged victorious in Taiwan’s election. Since then, Beijing has lured two more African countries away from Taiwan’s embrace, while also battling to weaken Taiwan’s links to individual African politicians.

  • Former Africa Heads At Carlyle And KKR Plan New Investment Firm

    By Staff, 12:02 am

    Private equity opportunities in Africa are often seen as too small for the giants of the buyout industry. The former regional heads for Africa at private equity giants KKR and Carlyle are setting up an investment firm that will focus on the mid-cap, “where we believe the bulk of opportunities are,” a stakeholder said. The new firm will look for ventures which are ready to absorb up to $100 million but will mostly focus on opportunities requiring between $20 and $60 million of equity, Reuters reports.

  • Opinion: Trust Me On This, Blockchain Opportunities Exist Even In Traditional Organizations

    blockchain opportunities By Staff, 8:15 am

    Blockchain has applications in industries other than financial services, a stakeholder says. Start-ups are already offering products that cover specific use cases. Interest was intense at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa in Cape Town. Most of us do not understand TCP/IP protocol, but that doesn’t stop us from surfing the web and exchanging emails. In the same way, clients will come to trust blockchain the same way they trust the Internet. Organizations starting now on a blockchain journey will have a first-mover advantage.

  • Trumponomics: Why African Countries Need To Trade More Among Themselves

    African countries need to trade more among themselves By Staff, 5:32 pm

    Over the last 20 years, Africa’s trade with emerging markets has grown rapidly. A slowdown in global trade could hurt demand for Africa’s export commodities. To counter this, African economies must boost intraregional trade. While unlikely to compensate for a global trade slowdown, this might mitigate some of its more negative effects. Faced with the threat of new disruptions to existing trade patterns, it’s important that African economies start trading more among themselves.

  • Opinion: A Robust Auto Industry Could Make Nigeria One Of Top 10 World Economies

    robust auto industry could make Nigeria By Staff, 5:36 pm

    Poor power supply is partly to blame for the Nigerian government’s inability to build a robust auto industry. That leaves vehicle imports as one of the only ways to meet local demand. Nigeria’s auto market is worth over $4 billion a year, but it does not translate into anything meaningful, a stakeholder said. Starting in 2015, stiff new tariffs were levied on new and used Nigerian vehicle imports. Imports fell more than 50 percent.

  • Opinion: Targeting Ivory Poachers With Drone Strikes Could Salvage Obama’s African Legacy

    Targeting ivory poachers with drone By Staff, 1:01 am

    Obama should instruct the U.S. State Department to designate ivory poachers for what they are: Terrorist financiers and facilitators of ISIS- and al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Make the life expectancy of poachers so short that no one will risk taking the job. And that requires a few well-placed military drone strikes on poaching camps from any number of our established drone bases in Djibouti, Niger, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Burkina Faso or the Seychelles.