Kurt Davis Jr.
Kurt Davis Jr., 4:31 pm AFKI Original
Betting on oil and gas prices these days is part-art and part-fun for bankers and investors, but major oil giants Total seem to be backing East Africa. Numerous pipelines for oil and gas are under construction across the African continent, and may be something for investors to monitor closely. Gas is the third largest fuel source in the global primary energy mix and the second largest source in power generation, contributing 24 percent and 22 percent to each market respectively
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:18 pm AFKI Original
While some African supermarket chains are achieving success, Kenyan brands Nakumatt and Uchumi are struggling badly. Smaller countries, such as Mozambique and Namibia, provide bigger opportunities for expansion (and returns) compared to East African nations. One can better manage growth expectations and costs in neighboring southern African countries, including Zambia, than in the rising East African giants.
Kurt Davis Jr., 9:47 am AFKI Original
The re-election of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), and a brave decision by Jose Eduardo dos Santos to step down should be celebrated, but with this development comes a list of opportunities and challenges. The stepping down of President dos Santos should not be understated for its rarity in the context of politics in other sub-Saharan African countries.
Kurt Davis Jr., 8:02 am AFKI Original
The economies of sub-Saharan Africa have felt the pain of 2015 and 2016, and African currencies have experienced volatility as a result. The year 2017 has been a partial year of recovery or adjustment, but there remain a selection of African economies that continue to experience issues with their currencies as a reflection of the problems that are affecting them at home. Here we take a look at four prime examples.
Kurt Davis Jr., 1:20 am AFKI Original
The Starbucks model is interesting for investors and customers within the East African context. There are other local examples of similar concepts working, such as Sugerpie Cupcakes in Kenya. Premium product for premium price at low cost is a winner in the region, but making it work is not as simple as observers may imagine, and there are numerous reasons why a premium franchise such as Starbucks may struggle to work in East Africa.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:02 am AFKI Original
Political angst and turmoil combined with terrorism has slashed tourism in numerous countries across the world, including on the African continent, and countries are desperate to reignite tourism after the damage dwindling numbers have caused. But Tunisia, Kenya, and Egypt are now overcoming the issues that have plagued their countries in an effort to see tourism numbers return, and early signs are good. Much still needs to be done, but these three nations are on the right track.
Kurt Davis Jr., 7:13 am AFKI Original
The re-election of Paul Kagame to a third term as president of Rwanda on August 4 sparked excitement in some corners of the world and raised concerns in others. While some celebrate Kagame’s amazing success in transforming the small East African nation, others argue that he has already ruled for 17 years, and his continued stay as the country’s first citizen undermines democracy. Both sides have legitimate points.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:25 am AFKI Original
There are currently 300 tech hubs in 93 cities across 42 countries on the African continent. The growing number of tech hubs and developers is drawing significant investment, with more than $366 million invested in startups across Africa in 2016. Despite these positive numbers, a few tweaks could help in boosting the African tech scene and increasing the likelihood of success for African startups.
Kurt Davis Jr., 5:57 am AFKI Original
The story of American bank Goldman Sachs buying $2.8 billion worth of Venezuela government bonds back in May stirred a, perhaps unwarranted, backlash from the morality police, but it gave the country’s government a much needed financial windfall, and made money for the banks involved. With that in mind, and similar opportunities available in sub-Saharan Africa, we offer Goldman Sachs a few candidates in the region to put on their radar.
Kurt Davis Jr., 10:44 am AFKI Original
Women continue to be key stakeholders on the African continent, both in an economic and political sense, and certain influential women have already played their part in the African context during 2017. From Nigeria to Zimbabwe, the likes of Isabel Dos Santos and Grace Mugabe have had an incredible influence on the African continent, along with a few other important women.