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  • East Africa Is The Manufacturing Star In Sub-Saharan Africa In 2017

    manufacturing star in sub-Saharan Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 9:54 am AFKI Original

    As commodity prices have fallen, African manufacturing has increased leverage — and the attention of investors — to garner more foreign investment. Tanzania is probably one of the easier bets if you are following the crowd. Success stories include Kenya-based Catalyst Principal Partners, an East Africa-focused private equity firm which invested in Zenufa Laboratories, a leading Tanzanian pharmaceuticals manufacturer. Catalyst also invested in Chemi Cotex, which makes toothpaste, skin and hair products. Both involve non-food and beverage consumer goods that are manufactured locally. Both have taken market share due to quality products and competitive pricing.

  • South African Ratings Downgrade Is Hurting Barclays Africa Exit Plan

    Barclays Africa exit plan By Reuters, 9:48 am

    The pool of potential buyers is shrinking that Barclays’ can sell shares to in its African business. Some institutional investors, including pension funds, do not allow them to hold an asset that’s sliding on credit ratings. Barclays is struggling to find one strategic buyer that will satisfy South African regulators and is looking to sell its remaining 50% stake in chunks. More than 80% of its revenue is in South Africa. “Banks are paying the price for political uncertainty that we’ve seen in the country over the past two weeks,” a fund manager said.

  • Bitcoin Startups Hope To Tap Huge Demand In Africa For Small Business Loans

    Bitcoin Africa small business loans By Staff, 12:32 pm

    There’s a huge unmet demand for small business financing in sub-Saharan Africa. Africa-based bitcoin startup BitPesa and Germany-based Bitbond have partnered to help change that. Bitbond’s role includes checking the creditworthiness of applicants and determining an interest rate. About 10% of Bitbond’s users are from sub-Sahara. The partnership means a small business owner can receive a loan from investors from all over the world within 20 minutes, a stakeholder said — “an unprecedented level of innovation and convenience in the entire online lending space.”

  • Rent Is Falling In Oil-Exporting African Countries As Expats Exit

    Rent is falling in oil-exporting African countries By Dana Sanchez, 10:10 pm

    Luanda is still the world’s second most expensive city for expats after Hong Kong, but rent for office space fell almost 50 percent in the past two years. Demand has virtually ground to a halt in the region’s top oil-producing country. Rent has has also fallen for office space and luxury homes in Nairobi, where there’s an oversupply. Kenya became a hotspot for oil and gas exploration in 2012. With the price of crude down more than 50 percent since mid-2014, Nigeria, the region’s second-largest oil producer, is in recession. One bright spot: industrial space rent is rising in Kenya.

  • Uber Fighting On All Fronts In Africa As New Competitors Emerge

    Uber Africa new competition By Tom Jackson, 8:48 am AFKI Original

    Uber says there’s enough room in Africa for all types of taxi and ride-hailing services. The US-based tech company headed off early competition on the continent, but new competitiors are rising. Uber hypes up the competition, saying it means more choices that are affordable, reliable, and produce jobs. One new Uber competitior, Africa Ride, offers drivers a share in the business, saying it empowers them more than Uber does. “Drivers will want to log in on the app which they own and have control over,” said Africa Ride founder Thabo Mashale.

  • Opinion: Blockchain Could Make The Internet Of Intelligent Things Work For Africa

    Blockchain By The Conversation, 2:38 pm

    Blockchain, an almost incorruptible digital ledger of transactions, has the potential to be both foundation and springboard in Africa for a new developmental infrastructure. The blockchain can be “the ledger of everything.” A house can become an intelligent entity registered on a secure, distributed database once it’s tagged with a geospatial reference and sensors that monitor its continuing existence. The owner of the asset can, through an Ethereum-based smart contract, secure a loan to expand a startup enterprise. Property and financing aren’t the only areas where the new Internet of Intelligent Things has the potential to compensate for Africa’s legacies of underdevelopment.

  • The Anglos Are Coming To Francophone Africa With An Appetite For Investment

    Anglos investing in Francophone Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 10:13 am AFKI Original

    The Anglos have an apparently insatiable investment appetite for the region. Gabon will no longer fly under the radar after Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle Group — the world’s largest private equity fund — purchased Royal Dutch Shell’s onshore assets in Gabon for $587 million. Petroleum services, infrastructure and timber are rising on the radar for crafty investors in Gabon. Financial services and ICT too. Gabon is a stable provider of services and networks to neighboring countries. Here are six other Francophone African countries investors are looking at.

  • 13 African Countries With The Highest Central Bank Interest Rates

    Interest rates in Africa By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:05 am AFKI Original

    Central banks are the national banking institutions that provide financial and banking services for countries’ governing and commercial banking system, including lending money. African countries have some of the highest interest rates in the world, with some even reaching as high as 23 percent. By way of comparison, the U.S. Federal Reserve recently revised the country’s interest rate to 1 percent, while most of Europe’s central banks have interest rates at between 0.25 percent and 2 percent. We take a look at 13 African countries with the highest central bank interest rates.

  • Barclays Launches E. Africa’s First-Ever Gold-Backed Exchange Traded Fund

    first-ever gold-backed exchange traded fund By Dana Sanchez, 5:17 pm

    Each security is equivalent to 100th of an ounce of gold and is backed by physical gold. The Nairobi all-share index hit a 47-month low March 8, driven down by bank stocks and a Safaricom selloff. Having local currency exposure to the spot price of gold is attractive to local pension funds and others restricted in overseas investment. “It makes sense to be adding complexity to the stock exchange… Barclays is ‘pushing at an open door by launching a gold-based ETF,” an investment advisor said. “There’s clearly demand for gold here because people see it as a store of value.”

  • 12 African International Friendly Results From The Last Week

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:57 am AFKI Original

    National teams throughout Africa were involved in international friendly matches over the weekend, as they used the FIFA international break as an opportunity to prepare for various qualifying campaigns with encounters against other nations. With the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns taking place during the course of this year, the African teams are making the most of friendlies as part of their preparations. We take a look at 12 international friendly results involving African teams from the last few days.

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