Mauritius: Latest News
Betting On Poorer Africans, Soros-Backed Leapfrog Raising $800M For Investments, Eyes Kenyan InsurersBy Dana Sanchez, 9:50 am
LeapFrog Investments is betting on poorer Africans, or “emerging consumers” because they outnumber the continent’s middle class about four to one. Kenya’s new regulations will create buyout opportunities. Nigeria’s huge population and Ghana’s more sophisticated consumers make those markets attractive too. “We’re looking at payment companies because it’s becoming a popular tool that just offers much cheaper ways of doing business” across the continent, a LeapFrog partner said.
Kevin Mwanza, 3:33 am
Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island in sub-Saharan Africa, is the fastest growing wealth market on the continent with 3,200 millionaires, according to a report by the New World Wealth Investment Review. The average person on the island is worth $ 21,700, which is more than second-placed South Africa, Africa’s biggest economy where the average person is worth about $10,300.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
Norway-based Opera claims its web browser reaches 100 million African users. How did they get there? There is a high degree of correlation between income and the browser used. But there’s also frst-mover status. Long before smartphones arrived in Africa, Opera was the de facto mobile phone browser. Other browsers came in with more features that most people didn’t need at the expense of bandwidth. That’s how Opera built its name as the go-to browser in communities with low internet connectivity, especially for mobile users.
Dana Sanchez, 11:12 am
Africa’s largest lender, Johannesburg-based Standard Bank this year made $2 billion in loan commitments to Chinese-owned development projects in Africa, and it plans to help Chinese entrepreneurs seek African investment opportunities in areas such as retail. Access to credit remains a challenge for many Africans. Standard Bank says its opportunities lie in working “on the yuan’s internationalization and helping Chinese companies transform from … contractors to investors.”
Kurt Davis Jr., 3:41 pm AFKI Original
Sub-Saharan African banks are late to the party. More than 75% of Africans lack access to traditional banking. Fintech offerings with the most potential are the ones that address the unbanked and underserved. Addressing Africa’s poor is impactful and a money maker, but it’s also time-consuming — something to consider if you want a quick return. Africans may be quick to try a mobile app or technology but end users are not always quick adopters. Here are five sub-Saharan markets with the most opportunities in fintech.
Dana Sanchez, 3:24 pm
With a $500,000 US investment, foreigners can buy Mauritian residency and apply for a passport after five years of property ownership. By early 2016, there were 3,200 U.S. dollar millionaires living in Mauritius — population 1.3million. Most are from France and Southern Africa. Part of the attraction is low or no taxes. “No housing or property tax, no inheritance tax on properties purchased and no capital gains tax speaks directly to property investors,” a stakeholder said.
Dana Sanchez, 12:42 pm
While there is plenty of information available online about Airbnb’s growth in South Africa, not much is available on its progress throughout the rest of the continent. We know that Airbnb has 25,000 listings in South Africa, and more than half are in Cape Town. Marriott, meanwhile, is on track to have 205 hotels and 37,000 rooms in all of Africa after its six new African hotels are built. Three of the six new Marriott properties will be in Cape Town.
Dana Sanchez, 11:22 am
The Silicon Valley based Zipline team tested its drone delivery system for months in Rwanda to make sure it worked prior to launch, usually with an audience of locals. “Every day, we have hundreds of Rwandans lining up along the fence of the distribution center to watch operations,” said Zipline’s CEO. “The whole crowd cheers for every single takeoff and landing throughout the day. Some people show up at 6 a.m. to get good seats.” Some aid workers say drones have a bad reputation in Africa. People think they’re weapons.
Dana Sanchez, 8:52 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso is an Africa success story for press freedom. The recent military coup was accomplished without any major violations of freedom of information. Insulting the president may be decriminalized soon. Both print and broadcast media are more pluralistic and dynamic than most African countries. Transparent governments that respect human rights and the rule of law tend to be good for business and investment. We’ve highlighted 12 countries in Africa that rank highest for press freedom in 2016.
Dana Sanchez, 6:28 pm
Ibrahim got rich on telecommunications, but he has invested millions in good governance. “Power corrupts absolutely,” Ibrahim said. He called for more international outrage over stolen elections. “People are learning how to steal elections because that looks less brutal than saying ‘I’m president for life,'” he said. “There is a limit to how long they can go on stealing elections. More and more of these elections are being subject to the harsh light of … social media.”
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