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Africa: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 5:07 pm
Bitcoin surged today above $1,400. Its most recent rise is attributed to strong demand in Japan, where the digital currency is designated legal tender. Most African banks charge 10-to-19% on remittances. Bitcoin has started taking a bite out of the $4B trade from international transfers to Africa, but it’s still moving slowly. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is credited with helping boost the value of bitcoin. The Winklevoss brothers — disputed founders of Facebook — applied to list a proposed bitcoin-tracking exchange-traded fund, and were initially rejected. The SEC is reconsidering.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:49 pm AFKI Original
For the Nuba, wealth is measured in cattle. The Nuba people of Sudan’s Southern Kordofan Province have been historically discriminated against by the Arabic regimes that have been in power. In 2011, war broke out between the Sudan government and rebels in the Nuba Mountains. Conflict continues to this day, with humanitarian aid blocked. Sudanese journalists are banned from reporting on the war, and face potential imprisonment if they dare to cover the ongoing conflict in the region. Here are 14 things you didn’t know about the Nuba people.
Staff, 9:41 pm
Many South African business leaders say that malaria is among the top reasons they do not travel to other African countries. The world’s first malaria vaccine will undergo trials in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi in 2018, possibly heralding victory over a disease that still kills close to 500,000 people a year, mainly Africans. Although health is a cardinal element of the human development index, this is not a health story, but an economic and a human story. Africa’s bid for economic self-reliance stands to benefit from a malaria vaccine.
Staff, 8:14 pm
A U.S. company that builds bulletproof cars has contracted to outfit four helicopters for South Africa’s Anti-Poaching Task Force. Heavily armed poachers have become more aggressive, firing on agents as they patrol overhead in helicopters. International Armoring developed lightweight, high-tech fiber materials which weigh up to to 60 percent less than traditional bulletproof armor. “Just like the cars, our focus (with the helicopters) is on the passenger compartment, allowing them time to react and get out of a dangerous situation,” the company president said.
Ann Brown, 1:20 pm AFKI Original
Two young women hope to unite the Sudans with a digital media model for post-conflict Sudan. Sudanese internet use is robust. Sudan ranked No. 41 out of 201 countries for internet penetration. It has more internet users than Belgium. These entrepreneurs must overcome challenges unheard-of in the west.
Tom Jackson, 1:00 am AFKI Original
South African startups were the most popular in Africa for investment in 2016, with Cape Town and Johannesburg establishing themselves as hubs. Junk status could have a serious impact on this. Michael Jordaan, former CEO of South Africa’s First National Bank, is now an investor in innovative tech startups. The ratings downgrade is bad news for the economy as a whole but startups will be less affected than larger firms, he told AFKInsider. “Startups need to dominate a niche at first and in this sense the macro economy is a very small factor,” he said. “Startups should take comfort that they will survive and thrive if they keep their customers happy.”
Kurt Davis Jr., 2:00 am AFKI Original
Short-term volatility and uncertainty in the African growth story create opportunities for hedge funds. Hedge funds generally operate more flexibly than private equity, and they have the creativity to generate bond-like returns that outpace inflation. Critics say hedge funds have limited liquidity in an opaque world. The riskiest play — but with big returns — is in agriculture and land. Where land is for sale in Africa, investors are making a play for a limited resource, especially when it’s arable, ripe for production or ideal for commercial and residential construction.
Staff, 3:59 pm
Wind and solar power in Africa are short-term solutions that cannot fix serious, immediate problems. African cities need abundant, reliable electricity, and they need it now. Wind and solar do not equal real economic development or really improved living standards. African governments need to stand up to Europeans, global banks and environmentalists who oppose big power plants in Africa. Our leaders need to remember that Europe and the U.S. did not have a World Bank or other outside help when they modernized and industrialized. They did it themselves.
Staff, 2:42 pm
Huarong Zhang is chairman of Huajian Group, whose Chinese factories make shoes for Ivanka Trump, Nine West, Michael Kors and other Western brands. This week, Zhang brokered a $ 1.5 billion deal with the Nigerian government to build a shoe factory Nigeria. Huajian already has a shoe factory in Ethiopia manufacturing more than 2,000 pairs of shoes a day that are exported to the U.S. and European markets. Huajian produces 12 million pairs of shoes a year, mostly high-end brands for European and U.S. markets. They typically sell for at least $100 a pair in the U.S.
Tom Jackson, 12:36 pm AFKI Original
Across Africa, banks are choosing to work with startups rather than compete against them. Citibank has run mobile challenges in Nairobi, Standard Bank has incubators in South Africa, and Barclays has just selected its second cohort in its Cape Town-based accelerator. Fintech startups are reimagining the concept, delivery and consumption of financial services in ways banks have been unable. However, such companies lack the financial clout and access to customers to ensure mass uptake of their solutions. Banks can offer them this.
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