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SA Firm Aims to Ease Bank Queues with Automated Cash Deposit System
April 28 | east africa investment | 299 views | 0 Comments

Businesses handling large volume of cash in transactions are set to cut the time it takes to validate and sort bank notes with the introduction of a new banking system. The Automatic Cash Deposit Machine (ACDM), a product of South Africa’s CashAccessSys was Introduced into the market mid-April and is expected to significantly reduce long queues […]

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Kenya reviews tea taxes to boost main foreign exchange earner
April 26 | east africa investment | 247 views | 0 Comments

Kenya is reviewing taxes and levies on tea production after industry executives and farmers said the charges were putting them at a competitive disadvantage. Producers of Kenya’s No. 1 export earner complain about a 1 per cent levy on tea sold at a weekly auction in Mombasa and a 16 per cent value added tax […]

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KenGen woos financiers to its mega power investments
March 14 | east africa investment | 363 views | 0 Comments

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has received several commitments for the financing of its various projects as it seeks to spend a total of Sh140 billion ($1.4 billion) in the period to 2019 to meet the surging power demand. Some international development and donor agencies are proposing to finance some of the projects with KenGen […]

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HERE ARE THE MOST RECENT AFRICAN INNOVATIONS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
January 29 | east africa investment | 402 views | 0 Comments

The focus on innovation is emerging as a key theme in the Africa Union’s long-term strategy, Agenda 2063, as Africans find better ways of solving local problems and innovation on the continent continues to grow. Despite challenging factors such as access to capital, inadequate infrastructure and poor technical manpower, Africa is brimming with a rising generation of […]

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Entrepreneurship to come to life through circular African economies
January 22 | east africa investment | 410 views | 0 Comments

Entrepreneurs create and bring to life new technologies, products and services, building new markets and jobs along the way. Africa’s role on the global stage as a hub for economic growth and empowerment opportunities continues to gather pace. However, there are critical challenges, in particular the need to create a significant number of jobs for the […]

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Public Transport in Morocco to Receive US$200 Million Boost
December 17 | east africa investment | 401 views | 0 Comments

Morocco is overhauling its urban public transport to meet the demand of its growing urban population. To support this, the World Bank has announced a US$200 million program to improve urban mobility in Morocco, and in particular the quality and management of public transport. With 60% of 34 million Moroccans living in cities, public transport has […]

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Power Sector Pivotal to Inclusive Growth in Zambia
December 15 | east africa investment | 363 views | 0 Comments

Following successive years of political stability and strong economic growth, Zambia’s growth is expected to fall below 4% in 2015 after years of 6.4% average growth between 2010 and 2014, according to the sixth World Bank Zambia Economic Brief. And in this trend, Zambia is not alone. African economies are facing difficult global conditions combined […]

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Gulf investors seek new markets in Uganda, Kenya
December 8 | east africa investment | 449 views | 0 Comments

Uganda and Kenya are becoming more appealing destination for investors from the Gulf region, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Retail and hypermarkets, vehicles, commercial banking and tourism are key sectors of interest, predominantly in areas in which companies have experience and comparative advantage. The study, commissioned by the Dubai Chamber […]

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Kilimanjaro airport upgrade to double its capacity
December 3 | east africa investment | 429 views | 0 Comments

The upgrade of Tanzania’s second largest airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, is underway. It is expected to give KIA the capacity to handle more aircraft and passengers. The makeover, which started last week, will see all runways, apron, taxiways and passenger lounges modernised. Project Engineer Mathew Ndossi said that the$39.7 million expansion works, set to be […]

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Nigeria Internet Market Poised to Hit N1.1trillion by 2017
December 2 | east africa investment | 338 views | 0 Comments

Regional Director, Nigeria and Central Africa, Alcatel Onetouch, Nick Imudia, in an interview with Vanguard revealed a significant growth Nigeria’s internet penetration. Alcatel OneTouch is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. TCL Communication is a public company listed […]

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Uganda’s Pearl Dairy to build plant in Kenya
December 1 | east africa investment | 376 views | 0 Comments

Uganda-based Pearl Dairy Farms Limited is set to build a production and repackaging plant in Nairobi’s Industrial Area as it moves to grow its market share in Kenya. The company, the agricultural arm of the Midland Group, currently serves the local market with ghee, butter and milk powder imported from its Ugandan plant. Pearl says […]

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East Africa Exchange To Lend Grain Farmers $70Million
November 30 | east africa investment | 383 views | 0 Comments

The East Africa Exchange (EAX), a regional commodities exchange warehouse receipt system, is expected to advance over $70 million in credit to small-holder grain farmers who have been starved of funding. The EAX is a subsidiary of Africa Exchange Holdings, Ltd (AFEX), which comprises Heirs Holdings, Berggruen Holdings, 50 Ventures, and Ngali Holdings, a local […]

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GLOBAL PARTNER SOLUTIONS – MARKET ENTRY SOLUTION PROVIDER IN AFRICA
November 27 | east africa investment | 333 views | 0 Comments

We have just made our debut on You Tube. Global Partner Solutions Ltd. is in the business of creating value for our clients by positioning those that are entering , as well as those existing ,in the Africa market, through our tailored Marketing & Market Introductory Solutions. The combination of our four pronged winning formula […]

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How Easy Is It For SMEs To Conduct Business In Africa?
November 27 | east africa investment | 387 views | 0 Comments

With the increasing global emphasis on investment opportunities in Africa’s rapidly growing economies for multinationals and SMEs alike, it is vital for investors and SMEs to understand the business landscape of a country before deciding to expand into its markets. Thinkroom Consulting has in the last two years worked with Microsoft through its Biz4Afrika program […]

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The Truth About Africa’s Rising Middle Class
November 26 | east africa investment | 422 views | 0 Comments

Opinion on Africa’s middle class opportunity is divided. Earlier this year, Nestlé announced its disappointment with the scale and growth of Africa’s middle class, and cut its regional workforce by 15%. Only a few months later, however, AB InBev’s takeover of SABMiller – one of the largest proposed corporate takeovers ever of a UK-listed entity […]

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SMILE LAUNCHES VOICE-OVER-LTE SERVICE IN EAST AFRICA
November 25 | east africa investment | 477 views | 0 Comments

Pan-African telecoms operator, SMILE Telecom has launched the first voice over LTE (VoLTE) service in East Africa offering high-definition voice and video calling services. The operator rolls out the service initially in Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, as well as in Entebbe and Mukono. It also plans to expand the roll out to other smaller town and […]

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e-Waste – An Opportunity For Economic Growth in Africa?
November 24 | east africa investment | 468 views | 0 Comments

To help ease the high unemployment levels throughout the continent, organisations need to be innovative and create new commercially viable business opportunities. eWaste has captured the headlines in recent months and is no doubt an attractive proposition for companies to help stimulate economy growth. At the recent national consultative conference on electronic and electrical waste […]

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Rwanda looks to adopt new Internet technology
November 23 | east africa investment | 364 views | 0 Comments

    Rwanda could soon be making use of the latest Internet technology to develop low cost sustainable solutions for numerous sectors and to address various development challenges. The new technology is developed from the increasing network interconnection of ICT gadgets. Experts says the interconnections, referred to as the ‘Internet of Things’ by IT enthusiasts, […]

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AfDB 2015 Economic Outlook Gives East Africa Best Growth Prospects
November 20 | east africa investment | 418 views | 0 Comments

East Africa will record the fastest growth on the continent in 2015 and 2016, the African Economic Outlook (AEO) shows. The outlook classified the continent into five regions; Central, North, South and West Africa. Thirteen countries were placed in East Africa, including the five that make up the East Africa Community bloc. According to the […]

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Huge Opportunities for Agricultural Growth in West Africa
November 19 | east africa investment | 381 views | 0 Comments

New report sees regional integration as high road to making the most of changing food patterns and dynamic populations West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective  regional integration, says a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of […]

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Female Entrepreneurs Get a Chance to Pursue Their Dreams in Ethiopia
November 18 | east africa investment | 507 views | 0 Comments

Zinabua Hailu has a dream. She wants to build a big hotel with “stars” — one that meets international rating standards, the kind of hotel tourists might frequent. It’s not an impossible dream. Over the last eight years, the mother of three has built her business from a one-room, one-person food vendor operation into a 10-room hotel […]

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Recognizing Africa’s Informal Sector
November 17 | east africa investment | 386 views | 0 Comments

In recent years, many African countries have experienced a growth revival, but this has not necessarily generated decent jobs. Unemployment remained high among youth and the adult African population. Little attention has been paid to the role of informal sector in fostering growth and creating jobs. In fact, the informal sector contributes about 55 per […]

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#MADE IN AFRICA: THESE ARE THE TOP 10 MOST ADMIRED AFRICAN BRANDS
November 16 | east africa investment | 517 views | 0 Comments

Recently, the annual ranking of the most admired brands and most valuable brands in Sub Saharan Africa, Brand Africa 100 was announced  at a Gala launch of the 4th annual Brand Africa 100 in South Africa. In the category of most admired African brands for 2015, MTN, GLO and Dangote came top. It is also worthy […]

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Five African countries that offer the greatest investment opportunities in real estate
November 13 | east africa investment | 618 views | 0 Comments

BY KURT DAVIS Real estate remains a booming opportunity for Africa-focused investors for good reasons. The growth of Africa’s cities creates a demand for increased volumes of high-quality commercial and residential real estate. The rise of the urban middle class drives retail property development, particularly as modern shopping malls spread across the continent. A growing […]

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WHY YOU NEED AN AFRICAN MARKET INTRODUCTORY PLAN – REASON 10 – AFRICA YOUTHS ARE INCREASINGLY PARTICIPATING IN LEADERSHIP
October 26 | east africa investment | 384 views | 0 Comments

Youths are increasingly participating in leadership With the number of the youth population sky-high, more youths are coming forward to have a say in the future Africa promises. Although youth participation maybe relatively low, depending on the country, the response from social media and technology bares evidence that youths are now more interested in making […]

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WHY YOU NEED AN AFRICAN MARKET INTRODUCTORY PLAN – REASON 9 – AFRICA IS THE RISE OF THE AFRICAN WOMAN
October 22 | east africa investment | 392 views | 0 Comments

The rise of the African Woman Although much still needs to be done, fair gender representation, which has been underutilized as a resource for too long, has received a boost with improvement in the number of African women holding key public offices, for example, Joyce Banda (Malawi’s president), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Nigeria’s finance minister), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma […]

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FOOD & MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY: – STAWI INDUSTRIES, THE NEXT BIG THING IN AGRIBUSINESS
October 21 | east africa investment | 686 views | 0 Comments

The role of the manufacturing sector cannot be taken lightly as it is widely considered to be the ideal industry to drive Kenya’s development. This is due to the labour intensive, export-focused nature of the industry. Furthermore, the manufacturing sector is also more sustainable and less vulnerable to external shocks than commodities for instance. Kenya’s […]

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WHY YOU NEED AN AFRICAN MARKET INTRODUCTORY PLAN – REASON 8 – AFRICA IS RESILIENT
October 19 | east africa investment | 461 views | 0 Comments

Resilience Is Vital to Africa’s Promising Development Future Future-proofing African development by building resilience will determine how successful we are at ending extreme poverty and creating shared prosperity. Nigeria’s economic freedom score is 55.6, making its economy the 120th freest in the 2015 Index. The trend of strong economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa—which led to the […]

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WHY YOU NEED AN AFRICAN MARKET INTRODUCTORY PLAN – REASON 7 – AFRICA IS THE STORY. THE BIG STORY IS AFRICA
October 13 | east africa investment | 467 views | 0 Comments

Africa is the story. The big story is Africa. This is a market of a billion people, of natural resources To invest in Africa is to invest in what the world needs. The continent is extraordinarily rich in minerals, energy resources and uncultivated arable land. Large new oil and natural gas fields are being discovered […]

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WHY YOU NEED AN AFRICAN MARKETING INTRODUCTORY PLAN – REASON 6: AFRICA HAS THE HIGHEST ECONOMIC GROWTH POTENTIAL
October 9 | east africa investment | 493 views | 0 Comments

Growth is coming off a very low base, setting the table for what could be years or even decades of rapid economic progress.Africa’s business framework is modernizing and creating opportunities. Overall, Africa’s infrastructure grid—roads, bridges, power—is in massive need, but that represents a $1 trillion investment prospect.Paradoxically, infrastructure gaps have spurred innovation in African mobile-phone […]

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WHY YOUR COMPANY NEEDS AN AFRICAN INTRODUCTORY MARKETING PLAN – REASON 5 – AFRICA IS THE NEXT EMERGING MARKETS SUCCESS STORY
October 5 | east africa investment | 366 views | 0 Comments

Despite high food and fuel prices, consumers in Africa continue to spend; the growing middle class has boosted consumption, residential construction, and private investment. Today, Africa is a complex and diverse continent requiring deep layers of insight. Its potential is unmistakable: a decade of sustained growth with several more to come. Africa is the emerging market […]

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WHY YOUR COMPANY NEEDS AN AFRICAN INTRODUCTORY MARKETING PLAN – REASON 4 – FROM THE LITTLE SPARK BURSTS A FLAME
September 29 | east africa investment | 464 views | 0 Comments

Businesses and investors are beginning to take note of the continent’s potential – not only its wealth of natural resources but its human capital. Africa may prove to be one of the next great global stories.Africa’s most developed economies, such as South Africa, Morocco and Egypt, are on track to create more wage-paying jobs than […]

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WHY YOUR COMPANY NEEDS AN AFRICAN INTRODUCTORY MARKETING PLAN – REASON 3 – AFRICA: THE BREAD BASKET OF THE WORLD
September 24 | east africa investment | 440 views | 0 Comments

Africa undoubtedly holds large chunks of open, arable land that is being seen as a source of future food supplies for the rising population of the world. Africa has about 60% of the world’s unused cropland, providing it with a golden opportunity to simultaneously develop its agricultural sector and reduce unemployment. On current trends, African […]

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Why you need an African Market Introductory Plan – Reason 2 – Massive Job Growth is on track for Africa
September 15 | east africa investment | 468 views | 0 Comments

    Reason 2 That your company needs an African Introductory Marketing Plan   Africa’s developing economies are on track to create more wage-paying jobs than new entrants to the workforce. Three sectors have proven capacity to create jobs and can do so in the future: Agriculture, Manufacturing and Retail & Hospitality. This is the time to […]

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WHY YOU NEED AN AFRICAN MARKETING INTRODUCTORY PLAN – REASON 1: AFRICA IS BOOMING!
September 10 | east africa investment | 403 views | 0 Comments

Reason 1 That your company needs an African Introductory Marketing Plan   Africa has been the second-fastest-growing region in the world over the past 10 years, with average annual growth of 5.1 per cent over the past decade, driven by greater political stability and economic reforms that have unleashed the private sector in many countries.    

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10 Reasons your business needs an African Market Introductory Plan – Intro
September 9 | east africa investment | 509 views | 0 Comments

We are excited to launch our first mini series on “10 Reasons your business needs an African Market Introductory Plan!”  6 of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa. U.S. exports  alone to sub-Saharan Africa now top $21 billion a year. Needless to say, if your company or business doesn’t have an […]

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Private equity Abraaj Group to invest Sh92bn in Kenya and four other countries
August 26 | east africa investment | 1,448 views | 0 Comments

By JOHN GACHIRI Private equity firm Abraaj Group says Kenya is among five African markets in which it will invest Ksh. 92 billion. Abraaj announced plans to invest in local companies after closing the Abraaj Africa Fund III (AAF III) which raised $990 million (Sh92.3 billion) from European, North American and African institutional investors. “AAF III […]

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How Nairobi Is Earning Its Nickname as the Developing World’s ‘Silicon Savannah’
August 20 | east africa investment | 510 views | 0 Comments

BY ZOE HENRY Kenya’s capital city is quickly becoming a technology epicenter. An agile mobile banking system is creating new market opportunities for digital entrepreneurs. At first blush, you might not think of Nairobi, Kenya, as being especially ripe for startups. Public concerns about security, government red tape, and a long waiting period for corporate registration […]

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NAIROBI TERMED ‘HUB OF IMPACT INVESTMENT’ AS REGION ATTRACTS $9 BILLION
August 18 | east africa investment | 480 views | 0 Comments

By JEFF OTIENO, The EastAfrican  East Africa is fast becoming a ‘hotspot’ for impact investing that promotes not just profits but also sound environmental and social principles. In the past five years, about $9.3 billion in impact investment funds has flowed into the region, according to the latest report produced by the UK Department For International […]

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WE INVITE YOU TO THE GULFOOD MANUFACTURING EXHIBITION 2015
August 5 | east africa investment | 432 views | 0 Comments

We welcome you to join us at the Gulfood Manufacturing Exhibition taking place at the Dubai Trade Centre from the 27th-29th October 2015. This is set out to be the BIGGEST Food and Beverage Processing event in the MEASA (Middle East Africa and South Asia) Region.This event hopes to provide a unique opportunity for attendees […]

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East Africa’s mining and energy sectors offer lucrative investment opportunities
July 31 | east africa investment | 836 views | 0 Comments

By: Tina Nduta East Africa is endowed with some of the World’s largest extractable energy reserves. It is hard to imagine that two out of every three people in the sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. Indeed, 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. Africa’s power deficit has […]

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East African textile industry flourishes – status and future prospects
July 20 | east africa investment | 541 views | 0 Comments

Following to the positively proved textile industries’ promissory gains in the past five years, East African countries have been increasing their relentless efforts to expand this industrial venture. East Africa managed to attract major retail brands such as Wal-Mart’s Asda, Primark, Tesco, Hennes and Mauritz (H&M), Phillips Van Heusen and Tchibo, which are sourcing apparels from Ethiopia and Kenya. According […]

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Ethiopia’s Hot, Nigeria’s Not, for Investors Eyeing Africa
June 8 | east africa investment | 551 views | 0 Comments

by Michael Cohen, William Davison and Renee Bonorchis Africa has a hot new investment destination and it’s not Nigeria. The buzz at the World Economic Forum on Africa, an annual summit of the continent’s rich and powerful, is all about Ethiopia, where the economy is flourishing and the government is embracing select foreign capital. Executives from […]

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Investment firms backing retail developments in East Africa
May 28 | east africa investment | 501 views | 0 Comments

East Africa’s shopping landscape is slowly changing with the construction of multi-million dollar centres in prominent cities. Many projects are being developed by investment firms and private equity funds eager to cash in on the region’s burgeoning consumer markets. In Nairobi, London-based private equity firm Actis is set to open its $250m Garden City mall on […]

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Big Business potential in East Africa’s smaller cites and towns
April 29 | east africa investment | 542 views | 0 Comments

By: Dinfin Mulupi Kenya’s capital Nairobi has for decades attracted people in rural areas in pursuit of higher education and job opportunities. Those who came for the first time in the 1990s relished the sight of the tall buildings, which at the time were non-existent in other towns. Today, real estate developments have taken off in emerging […]

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Overview: Business Opportunities in East Africa
April 1 | east africa investment | 568 views | 0 Comments

This article was written for people in the Western Cape that are looking towards East Africa for business opportunities, but the article makes some relevant points and raises some clear challenges for anyone around the world looking towards East Africa for business opportunities.  By: Jenni McCann Doing business in Africa is an interna­tional trend, and […]

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Report: Trade environment improved in East Africa
March 26 | east africa investment | 557 views | 0 Comments

NAIROBI, March 25 (Xinhua) — Investments in trade infrastructure as well as the removal of bureaucratic and procedural barriers to economic integration have positioned the East Africa region as the destination of choice for doing business, a study has shown. A study published on Wednesday by the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), a donor-funded organization formed […]

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Five African investment hotspots for 2015
February 23 | east africa investment | 815 views | 0 Comments

Tanzania has been included in several recent lists for African investment hot spots for 2015 and the future. In this article, Dr. Alvaro Sobrinho has listed Tanzania amongst the top 5 investment hot spots in Africa citing clear reasoning.  A primary barrier can arise when deciding where to start when seeking to discover investment opportunities. Beginning […]

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The key to successful business expansion: The localization of your Strategy
February 3 | east africa investment | 705 views | 0 Comments

Are you considering expanding your product or service into Africa? Have you already created a strategy or a business plan? The next step is to take your existing strategy and to localize it. This is the act of ensuring that every step of your plan corresponds and takes into account the cultural nuances and business environment in […]

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This Country Is Africa’s Most Attractive Economy
January 30 | east africa investment | 685 views | 0 Comments

By Felicia Omari Ochelle VENTURES AFRICA – Kenya, East Africa’s largest economy, is the best emerging economy in Africa to invest in, according to a new report. This recognition can be attributed to the country’s enhanced infrastructure development and a steady political and macroeconomic atmosphere. Ian Bremmer, President of global political risk research and consulting […]

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We’re Expanding our Team! – Opportunity, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
January 27 | east africa investment | 762 views | 0 Comments

Job Description Position: Management Consulting Associate   Global Partner Solutions Ltd. (GPS) is a specialized, Management Consulting firm that helps clients strategize and align themselves to succeed in the East African market. GPS professionals provide services that extend from specialized market entry solutions to strategy & organization advisory for companies coming into the East African […]

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Finding Opportunities for Investing in Infrastructure
January 27 | east africa investment | 704 views | 0 Comments

By Anna B. Wroblewska | Infrastructure is a hot topic in Africa, and rightly so with glaring examples of insufficient electrification. A poignant one is the conclusion that the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, consumes more electricity on game days than all of Liberia. Persistent inefficiencies faced by industries such as agriculture make it clear that there is ample opportunity for investment […]

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Opinion Piece: Why investing in East Africa Oil makes sense right now
January 26 | east africa investment | 503 views | 0 Comments

By Jeffrey Cavanaugh As a frontier market, the countries of Africa represent both tremendous opportunities and tremendous risks. On the risk side of the ledger are all the usual complications of international trade and investment compounded by the problems inherent in a developing, emergent continental market consisting of 54 countries and 1.1 billion people – […]

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East Africa 2015 – Prime Destination for Agri-business Investments
January 22 | east africa investment | 529 views | 0 Comments

By Daily News Reporter | OVER 3.4 billion US dollars (over 6.08trn/-) has been invested in commercial agriculture by foreigners in Tanzania thanks to improving investment climate. Agribusiness Congress East Africa Director, Liam Beckett said in general East Africa is seen as an agribusiness investment destination for foreign investors. “Other countries that are showing strong […]

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Opinion Piece – East Africa: 2015 Prediction for Businesses
December 17 | east africa investment | 549 views | 0 Comments

By: Eran Feinstein, founder of 3G Direct Pay Limited 2015 looks to be a great year for growth and innovation within the East African business community. Along with significant increases in tourism and advances in technology (for example, more robust mobile and Internet connections), we are seeing a much higher consumer usage rate of credit […]

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Africa’s Infrastructure Proving Attractive For Local, Global Investors
December 4 | east africa investment | 747 views | 0 Comments

By Niyi Aderibigbe | Africa’s infrastructure deficit unveils an array of opportunities for investments, and these opportunities are been snapped up both by local and global investors. By 2025, the amount of money spent on infrastructure in the Africa is projected to reach $180 billion per annum, according to a new report by PwC. “The […]

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East Africa Gets $1.2bn World Bank Loan For Infrastructure Development
December 2 | east africa investment | 770 views | 0 Comments

By Niyi Aderibigbe | The East African integration programme received a fresh boost recently when the World Bank agreed the release of a $1.2 billion loan to the states in the East African Community (EAC). The fund will be used to develop infrastructure and further the region’s integration programme. “We are partnering with the EAC […]

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GROW your enterprise in East Africa!
December 1 | east africa investment | 825 views | 0 Comments
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Africa’s Emerging Markets Offer Great Potential For E-Commerce Growth
November 21 | east africa investment | 1,036 views | 0 Comments

By Niyi Aderibigbe | Africa offers enormous potential for e-commerce growth given that online shopping is in its infancy in the region, notes Sumesh Rahavendra, head of marketing for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). “Although global e-retailer Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary in July, eCommerce companies in Africa are only now beginning to mark […]

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How Africa can make the next quantum leap in trade
November 20 | east africa investment | 847 views | 0 Comments

By Alex Manson | In 2010, Kenyan and Chinese archaeologists digging on the Indian Ocean coast found a haul of brass coins that have rewritten Africa’s trade history. Minted in the early 15th century, the coins show that Chinese missions were reaching the African continent 100 years before Europeans arrived. In the 1950s, newly-independent economies […]

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Tanzania: Local investments to ‘swim’ in massive financial boost
November 13 | east africa investment | 666 views | 0 Comments

By Henry Lyimo | MORE than seven billion US dollars have been committed by local and foreign venture capital and private equity funds for long term investment financing in Tanzania giving massive boost to prospects for transforming the country to an industrialised economy. Pension funds have the largest share of the lot after committing four […]

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Unpacking Credit Card Usage in Africa
November 12 | east africa investment | 528 views | 0 Comments

By Eran Feinstein | Credit card usage in Africa trails other continents significantly, mostly because of the extremely rural nature of most residences. Studies (McKinsey, February 2014) indicate that almost nine out of 10 financial transactions in Kenya, for example, are still made in cash. In most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the number is closer […]

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East Africa aspires to become a new world-class energy player
November 10 | east africa investment | 820 views | 0 Comments

By Alex Wolfram | East Africa is undergoing a major transformation to become a new world-class player on the energy market. By 2025, east Africa is expected to experience an incremental production growth of nearly one million barrels per day (b/d), led by Mozambique and Tanzania, according to IHS. With the highest number of gas […]

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US keen to ease trade hurdles in East Africa
November 5 | east africa investment | 581 views | 0 Comments

BY EMMANUEL ONYANGO The US government has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling policy and infrastructure bottlenecks to trade in Tanzania and the rest of East African region. The visiting US Secretary of Treasury, Jacob Lew made the revelation on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam at a Business Roundtable meeting hosted by the American Chamber. He […]

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What is your business growth plan. Consider East Africa
November 4 | east africa investment | 940 views | 0 Comments

What is your plan for the growth of your business?  Whether you are located in East Africa, or outside of East Africa, opportunities to develop and grow your business abound in the region. With strategic planning, you can tap into markets, products & services in a region that is ripe for growth, development & investment. […]

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IMPACTING EAST: Tourism Falling Off in Africa, Far Beyond the Ebola Zone
November 3 | east africa investment | 747 views | 0 Comments

By Andrea Stone for National Geographic At first, the travel agent couldn’t believe it. Thirty members of an extended family from Long Island, New York, had booked an African safari for July 2015. The cost: $197,000. Then, the Ebola epidemic. Panicked, the family recently decided to delay the trip until 2016. Even though their destination, […]

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Africa’s oil and gas potential: Boom or hype?
September 23 | east africa investment | 899 views | 0 Comments

By Alex Vines: (CNN) — Africa’s oil and gas potential will grow significantly over the next two decades, driven by population growth, urbanization and the emergence of a wealthier middle class on the continent. Six of the top 10 global discoveries in the oil and gas sector in 2013 were made in Africa, with more than 500 […]

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Africa needs to diversify its economy
September 8 | east africa investment | 1,073 views | 0 Comments

By: Jeff Nemeth Investor enthusiasm for Africa is gaining traction. As the home to two economic powerhouses, the continent offers growth and the opportunity of lucrative return on investment. In the past, Africa’s economic growth was primarily driven through extractive enterprises. But in the past decade success from manufacturing, agriculture and natural resources has shown […]

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Unlocking African Potential Faster
September 1 | east africa investment | 599 views | 0 Comments

By Elliot Holley NAIROBI, Kenya – The potential of new technologies to transform financial services in Africa has long been heralded by the likes of Kenya’s M-Pesa and others.  But services for corporates have remained relatively underserved – until now. From the sands of the Sahara in the north to the Limpopo river which marks […]

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Africa’s ICT Challenge No Quick Fix
August 14 | east africa investment | 885 views | 0 Comments

VENTURES AFRICA – One of the big ups for Africa from the recently concluded US-Africa summit was the budding attention and interest of foreign investors on partnering with African companies and businesses exampled by business deals like Dangote’s $5 billion deal with two of America’s largest private equity firms- Blackstone and Carlyle. Foreign investments in Africa have […]

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Farming output holds key to African progress
August 4 | east africa investment | 923 views | 0 Comments

The recent African Union (AU) summit in Equatorial Guinea concluded with a “unanimous” call for agricultural transformation to drive development in Africa. Heads of state and other African leaders called for increased investment in agriculture, new technology, better access to land and inputs, and peace and security to allow markets to expand unhindered. We strongly […]

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Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa drives hunger for luxury goods
July 25 | east africa investment | 537 views | 0 Comments

By Zeenat Moorad | Sub-Saharan Africa is a promising market for luxury goods as urbanisation, economic development and increased affluence among the rising middle class drive growth across the sector. The region is experiencing the second-fastest economic growth, after Asia-Pacific, and between 2008 and last year the luxury goods sector grew 35%, the Global Powers […]

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African equities cause investors to rub hands
July 14 | east africa investment | 883 views | 0 Comments

By Admassu Tadesse | LONDON, Uk – Last year, Africa became the most popular destination for private equity according to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. Africa came ahead of Brazil, Russia, India and China and in 2012, Africa was ranked the fifth most popular. Transaction values have doubled year-on-year, rising to $3.2 billion in […]

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Tanzania set to be one of Africa’s top cement producers
July 1 | east africa investment | 1,688 views | 0 Comments

By Sebastian Mrindoko | Cement production is becoming an important manufacturing activity that would contribute immensely to Tanzania’s economic growth, in terms of exports and job creation. The cement industry has of late seen more key players coming in, the move that would lead to increased production to make the country the largest cement producer […]

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Kenya’s new hotels and restaurants creating opportunities for interior contractors
June 26 | east africa investment | 871 views | 0 Comments

By Dinfin Mulupi | The growing number of hotel and restaurant brands opening up in Kenya are creating opportunities for other businesses, ranging from food production to private security. In 2013, US hotel chains Hemingways and Best Western, as well as Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group Kempinski, launched new properties in the capital Nairobi. The […]

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Four things you should know about agriculture and food in Africa
June 23 | east africa investment | 921 views | 0 Comments

By Kate Douglas | The World Bank estimates that Africa holds 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land. Coupled with a youthful workforce and water resources, the potential for agribusiness in Africa cannot be ignored. This week, the 24th annual International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum and Symposium, held in Cape Town, […]

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More Believers Join Africa’s Off-Grid Energy Revolution
June 19 | east africa investment | 1,161 views | 0 Comments

By D.A. Barber | Everyone from local entrepreneurs to a new United States government program are jumping on Africa’s off-grid energy revolution bandwagon. “It has everything to do with serving a new generation of technology and new approaches to delivering energy to rural communities. But we’re not just looking at individual solar panels on people’s […]

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What it takes to be a successful industrialist in Africa
June 17 | east africa investment | 4,036 views | 0 Comments

By Dinfin Mulupi | Proponents of manufacturing say the sector is a great opportunity for Africa to industrialise and provide jobs to millions of unemployed. Value-added manufacturing currently accounts for only a small proportion of GDP in most sub-Saharan African countries, where resources are often exported in raw form for further processing abroad. Some economists […]

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Liquid Telecom Completes East Africa Fibre Ring
June 16 | east africa investment | 784 views | 0 Comments

Liquid Telecom has completed its build of the East Africa Fibre Ring. The fibre ring now connects into Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and back into Kenya; creating the first fully redundant regional fibre ring, connecting these countries to each other and the rest of the world. The completion of the project is expected to ensure […]

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This is why IBM is interested in Africa
June 12 | east africa investment | 879 views | 0 Comments

By Adam Lashinsky | IBM has a new R&D lab in Kenya and offices in Angola, Mauritius, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria. Why all the investment? Global Business Services chief Bridget van Kralingen explains. On research + consulting What happened in the past is that you’d really co-work with research on one-off projects. But what […]

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Dar es Salaam to become fourth wireless internet city in East Africa
June 11 | east africa investment | 877 views | 0 Comments

By Kevin Mwanza | Tanzania’s capital city Dar es Salaam will become the fourth city in east Africa to launch a free internet zone service that will help increase innovation among the country’s youth and improve public service delivery. Dar es Salaam will join other cities in the region like Kigali in Rwanda, Kisumu and […]

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Tanzania: Grow Africa Sees Local Agribusiness Improving
June 9 | east africa investment | 730 views | 0 Comments

By Linda Larbie | Local agriculture sector in Tanzania has been growing at an average of 3.4 per cent creating 1,040 jobs directly with an investment of 29 million US dollars by the private sector, Grow Africa’s latest annual report has said. The report said 16 letters of intent were signed by private companies and […]

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Introducing our Access East Program (AEP)
June 6 | east africa investment | 617 views | 0 Comments

We are so pleased to introduce our Access East Program, a targeted program created for companies and investors that are looking to explore first hand the options that are available in East Africa. Millions of dollars are spent every year by companies who are seeking opportunities for investment and business expansion across East Africa. It is […]

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British Billionaire David Sainsbury Launches African Investment Company
June 2 | east africa investment | 926 views | 0 Comments

By: Mfonobong Nsehe British retail billionaire Lord Davd Sainsbury has reportedly set up an investment vehicle to invest soley in East African businesses. According to a report by Kenyan newspaper Business Daily, Lord Sainsbury’s new investment company, called Msingi (which is derived from a Swahili word meaning ‘Foundation’), will invest in East African startups that have high growth […]

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On the ground knowledge critical to expansion, says hotel group boss
May 23 | east africa investment | 913 views | 0 Comments

By Dinfin Mulupi| Companies pursuing regional expansion in Africa need to have a good understanding of the markets in which they want to operate. Stuart Cook, managing director of Protea Hotels East Africa, says it is critical to be on the ground to get a good grasp of the local business culture as opposed to […]

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Investors warned that East African Community is not a single market
May 21 | east africa investment | 926 views | 0 Comments

By Dinfin Mulupi | East Africa is increasingly emerging as an attractive investment destination partly because of the economic integration of five states bringing together more than 130m people, vast amounts of natural resources and agricultural land. The East Africa Community (EAC), a federation of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, has eased the movement of goods and people across […]

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The 10 African Cities Poised for Take-off!
May 20 | east africa investment | 1,086 views | 0 Comments

By Mark Bradford | Africa is on the move – economic growth is robust, foreign investment is growing and its expanding urban middle classes are creating an internal market of global scale. The continent is actively harnessing its natural resources, but Africa is not just about the commodities boom: growth in manufacturing, technology and telecoms, […]

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How multinationals have seized the African opportunity
May 20 | east africa investment | 1,308 views | 0 Comments

By Dinfin Mulupi | Africa is still viewed by a large number of potential foreign investors as a high risk destination. The 2014 EY Africa Attractiveness Survey indicates that Africa’s standing as an investment destination is improving, but those with no business presence on the continent continue to view Africa as the world’s least attractive […]

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Forum Pools U.S.$68 Billion for Investment in Africa
May 16 | east africa investment | 2,246 views | 1 Comments

By Linda Larbie | The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) ended in Abuja Friday; with the organisers announcing that it had pooled $68 billion during the three-day event, for investment in health care, agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and other sectors of the African economy. A Managing Director of WEF, Mr. Phillip Rosler, who gave […]

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Three key themes for the future of investment in Africa
May 12 | east africa investment | 629 views | 0 Comments

By : Anthony Thunstrom         By:Anthony Thunstrom As recently as two years ago, a typical conversation with a multi-national company wanting to invest in Africa would be peppered with questions around corruption, political stability and sustainability – all reflecting a weight of negative stereotypes that we seemed unable to shake off. These questions […]

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Retail industry in Africa offers huge potential
May 8 | east africa investment | 649 views | 0 Comments

By Linda Larbie Retail expansion is key to DHL Express’ Africa business strategy. This is according to Sumesh Rahavendra, Head of Marketing for DHL Express, sub-Saharan Africa. The recently released A.T. Kearney African Retail Development Index further validated the company’s plans as it ranked the top-10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa for retail expansion and highlighted […]

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Five Questions Answered on Africa’s Rising Economic Growth
May 6 | east africa investment | 1,035 views | 0 Comments

By Amadou Sy There has been a lot of talk about Africa’s rising economic prosperity and whether it is sustainable and deeply rooted in reducing extreme poverty across the continent. So, I sat down to answer some basic fundamental questions that I often get asked about Africa’s growth and development. Why does Africa show the […]

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Africa is open for business
May 5 | east africa investment | 1,195 views | 0 Comments
10 things you didn’t know about Africa’s economy
May 2 | east africa investment | 1,188 views | 0 Comments

By: Susan Lind 1. Africa is booming Africa has been the second-fastest-growing region in the world over the past 10 years, with average annual growth of 5.1 per cent over the past decade, driven by greater political stability and economic reforms that have unleashed the private sector in many countries. Poverty is also on the […]

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Conference: Construction and Buildings in East Africa
April 29 | east africa investment | 955 views | 0 Comments

Are you considering expanding your business into East Africa? Are you capitalizing on the opportunities to invest in the construction and building sector in the region?  If your answer is yes, then the BuildExpo 2014 is where you need to be.  We invite you to participate in the 17th BuildExpo international trade exhibition to be […]

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Growth prospects in East Africa appeal to International Hoteliers appetite
April 23 | east africa investment | 833 views | 0 Comments

BY ZEENAT MOORAD, INTERNATIONAL hotel groups are turning their attention to sub-Saharan Africa‚ as economic growth boosts business and leisure travel on the continent. Hospitality development has become a pivotal strategy for hoteliers including Marriott International, Kempinski, Carlson Rezidor and InterContinental Hotels Group. This is as an undersupply of quality hotels fuels the growth to cater […]

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High returns from consumer goods, driven by Africa’s rapidly expanding middle class
April 16 | east africa investment | 868 views | 0 Comments

BY STAFF WRITER Africa has the world’s fastest-growing population and is projected to account for more than 40% of the global population growth in 2030. With these numbers, continued improved GDP growth, rising national income, and subsequently rising household incomes and purchasing power will bring super demand-supply and create immense opportunities on the continent for investors. […]

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Five business strategies to increase your success in Africa
April 9 | east africa investment | 994 views | 0 Comments

BY HARNET BOKREZION As an Africa business coach I have come across a recurring problem: ad hoc decisions driven by immediate gratification win over long-term strategic goals. In short, as Africans we make widely emotional decisions when we plan and start our Africa businesses and that usually compromises the competitiveness of our ventures. Africa presents an […]

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East African Community – An Investor Magnet
April 2 | east africa investment | 1,023 views | 0 Comments

With five countries, 145m people and an annual GDP of US$110bn, the East African Community (EAC) makes a tidy bloc. And while the newsflow surrounding better-known African investor narratives – such as those in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana – has turned cautious, there is mounting optimism when it comes to the EAC. The EAC […]

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Top 10 questions you should answer before investing in global business expansion
March 27 | east africa investment | 732 views | 0 Comments

  The first step in your successful global business expansion efforts is understanding the market in which you wish to expand. Your business can not successfully position your product or service in a new global market, without fully understanding key points surrounding the expansion. Global Partner Solutions Ltd. will not move forward in sourcing expansion […]

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Rwanda ranked Africa’s most enticing market for retailer
March 24 | east africa investment | 596 views | 0 Comments

Rwanda’s impressive economic recovery has now placed them in a key position for global investment. Global Partner Solutions has the expertise to align your company with opportunities in Rwanda.    By Tiisetso Motsoeneng JOHANNESBURG, March 17 (Reuters) – Rwanda is Africa’s most attractive market for retailers looking to expand in the fast-growing continent, according to […]

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Africa’s rich diversity is a challenge to business
March 18 | east africa investment | 903 views | 0 Comments

    Global Partner Solutions Ltd understands the market entry challenges into East Africa better than anyone in the region. The article below highlights certain challenges that our clients face. We have come up with solutions that allow our clients to understand the challenges and then carefully select a solution that works best for them […]

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We are expanding our team! Join a dynamic group of professionals
March 17 | east africa investment | 536 views | 0 Comments

THE COMPANY Our office in Dar es Salaam is seeking a motivated, and energetic Associate. You will provide full support to the Director of the company.  PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES Assisting with client management &  new client sourcing Proposal writing Sales and Marketing responsibilities Navigation of the internet and Social Media General administrative duties, including: troubleshooting inquires, […]

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Turkey boosts bridges with East African economies
March 13 | east africa investment | 925 views | 0 Comments

      Turkey’s business community has found new markets and new opportunities in recent years by establishing quality relationships in East Africa. Business leaders had the chance to make further connections last month as the Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) played host to the Turkey-East Africa Trade Bridge 2014, a three-day […]

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Uganda is open for business – Seeking Indian Investors and Expertise
March 12 | east africa investment | 679 views | 0 Comments

Uganda is seeking Indian investments and expertise in expanding its industrial base and is ready to provide India Inc. a gateway to the 150 million people-strong East Africa market. “Our government is inviting Indian investors into Uganda and we would very much like them to come and see what they can do there,” Uganda’s Finance, […]

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Private equity firm explains why it is backing the East African growth story
March 2 | east africa investment | 957 views | 0 Comments

Global Partner Solutions Ltd is here to answer many of the important questions that this article addresses. Private equity firm explains why it is backing the East African growth story “The macro story in East Africa echoes that of Africa, but more so and that makes it a relatively more attractive region,” says Catalyst Principal […]

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Indian company seeking Liquefied Natural Gas vendors in East Africa
February 26 | east africa investment | 936 views | 0 Comments

GAIL (India) Ltd is seeking Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from East African producers to diversify its supply sources, a senior company official told PTI here today. “We are trying to spread our portfolio of LNG supplies geographically and indices wise (and) we are looking at the East African suppliers, company’s Marketing Director Prabhat Singh said […]

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US gives $25million for improving regional trade in East Africa
February 17 | east africa investment | 541 views | 0 Comments

          Cited: http://www.busiweek.com/index1.php?Ctp=2&pI=580&pLv=3&srI=67&spI=120&cI=15 US gives $25million for improving regional trade DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – The United States government has signed a cooperative agreement with TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) worth $25million signifying partnership with President President Barack Obama’s Trade African Initiative. The signing took place recently in Nairobi Kenya between the […]

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