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eAfrica, Volume 2, February 2004 IT TAKES on average 4.3 days to satisfy the regulatory requirements to start a business in North America, according to the World Bank. In Africa, it takes 69.5 days.
eAfrica, Volume 2, February 2004 WE BEGAN this study with the question: How should Africa choose between its many needs, given limited financial resources, and to what extent should business imperatives influence the setting of development priorities? Our research, and the other studies we consulted for this report, identified two consistent themes: Get the basics right and focus on programmes that spur growth.
eAfrica, Volume 2, February 2004 Commonwealth Business Environment Survey 2003: ‘The top three perceived barriers to investment, as ranked by private-sector respondents in both developed and developing countries, were: corruption; policy instability; and inadequate infrastructure.’
eAfrica, Volume 2, February 2004 Doing Business in 2004: Understanding Regulation, a collaboration by the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and Oxford University. This extensive new study examined the quality of governance and regulation in 130 countries and the impact particularly on smaller, domestic companies previously overlooked by past research.
eAfrica, Volume 2, February 2004 THE New Partnership for Africa’s Development offers a coherent outline of the many interconnected problems that must be solved to develop the continent. But it lacks one critical thing: clear priorities.
eAfrica, Volume 2, February 2004 NOT even 20 years ago, the route from Nairobi to Nakuru in Kenya rolled seamlessly out across the great Rift Valley, ensuring smooth passage for people and goods moving westward toward Uganda. Today that road, and many other arterial carriage-ways that stitch together the economic hubs of East Africa, are not so much gleaming ribbons as frayed twine.
eAfrica Volume 2, July 2004 African politicians urge investment, but corporate captains want stability, accountability first
eAfrica Volume 2, July 2004 But study highlights constructive ways to break continent's stubborn economic malaise
eAfrica Volume 2, July 2004   IN 1980, 133 million people living south of the Sahara faced constant malnutrition. Apparently, that wasn't enough to motivate Africa's leadership to promote reforms that would provide lasting food security on the continent. The succeeding years were punctuated by a series of heart-wrenching famines: Ethiopia in 1984; Somalia and southern Africa in 1992; Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi for the past three years running. The amount of food available per capita in Africa today is 3% lower than levels 15 years ago. Some 200 million Africans live with persistent hunger; 33 million of them are…
The Southern African Customs Union and the Chinese have entered into negotiations on a possible Free Trade Agreement (FTA). While the terms of such a pact remain undefined at this time, there is broad concern among business in Southern Africa that any short-term advantages an FTA might provide to Africa could be offset by detrimental longer-term effects due to the structural nature of the Chinese and African economies. James Lennox, outgoing CEO of the South African Chamber of Business, spoke with eAfrica about the ramifications such an agreement would have on South Africa's private sector.
AFTER years of stagnation, the continental economy shows signs of accelerating change, according to a variety of recently published research.The International Monetary Fund estimated that 30 African economies grew faster than 4% last year and the continent as a whole is expected to grow at a rate of 5.4% in 2005. That average is not just a statistical quirk influenced by the big economies. Five of the world's 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa, and an estimated 26 countries on the continent will exceed 5% growth in 2005, the IMF projects.
eAfrica, June 2005Lack of credit and underdeveloped financial services prevent growth in Africa, businesses say.FILLING the gap between street-level informal traders and the big corporations run by multinationals or the state, Africa's small and medium-sized firms could be the driver of jobs and economic growth. But an essential element is lacking: affordable credit.
eAfrica, June 2005AFRICAN banks are caught in a vicious cycle: lack of infrastructure and weak technology mean poor service and high costs. Few customers can access bank services, so savings levels remain low and businesses cannot borrow to expand.
eAfrica, June 2005Africa has the world's lowest savings rate, with little capital for banks to lend to grow productive enterprise. South Africa is changing the rules by bringing the poor into the banking system.
eAfrica, June 2005High taxes on drugs drive up health costs and block access to treatment for Africa's poor, says medical researcher Richard Tren
eAfrica, June 2005DEADLOCK over the election of a new president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) at last month's annual meeting threatens the bank's bid to become a major channel for the fresh aid to Africa as proposed by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and the New Partnership for Africa's Development.
eAfrica, June 2005A VARIETY of surveys and studies - by the World Bank, UN Conference on Trade and Development and by eAfrica last year - have noted that lack of credit blocks business growth in Africa. But conventional wisdom said little could be done.
On 1 November 2006 the EU-Africa Programme held an all-day conference that looked at, among others, the EU’s adoption of the Africa Strategy in 2005, and the decision in May 2006 to work with the AU to develop a joint EU-Africa strategy, which has energised the cooperation between the two bodies in developing strong partnerships. It also looked at the challenges a number of African countries face when it comes to creating a climate that can stimulate domestic and foreign investment into their economies. Below are some of the presentations from the 'Partnership for Growth and Development: Synergies between the…
eAfrica, August 2005To better manage public-private partnerships, the South African government set up a dedicated unit to control major deals in the national Treasury. eAfrica spoke to its director of business development, Kogan Pillay.
eAfrica, August 2005 PUBLIC-Private Partnerships have become a buzzword, but the current PPP model can never provide a rapid cure for Africa's development needs.
eAfrica, August 2005THE governments of Mozambique and South Africa signed a R3 billion, 30-year concession in 1996 for a private consortium, Trans-African Concessions (TRAC), to build and operate the N4 toll road from Witbank, South Africa to Maputo, Mozambique. After the 30 year period, the road reverts to the governments.
eAfrica, August 2005PUBLIC-private partnerships have been hailed as a new way to conduct state business and harness the funding and expertise of the private sector. But a new study shows they fail unless government plans well and fixes its chronic problems of non-transparent politically-manipulated procurement.
eAfrica, August 2005EXACTLY how should business relate to government? For much of the last half century the relationship has been rocky in Africa. Instead of pulling together to promote national champions, government and business often argue and accuse. Many governments see business as a cash cow or an exploiter to be restrained, regulated and forced to seek political approvals.
eAfrica, September 2005Innovative countries are starting to finance new projects through the Kyoto treaty, which allows industrialised nations to cut emissions by paying for pollution reduction in the South.
2005 has been declared the 'Year of Microcredit' by the UN, thus acknowledging the journey of microcredit from an obscure experiment in the mid-1970s to the status of a worldwide movement. The movement has captivated not just the entire development aid industry, but journalists, editorial writers, policy makers and much of the general public in both the North and the South.
In association with the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, ParisYou are cordially invited to the launch of the AfDB/OECD 2007 African Economic Outlook, with special reference to access to drinking water and sanitation.Presentations will be made by OECD economists, Federica Marzo on the AEO’s main macroeconomic findings, and Celine Kauffmann on the access to water and sanitation.
Developing Asia is moving up South Africa’s strategic agenda.  In recent months China and India have dominated the headlines as we move to commence free trade negotiations with them.  Those processes, particularly that with China, is proving contentious.  Partly in consequence, little attention has been paid to Southeast Asia.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008

What Could Be Eating Beijing?

To many casual observers, the Chinese economy is Herculean. Nothing will stop it growing, few can compete with its manufacturing prowess, and none exerts the same degree of leverage over the U.S. economy.Chinese leaders, however, are worried. They are concerned about their future in the global system, and perceive a variety of domestic dangers that could derail their 25-year-long growth miracle. What does Beijing sense that the rest of us cannot or do not want to see?
I HAVE travelled to many parts of the world and seen processes far worse than those that greet visitors to Johannesburg International Airport (JIA): Mumbai and Sao Paulo come to mind; New York is no picnic. But that doesn’t excuse our inadequacies. 2010 is an important consideration here but ultimately we need to get it right in our own best interests.
INDIAN interest in the South African economy is growing apace. Planned investments by Indian companies in SA over the coming years reportedly add up to billions of rands. The Tata Group is, or soon will be, active in vehicles, telecommunications, hotels and tourism, and ferrochrome.
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