Africa in 2014

January/February 2014 Contents spread imageOur January/February 2014 edition assesses Africa in the round.  f The African Business Review provides a general assessment of Africa’s outlook in 2014. In true TABR fashion, we remain committed to you, our readers, and continue to provide crucial information, analysis and review of African markets and the trade, business and investment environment. (read more…)




Africa: Rising from the burden of deficits As of 2009, the UN has reported that Frontier Markets represented 17 of the 20 fastest growing economies in terms of average annual GDP growth. For several frontier countries [...]


Carlos Lopes: New brand of Africa emerging
Carlos Lopes at the Yale African Development Colloquium on Monday,  said a new brand of Africa is emerging; “one that exudes confidence, attractiveness for investments and that has considerably [...]

Why energy efficiency makes perfect business sense
A fundamental risk to economic development lies in expanding use of scarce natural resources, combined with the planet’s ability to cope with the multiple impacts of their use. From this situation, a golden age of sustainability lies in waiting [...]

Investing in emerging markets in Sub-Saharan Africa and corporate social responsibility; case study, Ghana
There is clear evidence that investments in sub-Saharan Africa are now boasting some of the highest rates of return in the world. Based on foreign direct investment and non-performing loan data [...]

Peace is good for business – entrepreneurship and violent conflict in Africa Arms flows to sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) are small, at only 1.5 % of the total volume of global arms transfer according to the most recent figures from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Yet even [...]

A closer look at Nigeria’s economic performance
Just how well is the Nigerian Economy performing? In the absence of a holistic report articulating the economic performance of Nigeria, no one could claim to know. There are only a lot of partial views on different aspects of the [...]

Has recent Sub-Saharan African growth translated into improved living conditions for ordinary Africans?
High rates of growth reported in many Sub-Saharan African countries raises concerns about living standards for ordinary African people, with many reporting shortages of [...]

Opportunities for luxury entrepreneurship in China
In this article, Klaus Heine, Professor of Luxury Management at EMLYON Business School discusses new opportunities for entrepreneurs in the luxury segment. Major drivers for luxury entrepreneurship include [...]

From the pit to the market: Sierra Leonean diamonds
Sierra Leone is endowed with large deposits of rich natural resources. Its mineral sector has been seen as key to the future stability and sustainable development of the country. The adoption of a mining policy that accords with internationally recognised best [...]

Aké Arts and Books Festival – The shadow of memory
Aké Arts and Books Festival in Abeokuta, in the south west of Nigeria, between 19 and 24 November 2013. With drama, film, poetry, art exhibition, readings, panel discussions and a book fair on offer, the festival had something for everyone [...]

Financing Africa’s infrastructure gap
Africa suffers from a critical shortage of infrastructure. Its infrastructure coverage lags behind other developing countries, with power deficits presenting the biggest infrastructure challenge. The infrastructure deficit prevents Africa from reaching its full economic potential [...]

The bid for developing quality leaders in African countries
Dr. Senyo Ajibolosoo, the originator of the human factor perspective on international development theory and practice, makes the case for the need to pursue a human factor-based transformational development education (TDE) program to cultivate honest and compassionate[...]

Strengthening the African banking sector: How development finance institutions can help
The African banking sector has been growing strongly for several years now – and yet it still remains relatively under-developed, both in comparison with other regions of the world and also in relation to the size of the continent’s economies. Small, fragmented and [...]

Does foreign aid make economic sense?
Foreign aid is often seen as different from other forms of investment, and some argue that rather than having a positive effect it tends to distort economies and may potentially slow growth and development. In this article, the author argues that this is not the case and cites [...]

How China can better contribute to Africa’s business development
China’s growing exposure to Africa has been driven by a combination of economic, geopolitical, and developmental objectives. In this article, the authors briefly review China’s current relationships with African economies and suggest ways in which Sino-African links can be [...]

Managing financial sector crisis in Nigeria through AMCON
This paper examines the recent banking sector crises in Nigeria and chronicles the attempts by the monetary authorities to tackle the problem especially through the establishment of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria. The Nigerian model of AMCON [...]

Sustainable business practices: Taking uncertainty out of enterprise risk
In this article, the authors discuss the advantages of a business approach that integrates sustainable business practices, which allow organizations to limit their exposure to potential risk whilst managing for improved performance [...]

Growth of regional banks in Africa
Over the last five years Africa has witnessed a growing trend for Africa’s home-grown banking groups to extend their franchises beyond their own borders, with about 15 of them already exploring new territories [...]