Over the past 15 years, global food giant Mars has enjoyed phenomenal success in the Egyptian market, not only meeting domestic demand but also using it as a base to export to other countries in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent.
A low oil price and uncertainty over future exploration projects – with existing oil fields rapidly drying up – is threatening to tip the Angolan current account from surplus to deficit this year, and is raising questions about the future of its oil-reliant economy.
As Sierra Leone copes with the setback of a new mortality from Ebola, the country’s finance minister has singled out isolation by international airlines as the biggest obstacle to economic recovery.
Investment into Africa's software and IT services sector has experienced a year-on-year decline between 2011 and 2014.
After more than a century in business, Ursus, a Polish agricultural machinery manufacturer, was on its last legs in 2011. Chief executive Karol Zarajczyk tells Michal Kaczmarski how his company went from nearly perishing to selling a $90m contract.
The Seychelles is not only an idyllic tourist destination, it is also an increasingly attractive location in which to do business, thanks to its impressive IT infrastructure, high literacy rates and favourable tax policies.
SMEs are the lifeblood of any economy, but, as demonstrated in the UAE, even the most well-meaning of policies to encourage their growth can miss the target.
Poland is keen to tap investment opportunities in Algeria’s growing economy and foster bilateral trade, although limitations remain.
Over the last two years, Egypt has made efforts to rehabilitate its political image as an African rather than a solely Arab state. That sales pitch appears be working to deepen economic ties with its sub-Saharan neighbours.
Mauritius is promoting investment in healthcare in an attempt to position itself as a medical hub at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa.
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