Candel eyes Lekki advantage

Nigerian agrochemical business Candel is intending to use the Lekki Free Zone as a way to move beyond West Africa and become a player on the world stage.


A Polish connection: all roads lead to Opole

The small Polish city of Opole has landed some large investors, particularly in the food processing sector. Michal Kaczmarski looks at how it uses its excellent road connections to punch above its weight.


Ukraine agriculture minister looks to sow the seeds of economic growth

Oleksiy Pavlenko, Ukraine's minister of agriculture, is bringing about reform to the sector through a bout of privatisations and a simplification of the licence system. The private sector is responding to this positively, as Karen E Thuermer found out when she caught up with Mr Pavlenko at the US-Ukraine Investment Forum in July.


Mali aims for bumper crop in agribusiness sector

Mali's potential in the agribusiness sector is huge, and the country's government is looking to areas such as rice, sugar, cotton, fruit and vegetables, and livestock to boost its economy.

Eurotorg checks out new markets

Eurotorg checks out new markets

Eurotorg has expanded rapidly in the past few years, growing from a small, local grocery chain into an international operation, with stores in three countries as well as an online service. Its challenge now is to maintain this momentum over the long term.

Arkadiusz Bak

A little effort: why Poland's small cities should not be bypassed

Arkadiusz Bak of Poland’s ministry of economy explains why some of the country’s smaller cities should not be overlooked by foreign investors, but stresses that these locations also have to take a more proactive approach to FDI.

Vivian Imerman

Ethiopia takes the biscuit: Vasari's latest African venture

Vasari Global is seeking to tap into growing consumer demand in Ethiopia with a new $150m biscuit and pasta plant. And as the company's chairman explains, it is looking to become a byword for quality throughout Africa.


Mipim's smaller cities stake their claim

Annual real estate fair Mipim showcases hot investment cities from around the world. But it is also an opportunity for smaller cities and towns to make themselves known. Courtney Fingar and Michal Kaczmarski talk to representatives from locations in Serbia, Poland and Norway about their strategies to stand out from the crowd.


Mars finds its sweet spot in Egypt

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. 

SAB Miller aims for the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ in Africa

SAB Miller, the world’s second largest brewing company, will adopt a new strategy targeting low income consumers in Africa.

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