Tag: Africa Media

African countries need reliable and accessible economic data: recent ratings show why

Botswana retained its rating because of its strong case about fiscal strategy, institutional strength, and prudent policymaking ShutterstockA number of African countries have recently been contesting decisions by credit rating agencies. Some have raised objections that the rating agencies lack understanding of their economic environment. Others have challenged the correctness of their ratings on the basis that the agencies had not discussed them with the country’s representatives. ...

Zimbabwe’s restrictions on mobile money transfers are a blow to financial inclusion

Closed mobile money kiosk Tampiwa Mahari/ Great Gatsby Photography, Author providedMobile financial services are, in most African countries, born out of crises. に 2011, Zimbabwe had gone through a volatile decade of economic crises – hyperinflation, currency instability and a collapse of the formal financial system. Consumers, mostly employed in the informal sector, had a widespread mistrust of the formal banking system. In came Econet, a major mobile...

Here’s why South Africa and its neighbours are anxious about EU and UK post-Brexit trade talks

EU and UK are major markets for South African exports, including vehicles ShutterstockAs the deadline for the post-Brexit trade talks between the European Union (私) and the United Kingdom (英国) looms, concerns have arisen as to whether the two parties will be able to conclude a deal. In terms of the Brexit divorce agreement, the UK is expected to leave the EU single market and customs union on...

Advertising campaigns: what you don’t see

a d k The advertising and media industry, like many, have taken a hit from the Covid-19 pandemic. But, unlike a host of others, it’s been fragile for a number of years. Global advertising spend is forecasted to fall by 9.1% 沿って 2021. Advertising agencies are faced with shorter consumer attention spans, plummeting budgets, an ever-evolving media channel dynamic and the pressure to deliver faster than ever before....

How Nigeria’s new competition law will benefit the economyand what to watch for

An unregulated economy leaves the economically disadvantaged at the mercy of the rich and powerful Novikov Aleksey/Shutterstock Competition laws protect consumers and create confidence in an economy. It’s a signal to investors and entrepreneurs that a market is fair and open. And the reward for countries that regulate competition is that on average they produce more value per capita than others. In Nigeria the competition law regime has...

Why more Ugandan farmers aren’t adopting drought tolerant maize

A farmer inspects his maize in Uganda. Photo by: Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesMaize is one of the most important cereal crops in Uganda. In particular, smallholder farmers rely on it for food and as a cash crop. They also grow it as an important export crop. Over the years, total maize production in Uganda has gradually increased, from roughly 800,000 tonnes in 2000 に 2,575,000 tonnes...

Small and medium growers and innovation are key to South Africa’s citrus export growth

ShutterstockWhile COVID-19 has disrupted many industries, the citrus industry in South Africa has emerged resilient, with strong demand in export markets and strong potential beyond the crisis. To tap this growth potential requires complementary public investment in ports and irrigation infrastructure, and technical capacity to negotiate access to wider export markets on favourable conditions. Demand for citrus in international markets has boomed under COVID-19 and prices have increased....

Why Kenya’s urban poor are exploited by informal water markets

Residents of Kibera slum carry jerrycans to fill them with water from a bowser. Gordwin Odhiambo/AFP via Getty ImagesInformal urban water markets – as opposed to piped water – have long supported many of Kenya’s urban areas. Those that use them are either unserved, or inadequately served, by public utilities. A large number of people depend on them as only about 20% of the Nairobi residents who live...
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