A Pan-African free trade deal just came into force

While US-China trade tensions continue to escalate, Africa is quietly putting together a free trade agreement that spans the continent. The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) came into force on Thursday after clearing a key procedural hurdle and being ratified by the parliaments of 24 countries...

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Kenya: Nairobi Named Africa’s Business Destination as KICC Wins Conference Destination Award in WTA

Mauritius — Nairobi has been named Africa's Leading Business Travel Destination as the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) scooped a top award as Africa's Leading Meetings & Conference destination at this year's 26th Annual World Travel Award (WTA)...

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Here’s why Coach and Kate Spade’s CEO ‘gets excited’ about Africa’s growth prospects

The boss of Coach and Kate Spade's parent company expects Africa, not China, to be the focus of his children's careers over the next 20 to 40 years... Africa's population is projected to grow by more than 40% to 1.7 billion between now and 2030, according to the Africa Growth Initiative at The Brookings Institution...

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A new kind of company is revolutionising Africa’s gig economy

For more than 30 years, governments and international development organizations have followed the same recipe for formalising the world’s informal economy; enacting new legislation and regulations or abolishing those that get in the way of the process...

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Why Tech giants like Google and Microsoft are investing in Africa

What if you could tell what was wrong with your plant by simply hovering your smartphone over it?
Well, farmers in Africa now can.
Thanks to one of Google's many products, TensorFlow, rural farmers on the continent can diagnose diseased plants by taking a photo of it...

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Future of finance for small businesses in 2017

How we finance and manage our business in today’s South Africa is changing thanks to the increasingly important role of technology. Key developments in financial technologies are freeing small businesses and entrepreneurs...

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2017: the new forces shaping African investment

2016 has been an eventful year globally. Political and economic change and, to some extent, uncertainty became part of the landscape in much of Europe and the US. Notably, Britain voted to leave the European Union in June, and in November, the US voted to elect a President with a more insular focus on US interests...

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New ‘Aspiring Africa’ narrative fueled by technology growth

The ‘Africa Rising' narrative is increasingly giving way to that of ‘Aspiring Africa', as the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) shrinks and the new middle class burgeons.Central to this new narrative is inclusive growth: the idea that economic growth must come with equitable opportunities for all participants, with benefits enjoyed by every section of society...

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