UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 – deals, commitments and partnerships

The recent UK-Africa Investment summit took place on 20th January 2020 and aimed to lay the foundations for a stronger relationship between the UK and Africa. During the summit, we heard announcements of partnerships and initiatives to generate sustainable growth across the continent and stimulate mutually beneficial trade and investment. With all the various deals, […]

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Africa’s digital divide – Ocorian

Africa has witnessed the world’s fastest increase in e-connectivity in recent years. Yet, with only around a quarter of its population with internet access, Ocorian Directors John Félicité and Novan Maharahaje analyse why the continent’s digital divide could continue to expand whilst highlighting the role of private sector financing and corporate governance in helping to bridge the gap. Despite […]

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AfCFTA in 2020: Challenges ahead and keys to success

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) entered into force on 30 May 2019 after receiving approval from 54 out of the 55 African Union member states. The agreement, making Africa the largest global trading bloc since the establishment of the WTO in 1994, aims to boost intra-African trade, reduce dependency on foreign markets, and […]

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The keys to a successful fundraising for SMEs in West Africa

Several reasons explain why SMEs in Ghana and West Africa struggle to raise funding to finance their growth: many entrepreneurs have limited knowledge of fundraising options available to them and don’t know how to “sell” their investment opportunity to potential investors. Also, they are perceived as riskier than larger companies and have limited access to […]

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