Emerging Markets Outlook Blog

Analysis and comment on economic and political events affecting the business environment in emerging and frontier markets

Old Dictators Never Fade Away

Congo Brazzaville dictator Denis Sassou Nguesso, just re-elected for a sixth term, is typical of the genre, an old, and immensely wealthy, dictator who won’t just fade away

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Dar es Salaam and Not-so Rapid Transit

Dar es Salaam has built a new rapid bus transit system, but without an intelligent approach to pricing the buses will never run.

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Ethiopia: a magnet for investment in agriculture

Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency is leading a revolution in African Agriculture

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Africa: The Answer to Global Food Security

Africa may hold the answer to the challenge of feeding the planet, and the collapse in oil prices creates a new opportunity to invest in African agribusiness

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African Business Success is a Long-term Proposition

Impressive returns may await those who approach Africa with a long-term view

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Clever Consultants Misunderstanding Africa…Again

An elite consulting firm, BCG, once again gets Africa wrong. The challenges multinationals face doing business in Africa are similar to those they face in any foreign environment.

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Indonesia’s “Fragile” Religious Peace Is Stronger than it Appears

Indonesia’s religious peace has resisted Saudi influence to remain stronger and more tolerant than many in the West fear.

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The Magnanimity of Despots and the Fall of the House of Bongo

Ali Bongo has just promised to give a tiny sliver of his fortune to the people of Gabon. It is probably too little, too late.

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Cecil the Lion and Zimbabwe’s Tragedy

The killing of Cecil the Lion was a senseless act, but far worse are the murders, political oppression, hunger, and economic devastation inflicted by Robert Mugabe’s government on the people of Zimbabwe

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