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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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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Are the Chinese doing damage in Africa?

In The Manzella Report’s “Insider Experts” video series, John Manzella interviews Chip Krakoff who has worked in 30 African countries and knows a thing or two about the continent.

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Landing an Airbus in the Jungle

I can recall when taking a flight in Africa would almost always give you a funny or hair-raising story to tell, even though paved runways were already standard issue in airports throughout the continent, but traveling around Africa is now pretty boring, which is a good thing.

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Dealing with Nigeria’s Jihadist Threat

About 10 days ago I sat at breakfast in Lomé, the capital of Togo, a sliver of a country in West Africa, watching French TV news of the capture, and what turned out to be false reports of the liberation, of seven French tourists in northern Cameroon by the Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram. It was hard not to feel concerned about the future of this part of the world.

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Hillary’s African Safari: Where Idealism and Realism Collide

It must come as some reassurance to Mitt Romney that he is not the only would-be President who says remarkably silly things while visiting foreign lands. Last month Hillary Clinton, on a tour of sub-Saharan Africa, delivered a speech in Senegal in which she said that the United States would stand up for democracy and universal human rights “even when it might be easier or more profitable to look the other way, to keep the resources flowing.” In a barely veiled dig at China, she added, “Not every partner makes that choice, but we do and we will.”

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Frontier Markets: Out of the Shadows

Here is a great article on the appeal – and the risks – to investors in frontier markets. The article makes the critical point that the frontier markets universe extends far beyond the 25 countries included in the MSCI Frontier Markets Index. This means, though, that getting into these markets is likely to be more challenging, especially for individual investors, since many of the most attractive opportunities are likely to be in non-listed companies, whether through direct investment or over-the-counter share purchases.

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New Frontiers: The Rush to Invest in Frontier Markets

If any event could illustrate the fragility of the BRICS conceit, it is the recent blackout in India, which left as many as 600 million people without power for up to two days. More than anything else, it reveals the sorry state of India’s governance.

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