Sustainability in Africa: Towards a New Energy Future

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Following the recently concluded World Economic Forum on Africa, in beautiful Kigali, Rwanda, I can’t help but share my thoughts on the ‘Towards a New Energy Future Session’. Watching the live stream from Nairobi, I had several “AHA!” moments, which left me inspired and optimistic about Africa’s energy future. In the next 35 years, power […]

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Africa must not be left behind! Creating the enabling environment for the 4th Industrial Revolution

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The WEF panels on the 4th Industrial Revolution, and Infrastructure Long-term Investing and Development featured some global heavy hitters both in the public and private sector. These amongst others included President Kagame of Rwanda, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Graça Machel Founder of the Foundation for Community Development (FDC), Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, President […]

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Africa Growth Story

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Given the recent news items – from the oil crisis and other resource price shocks, to lack of FX issues and increasing insecurity; one can’t help but ask the question – “Is Africa’s growth story over?” The McKinsey team led by their Partner Acha Leke sought to address this issue at their breakfast session entitled […]

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Closing Impressions: 2016 WEF Africa

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Why is Africa of growing importance to JLL? While different African economies are at different stages of development, the continent as a whole has broad parallels with Asia 30 years ago, just before its sustained growth phase. Now, as in Asia then, most major international corporations – and many early developers and investors – are […]

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Infrastructure Acceleration in Africa – How to un-bottle the bottle-necks

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I came out of a fascinating session at the WEF led by the Boston Consulting Group and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) titled “Driving Towards Implementation Accelerating Infrastructure along the North-South Corridor”. This effort was a response to the challenge issued by President Zuma and several leaders at last year’s WEF that the […]

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The Fragility of Perception

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As I am new to the African continent, having recently relocated from the Netherlands to Johannesburg, what an exciting and inspirational couple of months it has been. Attending the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda has been both an absolute highlight, privilege and a great learning experience. Listening to political, economic and industry leaders […]

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The rise of future cities in SSA – A Spotlight on Lagos

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The JLL research report “Globalisation and Competition: The New World Cities” defines Emerging World Cities as business and political capitals of large or medium-sized emerging economies that function as gateways for international firms, trade and investment. Some of the key characteristics of these cities include rapid urbanization, infrastructure development, increase in FDI’s, young and growing […]

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