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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Nigeria: Taking the long term view and looking past the current economic down cycle

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Arriving in Nigeria’s bustling city of Lagos on Monday evening seemed like an anomaly. Disembarking from the plane at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport through to immigration clearance was a fairly seamless process. Surprisingly, the drive from the airport to the Maison Fahrenheit Hotel in Victoria Island also felt shorter than normal without the city’s […]

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