Monthly Archives: August 2015

More people or better systems?

Aug 31, 2015 | | Say something

It seems natural to ascertain the size or success of a company by the number of staff they have. I for one have also believed in this fallacy for a long time. Years of business, reading and self-development have thought me that this can be very far from the truth. Would you rather have more people […more]

FlyAfrica.com, a low cost airline made in Africa

Aug 30, 2015 | | Say something

As announced during the New York Africa forum a few days ago, FlyAfrica.com will start operating from Libreville on its expansion to Central and West Africa. This low cost airline came into existence just a little more than a year ago in South Africa. It is a fact that flying within Africa is extremely expensive, […more]

Business in Africa getting riskier?

Aug 29, 2015 | | Say something

One would have thought that with time, it would get easier and less riskier to do business on the African continent. This article on a PWC survey on business risk in Africa says otherwise… It is a fact that the speed of improvement of the business environment in Africa is disheartening. The Politics are moving […more]

Chinese product trade fair in West Africa

Aug 28, 2015 | | Say something

This fair is at its 7th edition and currently being held in Cotonou, Benin. When it comes to promoting its companies and helping them get new markets, there are few countries that are as active as China. Whenever I am in Tanzania it seems there is a Chinese trade fair going on. If you happen […more]

Industrialization key to long term development in Africa

Aug 27, 2015 | | Say something

80 percent. That is the percentage of Chinese imports from Africa that are oil and mineral products. The same percentage applies to exports from Africa to the US that is made of the same natural resources. For all the talk of growing trade between Africa and China (or Africa and the US), at the end […more]

The Agoa Forum 2015 starts in Gabon

Aug 26, 2015 | | Say something

Gabon is the first central African country to host the African Growht and Opportunity Act forum. This year edition has started two days ago (August 24th) in Libreville and will take place through August 27th. You can learn more about the AGOA at the bureau of African Affairs section of the US Department of State website. […more]

United front to grow tourism in East Africa

Aug 25, 2015 | | Say something

Based on this article on AllAfrica.com, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania will soon launch a campaign to promote the region as a single tourist destination. This makes sense. Instead of each country using its resources to promote itself, combining forces will mean a higher marketing budget and a stronger impact. Travel agencies can also come […more]

Simba Money is now AfricanEntrepreneur.com

Aug 24, 2015 | | Say something

As you can see now the site url has changed from simbamoney.com to africanentrepreneur.com; two main reasons motivate this decision 1-The name Simba Money is very close to a money transfer service in Kenya/East Africa and as such, in the long term, it would be a challenge to brand the site as a business blog […more]

Innovation Africa conference 2015

Aug 23, 2015 | | Say something

Innovation Africa, an education and Technology summit held annually, will take place this year in Uganda. The dates are from September 30th to October 2nd. Ministers of over 20 African countries have confirmed their attendance. More details about this conference are available at the official website

Business tips from Bright Simons

Aug 22, 2015 | | Say something

Great article at howwemadeitinafrica.com with  eight tips from Ghanaian entrepreneur Bright Simons. Point 7, Don’t rely on venture capital, strikes a cord as it seems across the continent there is an emergence of new startups, especially in the ICT field, that seems to be built around the prospects of attracting venture capital, following the Silicon Valley […more]