Monthly Archives: August 2015

Cashing out on the real estate boom in Africa

Aug 21, 2015 | | Say something

If there is an industry that is bound to grow in leaps in the coming decade or more in Africa, it is real estate. Both commercial and residential real estate are hot sectors in all major African cities. From Dakar to Nairobi, from Lagos to Cairo, from Algiers to Johannesburg, the supply just cannot keep […more]

Africa Japan Business Investment Forum

Aug 20, 2015 | | Say something

It seems that every week there is a forum or conference about doing business or investing in Africa. The Africa Japan Business Investment Forum will be held from August 31st to September 2nd in Addis Ababa. This is a “high level” event that will see the participation of head of states and CEO of multi […more]

Maputo International Fair 2015

Aug 19, 2015 | | Say something

In about ten days the Maputo International Trade fair will start. This will be the 51st edition of this fair which is the largest of Mozambique. I am not able to attend this time but will definitely plan for next year edition, either as an exhibitor or at least as a visitor. To learn more about […more]

Used goods sites in Africa?

Aug 18, 2015 | | Say something

Probably due the average purchasing power in most African countries, purchasing second hands goods is quite popular. One typical example is buying a car, in many African countries used cars make a large majority of all vehicles sold as many just cannot afford the new models. With the increasing internet penetration and the growing popularity of ecommerce, one […more]

Competition is bad for business

Aug 17, 2015 | | Say something

Competition is usually considered good (and unavoidable) for business, as it forces firms in the market to improve their products and services, while consumers can benefit from lower prices as multiple companies compete for their dollars. My opinion is that, as a small business owner, one should strive as much as possible to prevent competition […more]

Operating on cash is killing your business

Aug 16, 2015 | | Say something

One of the main complaints of African entrepreneurs is the lack of loans or financing from the local banks. At the same time, a huge proportion of business is done by cash. Many companies in fact do not even have a business bank account. The main reason, obviously, is to avoid or reduce tax. Now, […more]

Invest in the Energy Continent

Aug 15, 2015 | | Say something

A quick link to an interview of Richard Attias, the promoter of the New York Forum Africa, which aims at bringing global investors to African entrepreneurs. The theme of the conference this year, to be held in Libreville, Gabon, at the end of this month, is Invest in the Energy Continent. A much needed initiative […more]

Focus on needs

Aug 14, 2015 | | Say something

As entrepreneurs, we often make the mistake on thinking only about what we can get by starting our companies. In most cases, the (expected) financial rewards are the main objective. While we focus on ourselves, we shouldn’t forget that the marketplace, customers, or society in general does not care about what we want, but rather […more]

Esthetic matters

Aug 13, 2015 | | Say something

A few days ago I was reading an article (or was it a Youtube video instead?) about a new invention in my country, which basically could help transform/process some agricultural product grown locally. Functionally, this looked like a great invention, which was filling a real need. Design-wise however, on a scale of 1 to 10, […more]

Sales manager job in Dar es Salaam

Aug 12, 2015 | | Say something

My trading company office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is looking for a sales manager to oversee our sales people and stores there. If you meet the requirements and are interested in the position, or know someone in Dar es Salaam who would be suitable, please check or forward the job posting at ZoomTanzania

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