Digital trade – changing the landscape in the information age

For the past 16 years Walmart has been among the top three companies in the Fortune Global 500 list. Globally it employs 2.3 million people and posted $482.1 billion in revenue for 2015. Reportedly Walmart’s biggest concern is its...

Continue reading →

Introduction to disruption

In 1764 the world was introduced to the spinning jenny, the first mechanised process to produce yarn. With its invention James Hargreaves had started the process of mechanization that would shape the world as we know it. Yes, it...

Continue reading →

Notes on EU-SA trade (Agbiz-Tutwa roundtable)

It’s been more than a year since the business community and foreign observers raised their concerns over the vague and, in some cases, worrying amendments and bills announced to “promote investments and clarify the level of protection that an...

Continue reading →

South Africa in a world of indices

Every year around this time reports surface that take stock of South Africa’s performance over the past year. For the past four years this has ended with a sigh and a browbeaten shake of the head. I am of...

Continue reading →

The Continental Free Trade Ambition

When looking at economic cooperation and integration I often find myself thinking about the relationship between the Ottoman Empire and city-state of Venice. These were very different societies yet they proved immensely valuable to each other owing to their...

Continue reading →

Ethiopia’s guarded financial sector

Ethiopia is not a country I think of immediately when someone mentions a desire to invest, especially a desire to invest in the financial sector. So when the question “Does Ethiopia allow foreigners to invest in the banking sector?”...

Continue reading →