The Dantatas, the Dangotes and a bid to transform Nigeria’s downstream oil industry

January 30, 2019

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the founder of Dangote Group of Companies, is easy to write headlines about; not only has he been named as Africa’s richest man for the 7th year in a row, but has also made clear his personal ambition to buy Arsenal football club.  More recently the spotlight has been on the hugely ambitious refinery project Dangote […]

Mozambique: The new Seychelles?

January 22, 2019

Natural gas might seem the obvious investment story for Mozambique, and there is no doubt that with the discovery offshore of the world’s 14th largest reserves by volume ¹ the country’s economy will in time be transformed. But while operators struggle with technical and logistical challenges, as well as the current market glut of LNG, other […]

Silk City, Kuwait: a key staging post on the New Silk Road?

January 14, 2019

A recent flurry of meetings between officials from Kuwait and China has prompted speculation that Kuwait may be pivoting away from their alliance with the United States, and instead have opted to strengthen their allegiance to China. Rumours have even suggested this is a reaction by the Emirs against US pressure to increase Kuwait’s financial […]

Vulnerability in the supply chain

January 8, 2019

As business models become more complex, employees more technologically empowered and cross-border partnerships becoming more the norm, the on-boarding of new suppliers and supply chains puts every organisation into a position of vulnerability. Indeed, supply chain compliance is an enterprise wide responsibility, and collaboration with both client and customer is essential to effectively manage compliance […]

Who is behind Dubai Wonderland?

January 3, 2019

While scanning the news items of the day, I read about an impressive ‘$191m fund launched to finance Dubai Wonderland project’ and while part of me is delighted, I’m also left feeling sceptical. Like many of us who have responsibilities for securing new business, finding out about a new fund with ambitious development plans sets […]