Mining – a cornerstone of the Togolese economy

July 29, 2020

Togo’s significant gold, iron ore and uranium deposits as well as an abundance of other minerals such as phosphate, limestone, and marble are attracting both domestic and international investment interest.  Current estimates suggest that the mining industry accounts for over 20% of Togo’s export earnings. In recent years however the country’s mining sector has encountered […]

Cameroon’s banking sector – weathering the storms of Covid-19 and low oil prices

July 22, 2020

The size of Cameroon’s economy and its central location in the African continent make it an influential country in the Central Africa Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). Similarly, Cameroon’s banking industry tends to take a leading role at the Bank of Central Africa States (BEAC), which functions as the country’s apex monetary authority, as well […]

Unitel, Sonangol and Angola’s privatisation programme – disconnected?

July 13, 2020

One of the key objectives of the Angolan privatisation programme ‘PROPRIV’ set in motion by President Joao Lourenco, was to privatise Angola’s dominant mobile phone operator Unitel, which currently controls over 80% of Angola’s mobile market.¹ In 2019 key stakeholders signalled that the company would be listed on the Angola Stock Exchange and international providers […]

Covid-19 and the coming of age of e-commerce in the MENA region

July 6, 2020

As Covid-19 continues to upend social norms and business models around the globe, the virus has forced different regions and sectors to adapt to a changing way of life.  In the second of a series of blogs, we look at how changes in consumer behaviour are impacting the retail sector in the MENA region. We’re […]