Monthly Archives: May 2017
Digital IQ for African companies track global averages—but South Africa is at risk of falling behind: PwC report
Most organisations around the world have not done enough to keep up with the digital era – and leadership is falling short, with many chief executives not yet fully engaged in the initiatives of digital transformation. African companies match their global peers in many measures of Digital IQ: just over half (52%) rate their organisation’s Digital IQ as strong – a score of 70% or greater. However, South African companies stand at risk, with less than half (47%) rating their organisation’s IQ over 70%.
Although the vision to unify Africa has been heard for long; the continent remained highly disconnected hampering travel and other economic unities that might support the continent development initiatives. Still, the continent citizens do not find it easy to travel within the continent due to price and time taking travel requirements.
The Dangote Group (www.Dangote.com) shone at the just concluded 2017 Gateway Trade fair which was held in Abeokuta, emerging as the second most patronised exhibitor, just as the Group disclosed that it was investing N10 billion dollars in rice cultivation in five states to boost food self-sufficiency.
Africa’s vast but informal cross-border trade can contribute to improving livelihoods and increasing regional integration across the continent, according to a new report presented at a conference here.
Technological advancement is growing rapidly globally. In Africa, there is a continuous rise in digital spending and development. In West Africa, Nigeria and Ghana are clear examples of how individuals and cooperate agencies are using tech to solve problem. However, there is also a growing lack of efficient digital advertisement. As the population of mobile phone users grow across the continent, there is no such growth of digital advertisement. Majority of advertisement is till channeled through traditional media. In Ghana, the majority of Small and Medium Enterprises are more interested in traditional media as a mode of advertisement though they do not have the financial means to advertise on the platforms of their choice. Tech gurus with solutions to digital marketing are resorting to private clients to sell their services to them. This has contributed largely to the inefficiency of digital advertisement in Africa – there is a lack of institution to sell the services.
Guinea: IMF sees raising infrastructure spending while maintaining macroeconomic stability will help boost long-term inclusive growth prospects
IMF Staff Completes a Staff Visit to Guinea
- Economic activity in Guinea is rebounding, with signs pointing toward continued growth over 6 percent.
- Fiscal consolidation including increased revenues and reduced government spending have brought the basic budget deficit down to 0.7 percent of GDP in 2016.
- IMF sees raising infrastructure spending while maintaining macroeconomic stability will help boost long-term inclusive growth prospects.
An IMF staff team led by Giorgia Albertin visited Conakry from May 15 to 25, 2017, to discuss recent economic and financial developments and Guinea’s economic prospects. The team prepared the ground for a future visit for the negotiation of a new IMF-supported program.
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