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  • Botswana: Business Place Gaborone to Boost SMMEs

    Lack of management skills by many of Botswana’s Small to Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) could be a thing of the past, as the newly established Business Place (Centre) Gaborone will endeavour to address these shortfalls. The centre, which was unveiled to stakeholders last week during the donor presentations, is situated at Maraka House at the Gaborone bus station. The donor presentation gave sponsors a chance to present their pledges and funds, which amounted to over P1 million.

    All Africa (link opens in a new window)
  • Indian SMEs need access to finances

    New Delhi: Indian small and medium enterprises (SME) have not kept pace with the country’s economic growth because of their inability to access finances, says industry experts. The reasons for the poor growth of SMEs and strategies to put them on a high-growth curve were discussed Tuesday here during the launch of the first publication in the series of ’Emerging Auto Component SMEs of India.’ The first of its kind, this series is sponsored by Dun & Bradstree...

    Silicon India (link opens in a new window)
  • Africa closes tech gap with flashy phones

    Rickety minibus taxis weave between corrugated iron shacks, dodging street hawkers and the odd scrawny child with trousers gaping at the knee. Alexandra is one of South Africa’s roughest townships, and yet you can switch on your laptop there, slide in a data card and access your e-mail in seconds using the world’s most advanced commercial wireless technology. About a decade after mobile phones started to spread across the poorest continent, trailing Europe by several years, wireless t...

    NEWS.COM (link opens in a new window)
  • Corruption still holds emerging markets back

    The development of emerging market economies continues to be held back by corruption and poor governance in spite of their increasing influence on the global stage and growing foreign direct investment in other countries. That was the most striking message from a two-day meeting of current and former central bankers, development experts, finance ministers, investors, and presidents of countries such as Brazil, India, and Tanzania.

    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
  • China’s development ’experiment’ key to future growth

    Maintaining a balance between environmental sustainability and the continuing process of urbanisation is a major issue facing the Chinese, write the researchers. Although much of China’s biodiversity is being threatened by rapid economic development and human activities, Tang Zhiyao and colleagues report the existence of ten biodiversity ’hotspots’ in mountain ranges that remain largely unaffected. Protecting these mountainous areas is critical for cons...

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development (link opens in a new window)
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  • Business in Africa: The flicker of a brighter future

    Ultimately, doing business in Africa is a gamble on the future?that the continent will make something of the commodity boom that has helped it grow faster in the past three years than at any time in the past few decades and, possibly, ever. If the economy takes off, investors intend already to be there, firmly rooted. Excerpt: Ultimately, doing business in Africa is a gamble on the future?that the continent will make something of the commodity boom that has helped it grow faster in th...

    The Economist (link opens in a new window)
  • Potential of Doha accord ?has been overstated?

    This month?s Singapore meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and the largely inconclusive meeting of trade ministers that finished on Thursday in Cairns, Australia, rang with the ritual claim that the suspended Doha trade talks had the ability to lift millions out of poverty. But experts note that these claims appear increasingly oversold, amid sharp downward revisions of estimates of the effects of trade liberalisation in reducing poverty. Writing recently i...

    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
  • APEC seeks ways of promoting small- and medium-sized enterprises

    Delegates from the Asia-Pacific region are attending the 13th APEC SME Ministerial Meeting and related ones in Hanoi on Sept. 25-29 to facilitate development of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The ministerial meeting, slated for Sept. 28-29, with the theme Strengthening SME Competitiveness for Trade and Investment, will center on business enabling environment for SME, SME capacity building for trade and investment and facilitating linkages for SME. A seri...

    People’s Daily Online (link opens in a new window)
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