Sunday, September 23, 2018
Business Weekly this week publishes some excerpts of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) 2018 Election Manifesto that have serious ramifications on businesses in Zimbabwe if implemented. The party, like what the theme of the manifesto says, wants to Unite, Fight Corruption, Develop, Re-engage and Create jobs...
Tawanda Musarurwa It’s an open secret that the Zimbabwean economy has not been optimal for quite some time now. So the question is: How are banks operating in the country remaining so profitable when most industries have been adversely affected by the macro-economy? Last year, for example, 18 out of the 19...
Kudzai M. Mubaiwa Most people at the “bottom of the pyramid” in the Global South (or developing nations), for example Zimbabwe, are not familiar with the blockchain technology concept however useful it may be. At best, they are aware of Bitcoin because it’s familiar to mobile money, which is hugely popular...
Kudzanai Sharara Taking Stock The latest IMF World Economic Outlook report released this week predicts Ethiopia’s Gross Domestic Product will record an 8,5 percent economic growth rate in 2018, far outstripping that of advanced economies. Ivory Coast is also expected to record significant growth at 7,4 percent, Senegal 7 percent,...
Enacy Mapakame Zimbabweans choose a new President this July, and the inherent volatility of financial markets means uncertainty always increases up until, at least, the election outcome. But the correlation does not always work like clockwork; it is more like the effects of the moon on tides. Some market watchers expect the...
Arthur G . O. Mutambara Despite the critique we have offered in the past, Zanu-PF in its recently launched manifesto, insists on claiming that its vision is for Zimbabwe to be a Middle-Income Country (MIC) by 2030. This is assumptive statement, requires qualification, quantification and supporting details for it to be...
Chris Chenga There seems to be general consensus between academia and policymakers in regard to the long term structural threats facing developing to low income nations. It is particularly debt and the Fourth Industrial Revolution that are the most profoundly concerning. However, while debt has been an experienced challenge, with ample...
Clive Mphambela Two months ago, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, stated his desire to lead Zimbabwe to middle income country status by 2030. Many critics came forth to say that this vision is just a pie in the sky and that it was not possible in 12 years to achieve such an ambitious...
By Kristof Titeca The population of African elephants is estimated to have declined by 111 000 over the past ten years. Eastern Africa, for example, has experienced an almost 50% reduction in its elephant population. What does academic research tell us about these dynamics? There’s a wealth of research giving fascinating insights...
By William Hauk After spending seven months investigating whether China is engaged in unfair trade practices, the Trump administration announced March 22 that it will impose tariffs on as much as US$60 billion in Chinese imports. The tariffs are meant to address two problems: intellectual property theft by China and a steep and persistent...