Need Lithium and Other Metals? Time to Invest in Latin America

December 20, 2019

Since the beginning of European colonialism in the 16th century, adventurers and investors have responded to the opportunities that exist to control entire zones where they can freely extract raw materials without being bothered by the local populations who may find them invasive. The traditional...

How to Reduce Uncertainty and Increase Investment

August 23, 2016

The best way to avoid stagnation induced by uncertainty is for governments to look at the road ahead. Interest rates are low, so it should be attractive for companies to borrow and invest in new products and markets. But American companies are not doing that. Instead, they are spending about...

Entrepreneurs in the MENA Region: Is There Light Ahead?

November 16, 2014

A new study says the ecosystem for MENA entrepreneurs has improved, but challenges remain in terms of finding investors and scaling growth. When Tunisian gaming studio Digital Media launched a new game in 2013, it captured press attention partly for competing in a space populated by few other...

Alibaba IPO Underlines Rise of Chinese Private Sector

September 23, 2014

For all the fashionable talk of China’s dominant state capitalism and “Guo Jin Min Tui,” the numbers tell a slightly different story. On September 5, Alibaba Group filed details about its forthcoming Initial Public Offering (IPO), suggesting a mid-range valuation of $155 billion. This...

No Tunisia, Barbed Wire is Not Good for Business

September 22, 2014

Tunisia has changed in the everyday person’s mind but, to build a functioning democracy, the next government has work to do. In most Arab countries, photos of the dictator will appear just about everywhere. On billboards, street corners and in random shops — you name it. Yes, the vain...

Oman’s Burgeoning Private Sector: An Inside Perspective

April 10, 2014

Quality education is fundamental to boost a country's economic performance. Over the past few years, the Sultanate of Oman has maintained an increasing growth rate and registered a mounting budget deficit against a backdrop of rising oil prices. As a middle-income economy, Oman relies heavily on...

Testing the Waters of Morocco’s Link to Africa

November 21, 2013

Morocco has the capability to carve out an effective presence in Africa. I recently returned from Dakhla, in the south of Morocco, where the sounds of the Atlantic Ocean reminded me that there is an undeniable link that is becoming increasingly stronger between Africa and the...

India-Africa: Beyond Historical Ties

August 03, 2013

As India looks towards Africa to expand its economic ties, it faces many challenges. By Karan Pradhan Africa’s growing importance as a trade and investment destination was highlighted by the US president’s recent visit to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. At the second meeting of the...