Articles by: Federico Chirico

Mobile money: Africa’s best contribution to innovation so far?

August 14, 2013 10:53 pm0 comments
Mobile money: Africa’s best contribution to innovation so far?

The evolution of mobile money in Africa is a clear example of a business in which the continent is leading and not lagging. Besides the classical money transfer services already present since several years, many providers are now expanding their services by entering the banking industry and opening up to interesting scenarios so far unexplored by the so called “developed economies”.

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African Bonds: in quest of investment

July 8, 2013 11:17 pm0 comments
African Bonds: in quest of investment

In fixed income markets, “yield-hunting” currently seems to be the name of the game, and the economic crisis in the old continent make Eurobonds issued by African countries very interesting for risk-seeking investors. A smooth meeting between supply and demand is also favored by high interest rates in domestic markets. Nevertheless, there are several aspects that should raise investors’ attentions, as not all African realities can grant the same investment success.

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The underestimated potential of agribusiness in Africa

July 5, 2013 1:24 am0 comments
The underestimated potential of agribusiness in Africa

With the globe reaching 9 billion people by 2050 and food commodity prices climbing to record levels, “investment is essential for the growth of the agricultural sector if there is to be enough food to feed the world population”(AE Investor, 2013). The African continent, in this sense, seems to be the perfect venue to fill a gap between a skyrocketing demand and a supply that is becoming more and more scarce.

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