July 17, 2019

According to Wall Street, after a long lapse, Brazil is in a good position., The Brazilian stock exchange index is the best index in emerging markets, better than China and surpassing even the US market. The main reason for Brazil's return is the approval of the once-u...

We went to the South by Southwest festival recently. Here are a few of our observations:

Scoot, Scoot!
They were everywhere! But where are scooters in Africa? Bird, a startup created by former Uber execs that littered the sidewalks of SXSW, is looking at deploying scoot...

December 12, 2018

The most recent data from the UNCTAD World Investment Report shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) into Africa was down 21 percent in 2017 compared to the prior year. The decline is attributed primarily to lower commodity prices. More diversified exporters such as...

November 13, 2018

It has been impossible to attend any serious climate change conference over the past decade that hasn’t included a significant, and ever-increasing, focus on the topic of private capital mobilization—institutional capital, more specifically. Why? There are two main rea...

On September 30, 2018, the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached a new trilateral trade agreement designed to replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that has governed North American trade since 1994.

The new “United States-Mexico-Canada Agr...

July 9, 2018

The regulatory framework for Asian Supply Chains is tightening. Intercompany transactions are under greater scrutiny. The tax authorities are becoming more sophisticated and creative, particularly with regard to tax audits and transfer pricing arrangements.

In light of...

Over the past three years, India’s science and technology-focussed startup movement has seen steady improvement in quality and in numbers. Today, new Indian companies are becoming pioneers in a range of domains, like computer science, engineering, medicine, drug discov...

I recently immersed myself in the dense entrepreneurial hotspots of Shenzhen and Bangalore, so I thought I’d offer some comparisons.  I’ll comment on the extent of government support, the role of science, and the sorting of human capital in China and India more general...

Narendra Modi has been Prime Minister of India since 2014. An important centerpiece of the Modi government’s policies is a desire to empower individuals to make their own economic decisions.  This in turn has many dimensions, for example, the launch of Jan Dhan Yojana...

March 13, 2018

An important consideration in evaluating any class of investments is the ability to easily cash out of a position and lock in a healthy return. Among the elements required are liquid capital markets and a vibrant private secondary market for African equity and debt. Th...

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