Superbrands organization, the world's largest independent rater of brands, will start ranking leading East African brands at an "Oscar for Brands" ceremony later this year. Top brands in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi will be assessed by a panel of media, branding and marketing, retail and business communications experts, reported the Uganda Monitor.
Came across this encouraging article from Nigeria's Vanguard newspaper. Using credit cards to buy goods is still uncommon in Nigeria, but the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (NEEDS) seems to be making progress.
It is envisaged that the consumer credit system would commence with the development of registration procedures, registration and licensing of consumer credit operators and be completed before the end of this administration's tenure in May.
After the evacuation, we're back in Chad. I'm the first to fly in, Saturday night, and I grab onto my friend who picks me up at the airport and I don't let him go. He says it's like a dream.
The Heritage Foundation/WSJ 2007 Index of Economic Freedom is out. You'll see familiar faces on the rankings - both at the top (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia) and at the bottom (North Korea, Cuba, Libya). You might notice the new methodology, which they've helpfully applied to prior year data as well.
The idea: create sustainable employment in sub-Saharan Africa, get college students interested in social entrepreneurship, and keep making lots of fraternity and sorority T-shirts. Oh, and there's a Bono connection, of course.
The December issue of Finance and Development is dedicated to Africa.
'Africa: Making Its Move' explores some of the obstacles facing sub-Saharan Africa as it attempts to capitalize on changes that offer fresh opportunities for growth and poverty reduction.