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.
Out of one million SMEs in Turkey, only four percent export says the Turkish Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade. In its "Promotion communiqué" the Ministry announced a plan broadening its portfolio of state aid and subsidy programs to include incentives for SMEs to participate in international fairs. The Turkish Daily News explains that:
Will microfinance gather even more pace or fade away? Every maturing industry wants to know its future - microfinance is no exception. To find answers microfinance promoter, CGAP, will host a five-day virtual conference starting next week, entitled “Vision 2015: What does the Future of Microfinance Hold?”
The conference is open to all.
While global financial integration has been progressing well, financial deepening is not. Only a handful of emerging market economies are benefiting from large capital inflows in the form of FDI. In countries like Kenya where the capital account is open and foreign bank entry has long been allowed, capital market remains shallow and real interest rate remains high, hindering the private sector development.