Embracing local partnerships, bridging East Africa’s information gap to unravel the region’s investment potential

Inflation back to single digits and resurgence in growth continues
The region has succeeded in taming the inflation levels from double digit of 30.5 per cent, 19.8 per cent and 19.7 per cent for Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya in 2011 to 5.5 per cent, 5.7 per cent and 8.0 per cent. Continue reading

Oil and gas to continue fuelling East Africa’s M&As

The M&A sub sector on the African continent has been dominated by Britain (437 deals worth USD 30.5 billion), France (141 deals worth USD 30.47 billion) and now China (49 deals worth USD 20.8 billion) over the past decade. Most recently, Kenyan and South African firms have been at the forefront of the deals within East Africa one of Africa’s fastest growing blocs. Continue reading

Exit strategies: one of many thorns in East Africa’s P.E. side


Overall the deal value of Private Equity transactions in 2012 in Sub Saharan Africa moved southwards of the 2011 performance by 62.6 per cent, to USD 1.1 bn. The number of deals was also 12.1 per cent below those of 2011, where 66 deals were done. Continue reading

Demystifying the high start- up high business failure paradox

If business failure is defined as liquidating all assets with investors or entrepreneurs losing almost all or all of their investment then business failure is estimated at between 30 and 40 per cent according to Shikar Ghosh a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.  Uganda like other fellow East African nations is no exception to this business reality. Ranked as one (6th) of the most entrepreneurial countries globally by the Global Entrepreneurship Movement in 2010, the big challenge remains the more than commensurate business failure rate after periods of between 3-5 years from establishing the business.

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