Africa’s Full Court Press

  Assessing the motives, actions and consequences of those whose authority previously went unquestioned, and pushing back if necessary, are signs of evolving maturity and assuredness. In these...

Trade Wins

Those loud creaking sounds are the economic drawbridges being drawn up on both sides of the Atlantic, as nations that preached raging competition when it suited them, now have other ideas about its...

Thumbs Up

What should we make of Mark Zuckerberg’s trips to Nigeria and Kenya? Amidst the soft-focus photo ops, including a morning jog across one of Lagos’ main bridges, meetings with Nigeria’s...

A Brexit Backbreaker?

How will the UK’s impending exit from the EU impact Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean? In both cases, the dominant narrative revolves around the knock-on effects from an almost...

Them Belly Full?

My recent short trip to Jamaica coincided with the first Budget of the freshly-elected Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government, led by Prime Minster Andrew Holness. Such events are normally guaranteed...

Power Full?

President Obama’s recent visit to these shores will probably be best remembered for his trenchant, and in the eyes of some, unwelcome, observations on the upcoming EU Referendum. Unfortunately, the...

Migration Watch

        A friend recently sent me a Government circular on the relaxation of restrictions on the recruitment of medical professionals from outside the European Union to help cope...

Chop My Money

        Much of the huge appeal of Nigeria’s President Buhari during last year’s electoral contest, revolved around his stare-you-down stance on corruption. Although it would...

Get Up Stand Up

When was the last time one of our nations said a very public “No” to the US? The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was initiated in 2000 under President Clinton, grants the...

Exit the Dragon?

      It would probably be an over-simplification to say that if China sneezes, then Sub-Saharan Africa gets a head cold. But there is no doubt that the rapid development of the...

Rough Seas

  With Sub-Saharan Africa’s collective Gross Domestic Product having quadrupled over the past fifteen years – to over £1 trillion – it’s no surprise that a raft of well-known Western...

Stemming the Outflows

The plundering of Africa continues. According to highly regarded estimates from the Washington-based think tank Global Financial Integrity, the cost of “illicit financial flows” from the...

Cuba Libre

One of President Obama’s more unexpected recent decisions was to ease trade and travel restrictions to Cuba as a first step to ending the commercial and financial embargo of the island. The...

Taxes, Smoke & Mirrors

While we were all still a little dazed by the unexpectedly clear result of the 7 May General Election, the Queen was giving her annual speech at the state opening of Parliament. This is the grand...

Tomorrow’s World

By its very nature technological advance in the workplace inevitably leads to winners and losers. The development and adoption of cloth-weaving machines led to the early 19th century Luddite riots as...

The Rise of the Selfie

It wasn’t the most scientific of polls but it was revealing nonetheless. After droning on about the virtues of my current employer to a visiting group of about forty sixth-formers from a local...

Taking Stock

The recent rise in the FTSE 100 to an all-time high has been chorused as further evidence that our economic recovery is in full flow. But beyond the trading rooms and fund managers of London the...

Patience: Beyond Virtue

It is evident why the vast majority of parents invest huge amounts of time, energy and –increasingly – cash at securing a solid academic performance from our children. Although we can all cite at...

Election Bus: All Change?

With the unofficial starting gun for the 7 May General Election already a distant echo, it is becoming increasingly clear that the likelihood of any party gaining an overall majority in the House of...

Falling prices

Too much of a good thing? It’s not only the winter sales that help explain why many purses and wallets are being opened with an extra smile these days. Annual headline inflation, defined as the...

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