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Reporter’s WEF Africa notebook: We need to talk about Kagame

The World Economic Forum has its critics. It’s a club for capitalists, a refuge for rich people, the kind of place where everyone lambasts Panama for being a tax haven in public and discusses its advantages in private.

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African countries must collect more taxes. But how?

Improving tax collection in African countries is a vital step towards sustainable economic development, and has benefits far beyond the revenue it generates. By Gargee Ghosh of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Africa: Good leadership a must for better, more tax compliance

Regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society will gather for the World Economic Forum in Kigali from May 11-16 to celebrate Africa’s decades-long progress in economic growth and poverty reduction — and to talk about the future. Africa is a much better place for women, adolescents, and children than it was 25 years ago when the Millennium Development Goals were launched. But those gains could be at risk. 

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China Tightens Grip On Africa

Nairobi – Janice Gacheri imports handbags and shoes from China which she sells on social media sites and by word of mouth to customers in Nairobi and neighbouring towns.

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World Economic forum announces Dave Duarte a Young Global Leader

The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced South African Dave Duarte as a Young Global Leader (YGL). Globally recognised as a top expert on social media in business, Duarte joins 215 leaders from around the world that will make up the class of 2014, including South African actress Charlize Theron.

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True or False? SA’s Global Competitiveness in Africa is giving way to Nigeria, Rwanda and Ghana

It’s official, South Africa has now been overtaken by Mauritius in the Global Competitiveness report. Mauritius is now ranked 45th up from 54th last year. We are ranked 53rd, down from 52nd last year.

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