Where Are We on China Union Pay’s Anticipated Challenge to Visa and Mastercard?

  Where Are We on China Union Pay’s Anticipated Challenge to Visa and MasterCard? As the Chinese government welcomes leaders from around the world for its Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, analysts will ask: is the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative a plan to overthrow the existing global order, by pulling Asian countries into…

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Why Zimbabwe’s Military Abandoned Mugabe

  Why Zimbabwe’s Military Abandoned Mugabe The Blood Brotherhood Sticks Together By Philip Martin In 2016, when Zimbabwe was rocked by a summer of protests and a social movement gone viral, I argued in Foreign Affairs that the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) was unlikely to break ranks with President Robert Mugabe and his ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front…

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Nigeria’s Largest Insurance Companies and the $456M Under-Performing Sector

  Nigeria’s Largest Insurance Companies and the $456  Million Under-Performing Sector The Nigerian Insurance Sector is often regarded as the most under-performing in the financial sector, especially if you compare it to other insurance sectors across the world. At a combined market capitalization of about N146 billion it pales in comparison to the banking sector,…

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Misplaced Optimism About Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe (2)

  Misplaced Optimism About Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe (2) In the first installment of this mini-series, we cautioned the deafening optimistic scenarios of a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe would restore that country to its former status as a semi-industrialized economy and “bread basket” of southern Africa, and ultimately a democratic society. Events since the Zimbabwe Defense Force’s early morning…

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The Political Risk Factors of a Rapidly Changing Global Diet and Our Future Food Needs

The Political Risk Factors of a Rapidly Changing Global Diet and Our Future Food Needs   The numbers are in — actually, they have been coming in from researchers for a long time. By 2050, there will be two billion more mouths to feed than today when 815 million people go hungry. The Sustainable Development…

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Why Did Moody’s Downgrade Eight Nigerian Banks Despite Escape From Recession?

  Why Did Moody’s Downgrade Eight Nigerian Banks Despite Escape From Recession? Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) has downgraded to B2 from B1 the long-term local currency deposit and issuer ratings of four Nigerian banks. It also downgraded the long-term local and foreign currency issuer ratings of another development bank. The agency, in its new rating…

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Is Botswana Bouncing Back and Deserving of Rating Upgrade?

    Is Botswana Bouncing Back and Deserving of Rating Upgrade? By: Jeremy Weltman Published on: Friday, October 20, 2017 S&P might be about to downgrade the issuer, but Euromoney’s experts say the risk situation is now improving. Order Diamond in the rough: There are signs that Botswana remains an attractive investment opportunity Botswana’s risk…

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