As part of the strategy to identify, explore and share emerging trends and best practices that are reshaping world markets and competitive landscapes, we publish presentations, research papers, executive interviews, templates and case studies from CEOs, senior business leaders, senior government representatives, academics, industry experts and other professionals — on trending national and international issues, with implications for Africa. 



Trade Facilitation Office Canada (TFOC) confronts the challenge of global poverty by promoting sustainable economic development through export information, advice and contact. TFOC facilitates access to the Canadian marketplace and share Canadian trade expertise for the benefit of smaller male and female owned/managed exporters from developing countries and for the men and women they employ. Among other things, they provide comprehensive online trade information service, guide on exporting to Canada, market information papers, webinars, newsletters, trade news and events. Steven Tipman, Executive Director with TFOC discusses this at length. See full presentation here





The boom bust cycle within the oil sector is causing unprecedented currency crisis in Nigeria. Uncertainties in trade and exchange rate policies continue to impact the macroeconomy and household incomes. Citing limited productive capacity, government says real exchange rate depreciation will not help Nigeria’s exports and GDP growth. The monetary authorities continue to prop up the naira; this strategy is combined with blocking imports to protect dwindling foreign reserves. Investor appetite remains weak. Capital flight continues. The risk of devaluation for naira-denominated assets persists. Investors are non-committal. Recession looms. Can anything stop it from unravelling? Dr. Fred Olayele, President/Chief Economist with GEIA breaks it down. Read full analysis here.




In this 2015 presentation at the United States Association for Energy Economics conference in Pittsburgh, United States, Dr. Fred Olayele examines the issue of economic diversification from a Canada-US sub-national perspectiveEconomic diversification remains a recurring theme in public policy debates; it is popularly believed to be the cure to the “resource curse” challenge. The benefits of diversification, as well as the importance of key economic, demographic, geographic and institutional factors that explain it, remain widely acknowledged. While some see economic diversification as a long-term economic growth strategy that can help mitigate unforeseen problems in the event of structural economic changes, such as the decline of a region’s resource base, others argue that diversification is a costly and unnecessary form of government intervention. Explaining the specific reasons why diversification helps some economies to succeed where others fail remains a mirage. Most empirical investigations of the relationship between economic growth and diversification provide inconclusive evidence.  He hopes African countries can draw important policy lessons. Click here to access full presentation.



INKAS Group of Companies is a world-leading security company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. For more than 20 years, INKAS has been offering a wide range of security services from armored vehicles and safes manufacturing to armed transportation services, cash-in-transit and vault depositary. INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing produces armored vehicles for government authorities, financial institutions, law enforcement agencies, corporate entities, and individuals all over the world. In this 2015 presentation to stakeholders at a GEIA-organized conference in Ottawa, Rtd. Major-General David Fraser, INKA’s Chief Operating Officer, explains how the company’s wide range of armored vehicles, including executive SUVs, luxury sedans, special purpose military vehicles, personnel carriers, cash-in-transit vehicles are deployed to guarantee safety and security. Clickhere to access full presentation.



In this 2015 presentation to stakeholders at a GEIA-organized conference in Ottawa, Derek Kopke, Executive Vice President, International Business Development with DataWind posits that access to the internet is a fundamental human right; he agrees though that affordability is key. He recommends that to level the playing field, low-cost internet-enabled computers, low-cost recharging options and building the hardware domestically are priorities, among other things. Clickhere to access full presentation.




Dr. Fred Olayele, President/Chief Economist with the Global Economic Institute delivers this presentation titled, “The Defining Characteristics of Financial Management in the Public Sector” at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. He buttresses why capital budgeting is one of the most important decisions made by a public financial manager. He uses a wide variety of case studies to explain why financial managers cannot rely solely on market-pricing mechanisms to determine feasibility for public sector projects. Clickhere to access full presentation.