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  1. Wireless Broadband Access: A reality for Nigerians


    Information. This is the mainstay and the common denominator for success in our world of today and we are as efficient and prudent in our decision making depending on the source and veracity of our information.
  2. Nouriel Roubini: Abenomics, European Style


    Two years ago, Shinzo Abe’s election as Japan’s prime minister led to the advent of “Abenomics,” a three-part plan to rescue the economy from a treadmill of stagnation and deflation. Abenomics’ three components – or “arrows” – comprise massive monetary st
  3. Hernando de Soto: Unlocking the Riches of the Poor


    Most of the world’s poor may be slightly less destitute than it appears. However, officialdom often unwittingly conspires to keep the modest wealth of the poor – a shack, a building plot, a sewing machine, or marketable skills – locked up by red tape.
  4. Sir Timothy Berners-Lee: Catching the World in a Web


    He may not have invented the Internet, former US vice-president Al Gore did that (…), but British computer scientist Sir Timothy Berners-Lee made the World Wide Web (www) as we know it today possible by coming up with the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP
  5. Can Resource-Financed Infrastructure Fix the Natural Resource Curse?


    How can resource-rich countries ensure that a sufficiently large share of oil, gas, and mining revenues are used for productive investment rather than excessive or wasteful consumption? “Resource-financed infrastructure” (RFI) contracting is a new contrac
  6. The 10 Biggest Energy Company Bankruptcies


    Running a multi-billion dollar energy company isn't easy. Just ask the executives in the corner suites of some of the energy companies that have gone bust over the years. Some, like Enron, were brought down because of insider malfeasance. A few, like ATP,
  7. Zambia Set to Impress and Welcome Investors


    Zambia has seen foreign direct investment (FDI) increase significantly to well over $1bn in 2013 – up 31% over the previous year. The number of projects receiving capital investment from outside the country went up as well. Greenfield investment in teleco
  8. Europe’s Original Sin and the Dangers of Doing Good


    Carlos Rangel, the Venezuelan diplomat and essayist, once pointedly remarked that western nations often send their failed politicians – the dreamers, utopians, and other ineffectual romantics – to far-off places where they can do no harm other than to the
  9. The World's 10 Biggest Energy Gluttons


    Next time you get into your car and drive to the supermarket, think about how much energy you consume on an annual basis. It is widely assumed that Westerners are some of the world's worst energy pigs. While Americans make up just 5 percent of the global
  10. Soros Signals Argentina’s Shale is Biggest Place to Be


    One of the world’s legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina’s shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America’s largest unconventional prize —and a big boost for both supermajors and smaller players makin
  11. Poverty and Unemployment in Nigeria: Recent Realities


    Nigeria's fortune has been majorly roped on the performance of the Oil sector for years, however, in recent times, oil revenues have dwindled and since April 2014, oil revenue has been on a low with volatile short time capital flows.
  12. Ukraine's Next Crisis? Economic Disaster


    Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production.
  13. Back to Africa – Chibwe Masabo Henry: The Diaspora as a Driver of Development


    Having medical doctors, specialists, nurses and other healthcare workers readily available to take charge in case of illness may be the norm in many developed countries; it still is much the exception elsewhere on the globe. Countless lives are lost or ru
  14. OECD: Achieving a Resilient Economic Recovery


    The recovery from the Great Recession has been slow and arduous, and has at times threatened to derail altogether. However, the major advanced economies are finally gaining traction and momentum. Private-sector confidence is rebuilding. After years of wea
  15. As Russia's Isolation Grows, Oil Companies Caught in Middle


    The confrontation between Russia and the West took a turn for the worse with the downing of a Malaysian airliner on July 17, and that could spell trouble for several major oil companies operating in Russia.
  16. Looking for the Next Oil Boom? Follow the Tech


    Much larger than Eagle Ford and once thought to have reached peak production, new technology has brought us full circle back to the Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, where the recent shift to horizontal well drilling has rendered this play the unconv
  17. How a US decision to allow oil exports could change the world’s energy balance


    The Obama Administration has taken a bold step toward loosening the grip of tense geopolitics on oil prices, reports the Wall Street Journal (paywall), giving the first permission in four decades for the export of unrefined American oil. The decision—not
  18. LNG: The Long, Strategic Play for Europe


    Liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe isn't a get-rich-quick scenario for the impatient investor: It's a long, strategic play for the sophisticated investor who can handle no small amount of politics and geopolitics along the way. When it comes to Europe,
  19. Any Paradign Shift in the Communication Strategy of the New CBN Governor?


    The appointment of Mr. Godwin Emefiele makes him the 11th Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, having resumed office on June 3rd 2014. He has indicated clearly that he wants to create a central bank that is professional, apolitical and people-
  20. Exxon, BP Defy White House; Extend Partnership with Russia


    Several of the largest oil companies in the world are doubling down in Russia despite moves by the West to isolate Russia and its economy. ExxonMobil and BP separately signed agreements with Rosneft – Russia's state-owned oil company – to extend and deepe
  21. China's Oil Giant At Center Of Corruption Probe


    Grins were on the faces of China National Petroleum executives this week as they celebrated a blockbuster 30-year deal for Russian gas. It was a good day for CNPC, the state-owned colossus at the center of China's oil and gas webs and one of Eurasia's big
  22. Rivals Russia and China unite to end America’s Unipolarity


    Rivals Russia and China unite to end ‘The American Century’: An altered geopolitical landscape for emerging and frontier markets focused multinational companies and investors.
  23. The US Economy Is A House Of Cards


    The US economy is a house of cards. Every aspect of it is fraudulent, and the illusion of recovery is created with fraudulent statistics.
  24. #WEFAfrica: President Jonathan's Remarks at the WEFA Opening Plenary Session, May 8, 2014


    As this is the first plenary session of this Conference, let me use this opportunity to welcome you all to Abuja for this gathering of the World Economic Forum. Nigeria is proud to host this event, the first time the Forum is coming to West Africa. We wi
  25. The poorest rich country around


    On 7 April, Nigeria’s GDP ballooned by 89 percent to a new estimate of $509.9bn after the country rebased its economy for the first time in 24 years. The new number makes Nigeria largest economy in Africa, and the 26th largest in the world.
  26. Illegal gains, tax evasion, and gross income under the Nigerian tax laws


    Tax administration is essential part of governance and would be a veritable weapon in curbing corruption and promoting transparency in business dealings in Nigeria, particularly when the tax evasion rules are effectively implemented to regulate and discou
  27. Cement market, construction investments growing rapidly in Nigeria


    A favourable macroeconomic outlook – aided by a growing population, infrastructure investments and rising consumption – is driving the expansion of Nigeria’s cement market, with a number of large investments in capacity in the offing.
  28. Risk Management and Insurance Legislations


    The most common medium for undertaking a commercial enterprise is through the registration of a limited liability company,which is also known as acorporation in some jurisdictions.
  29. Lies, damn lies and GDP


    In this Tuesday 20 November 2012 article, Professor Morten Jerven for African Arguments, part of the Guardian Africa Network laid the ground work for further reading on African GDP calculations Or, how Ghana went from being one of the poorest countries in
  30. It's the Policies and Policy Makers that Create Nigeria's Problems


    �Grow fast�, �be more comfortable� and �crash spectacularly�: A Case for Innovative Policies to Manage the Downside Risks of Financial Integration in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies
  31. Steadying the Ship in Stormy Waters: Leading in a Dynamic World


    I consider it an honour and privilege to have been invited to address this Eleventh Session of your Leadership Qualities and Entrepreneurial Development Programme (LQED). I recall that a few years ago I was invited to speak at your annual congress in Abuj
  32. The Incredible Shrinking Management Fee


    Professional portfolio management has long cost too much. If a new company has its way, it could be free.
  33. Africa’s elite leap up the global billionaire rankings


    Forbes publishes its Billionaire rankings today, tracking the trials and tribulations of the world’s richest – the 1 percent of the 1 percent, if you like.
  34. FX Traders Facing Extinction as Computers Replace Humans


    A widening probe of the foreign-exchange market is roiling an industry already under pressure to reduce costs as computer platforms displace human traders.
  35. President Jonathan's Remarks at the Official Launch of NIRP & NEDEP Today


    It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to the formal launching of The Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP), our flagship programme to industrialize Nigeria; and The National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP), our new strategic platfo
  36. The Golden Age of Gas, Possibly: Interview with the IEA


    The potential for a golden age of gas comes along with a big “if” regarding environmental and social impact. The International Energy Agency (IEA)—the “global energy authority”--believes that this age of gas can be golden, and that unconventional gas can
  37. The MPC’s Effect On The Domestic Balloon


    At its first meeting this year, held Monday last week in Abuja, the Central Bank of Nigeria's rate-setting committee (the Monetary Policy Committee MPC) opted to tighten monetary policy.
  38. Africapitalism: Towards Africa's future economic development


    Africapitalism is socially responsible business, not charity or aid, led by Africans, for the good of the continent. It is a platform which seeks to propel the continent from its position of relative stagnation to a future of sustainable dynamism and prog
  39. Mortgage-Backed Securities – Quick Aide


    Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) are debt obligations that represent claims to the cash flows from pools of mortgage loans, most commonly on residential property.
  40. Politics and markets: Less systemic, more specific


    Markets interest in politics in 2014 is, I believe, likely to be rooted principally in country-specific rather than systemic risk, in particular


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