Outlook 2015: Asia with Goldman Sachs’ Andrew Tilton

Andrew Tilton, chief Asia Pacific economist in Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs, explains how an improving global climate and monetary easing offer Asian countries an opportunity to follow through on structural reforms in 2015.

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Did you know that bees are AWESOME creatures? They pollinate around 70 of the 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world! Without bees, the human population of 7 billion will struggle, and the supermarkets would only have half the amount of fruits and vegetables. In other words, it would cause many issues for everyone, including humans.

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WE ARE LOSING BEES AT AN ALARMING RATE. So, have you ever thought of beekeeping? Neither had I! Until I realised it’s an AWESOME thing to do to save the bees, thus the world. 

Kelson Adams, by sister’s boyfriend, came up with the great idea to create a website which shows that beekeeping isn’t only for professionals, it should be easy to become a beekeeper! 

Could you please do us a favour, and visit the website? 

Please spread this message, I hope many people will realise that beekeeping is a fun and crucial thing to do. SAVE THE WORLD AND REBLOG THIS! 

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Goodbye again.
I never seem to stop saying goodbye to you.
It’s my own fault.
I let myself get invested
and I know better.

People will let you down,
it is in their nature.
It isn’t personal

and no matter how much I care
I won’t choose you.

So I’m no better.

—  'no better' by A.J. Brodie

Ethiopia plans to build 960,000 houses in the next 10 years, besides thousands of kilometres of roads and railways. Photo/Andualem Gessesse

Where will huge state investments lead Ethiopia?

Everywhere you turn in Ethiopia, construction is ongoing — roads, railways, and thousands of houses — all led by the government with local or external funding. What are the short and long-term implications for the private sector?

In a story for the Des Moines Register, Pulitzer Center grantee Phil Brasher reports from Ethiopia that the Obama Administration is counting on an unusual mix of taxpayer dollars and investments from profit-hunting agribusiness giants such as DuPont to feed the globe’s growing population.

Called “Feed the Future,” the program is controversial. “Critics say the administration had no business enlisting the private sector,” Phil writes. On the other hand, he notes that US corporate investment “is providing a modest counterweight to the billions of dollars that China is investing in Africa though the financing and construction of major infrastructure projects.”

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With just days to go for 2014 to end, a new study has projected a steady growth in India, which from every indication is likely to have some impact on its dealings with Africa which is also being seen as a growth zone next year.

The Standard Chartered Bank’s Global Research team has projected India to be “a positive surprise” compared to the situation in other parts of the globe.

"More importantly, sentiment is also rising sharply due to changes made by the new government to reduce red tape and promote investment," the team said.

Former Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) president R.V. Kanoria said earlier this year that the Indian government has been proactive in its commitment to encourage investment in Africa.

"Indian investments in Africa have increased 14-fold in the past year and we are hoping that by next year it will rise to $100 billion," he said.

In addition to investment, India has also been active in capacity building and knowledge sharing, particularly in the area of private public participation (PPP) across the continent.

Indian Property Roundup 2014

by Deepak Varghese

The year 2014 was a difficult one for Indian realty across segments despite a change in the central government and positive moves by the new regime to stimulate growth.

Fundamental growth in the economy and inflation proved to be bug bears, besides job concerns in the salaried segment. All of this leading to dipping sales numbers in the residential segment starting in the middle of the year led to a stock pile up.

Commercial realty too had few takers as businesses were not expanding and but for a few large transactions in Bangalore and Hyderabad, the market has proved lacklustre.

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Can I just take a minute to express how UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY EXCITED I AM THAT FROST’S INVESTMENT PROJECT HAS GONE UP BY $300 TODAY!? I hope so. I am so PSYCHED, guys! This really exciting and encouraging for me, guys. I have absolute faith we can make this happen, now. 

I’ve finally decided on my cast pick for Sam (Samuel Priddy), guys! It has to be Ashton Irwin. He is the perfect combination of adorable and mischief, and he also looks exactly the way I picture Sam in my head. If you haven’t read Frost yet, please give it a read HERE.

If you’d like to invest in the next big YA fantasy series, consider investing in Frost HERE.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has spoken of streamlining the bureaucracy to spur foreign investment and fixing creaking infrastructure that has choked development. Source: AP

Jokowi pledges to achieve self-sufficiency in meat

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has renewed his pledge to achieve self-sufficiency in the supply of meat by promising to continue supporting local cattle farming and to stop importing the commodity.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo vows to cut investment barriers

THE new leader of the world’s fourth-largest nation has promised to move aggressively to lower barriers to investment and overcome decades of unmet potential that have left Indonesia lagging behind more dynamic Asian nations.

Jokowi Advises South Sumatra’s Small Rubber Farmers to be Patient

Palembang, – Indonesia’s President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has reminded small rubber farmers in South Sumatra about the country’s inability to dictate rubber prices on the world market.

President Jokowi, ‘Malam Minggu Miko’ and Love for Indonesian Films

Palembang – Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has claimed that he is still a fan of Indonesian films, despite having a new job now, as president.

Now from the West Coast comes an intriguing idea: a business venture called Aspiration, whose mission is to give middle-income families access to the same variety of investment vehicles that richer Americans have. Aspiration springs from the unusual mind of Andrei Cherny, who at 39 has already been the youngest White House speechwriter in history, an author and editor, prosecutor, business consultant and (unsuccessful) Democratic candidate for a couple of offices in Arizona.

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The Lake Harvest project in Kariba has attracted much-needed investment to Zimbabwe and is showing others how to implement sustainable practices.

A Zimbabwean fish farming project that began life in 1999 producing less than 2,500tn of tilapia per year has grown to become one of Southern Africa’s principal fish producers and a model for sustainable development.

With a staff of some 800 people, the Lake Harvest Aquaculture project on the eastern shores of Lake Kariba is now the largest sustainable fish farm in Africa and has rapidly become a crucial lynchpin of the local economy.

The facility spans more than 1,000ha including areas dedicated to fish rearing, feeding and processing, and there are plans to expand the site to around 1,200ha by 2015.

The project is owned by African Century Group, an investment company based in Mauritius that works predominantly in the food, property and financial services sectors. Its ownership structure has led to concerns that the company may fall foul of indigenisation regulations – these stipulate that all foreign-owned firms must cede at least 51% of their shareholding to Zimbabweans.

Staff from the Lake Harvest Aquaculture project declined to make a formal comment to The Africa Report. Located to the east of the Kariba Dam wall, the project, which began on a small scale, took off after being granted an $8m loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2011.

The capital injection allowed the company to grow rapidly. It now produces some 10,000tn of fish per year, while it is projected to contribute around $33m in government revenue by 2023, according to the AfDB.

Around 37% of annual production goes to the Zimbabwean market, with around 50% exported to the region: Zambia, Malawi, Angola, South Africa and DRC. Around 13% goes to Europe, providing much-needed foreign exchange revenue.

According to the AfDB, the total potential demand for tilapia in regional markets is 100,000tn per year, suggesting there is plenty of growth potential for the industry. Soaring demand has driven the firm to expand beyond Kariba, reported a manager at the farm on the condition of anonymity.

“We have now set up a depot in Harare, and we are also exporting to other countries as the demand for our product is growing every day, in and outside Zimbabwe,” he explained.