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Chasing the African Union dream of an industrialised continent

By Ben Oduor It was in 1999 when African heads of state and governments felt the need to have a more robust continental Union. The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) had at the time spent 36 years fighting for independence and an end to apartheid rule. It was time to focus on ‘an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.’ Thus the African Union was birthed. But 19 years later, mixed reactions are shared about its scorecard. While a…

Kenyan land market surges despite tough economic times

The county land survey also identified several spots where land prices appear to have overheated, only to sink thereafter, among them Thika, where land prices rose by more than 30 per cent in 2016, only to fall by more than 4 per cent last year, in the biggest price fall of the year.

Username calls for inclusive zoning

The current housing shortage in the country stands at 2 million units. The proposed housing agenda is set to create 500,000 low-income housing units by 2022, which still leaves a deficit of one and a half million housing units.

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20 year-old Zimbabwean’s vision for Africa’s aerospace

By Ben Oduor Henry Ford, the American industrialist who founded Ford Motor Company said, “The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.” Evan Carmichael, a consultant training entrepreneurs on best business practices, advises: “You may have great business ideas but if you never take any action on them, you have nobody but yourself to blame.” Farai…

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Barclays Bank Launch Virtual Banking Product For Youthful Population

Barclays Bank Kenya (BBK) has launched a new virtual banking product specifically for the Small and Medium Enterprise business.  Timiza, a mobile-based virtual account enables customers and non-customers to access banking services directly from their phones. The product is targeted at the youthful population running or wish to start businesses and need quick access to capital keep their business going.

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