Cape Town, South Africa - ISI attended African Utility Week, where discussions with a number of companies in generation, transmission, distribution, renewables, and finance, provided a good indicator of the current state of the power sector in Africa.
Washington, DC – ISI’s Managing Director, Ross Ensor, and Client Services Director, Ian Oliver, attended a reception and dinner with the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, Martin Dahinden, at the Swiss Residence to discuss de-risking infrastructure investments around the world.
Washington, DC – Representatives of ISI were in attendance at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, academics and private sector executives to discuss issues focused around the global economy and international development.
Washington, DC – ISI’s Managing Director, Ross Ensor, and Client Services Director, Ian Oliver, attended a reception with the Hon. Akinwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, where he shared the Bank's vision and progress on the "High 5s.”
Over the last decade, many economists have argued that markets in Africa are booming. Now confronting the possibility of the “commodity super cycle” collapsing, a few economists have surmised that the sub-Saharan “Africa rising” narrative of the past decade is ready for its curtain call. We believe the reality lies more in the middle ground between these two narratives.
Sub-Saharan Africa should, by any measure, be a global agricultural powerhouse. But governments’ inability or unwillingness to invest in agriculture and the infrastructure necessary to bring it to market has prevented the continent from reaching its potential. Slowly but surely, however, things are changing.
Anyone browsing a statistical table on sub-Saharan Africa will see one country stand out in nearly every area - South Africa is easily the continent’s wealthiest and most developed country. That said, most of the recent news out of South Africa is disheartening. What does it all mean for a business looking at South Africa as a gateway to the continent?
The American Boiler Manufacturers Association, the oldest national manufacturing trade association in America, invited ISI's Ian Oliver, to speak about opportunities in Africa for its members at its annual summer meeting in Lake Tahoe.
ISI Consultants is pleased to announce that it has partnered with The Intercultural Management Institute at The American University in Washington, D.C. (IMI) to provide its clients with training programs that prepare employees at every level of an organization to perform more effectively across geographic, linguistic, and cultural divides.
Looking broadly, Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic picture in 2016 is going to be a relatively grim one, particularly in light of the past 15 years’ robust growth. However, the picture is not entirely bleak.
Ian Oliver, Client Services Director at ISI Consultants, was invited to speak at the 17th annual conference of the Intercultural Management Institute at The American University in Washington D.C. on March 10th.
U.S. Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, has appointed ISI Consultants’ Managing Director, Ross Ensor, to serve a second four-year term on the District Export Council in Washington D.C. Mr. Ensor was originally appointed to the Export Council in 2012 based upon his knowledge and experience from over 20 years of international business experience, working with U.S. companies to export their products and services to over 80 countries around the world.
Even casual observers of sub-Saharan Africa are aware of the often explosive growth seen across the continent over the past decade. Since 2014, however, the continent’s economic growth has fallen somewhat back to Earth. That said, the picture for 2016 is far from bleak.
This year’s POWER-GEN International conference, which took place on December 6th – 10th in Las Vegas, truly was an ‘international’ event with over 20,000 attendees from 111 countries. ISI consultants was pleased to be invited to host a panel on How to Succeed in Africa.
The continued upward trajectory of the China-Africa relationship looks more in doubt than at any time in recent memory. On both sides of the equation, the bloom is off the rose; both Africans and Chinese are starting to see their partners’ warts and flaws more clearly.
Despite its robust growth over the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa will not make real progress toward ending poverty and sparking sustainable development until it can provide its citizens reliable access to electricity. For potential investors and companies in the power generation sphere, this situation poses both immense opportunities but also innumerable potential pitfalls.
As part of ISI Consultant's educational program for Economic Development Organizations and in support of the National Export Initiative, ISI presented a training workshop at the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), for small business owners interested in starting or expanding into international markets.
Sub-Saharan Africa is undergoing an urbanization boom that could see the region emerge as the world’s most urbanized region by 2050. At present, roughly 40 percent of Africans (south of the Sahara) live in urban areas, defined loosely as cities and large towns, as well as their surrounding areas. For a continent that was almost entirely rural at the start of the 20th century, this growth is remarkable, putting it ahead of India and nearly on par with China. And it is predicted to continue; some estimates see Africa as 70 percent urban by 2050.
Businesses around the world—including Europe and the United States—often use political party donations as a means by which to win influence and get an edge on potential competitors. The potential benefits are obvious. However, the party funding game is one fraught with minefields.
Despite low oil prices, this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which took place on May 4th–7th in Houston, was the largest show in the conferences’ 47-year history. As the leading forum for the offshore oil and gas industry, there were strong signs of a resilient industry despite some tremendous challenges.
ISI Consultants was pleased to organize a networking evening with the International Trade Administration and the District Export Council, Washington DC at the South African Embassy. The event brought together over 250 business leaders from around the country to talk with Ambassadors to the U.S. from South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Angola and Ghana as well as representatives from the Embassy of Mozambique about the tremendous opportunities that their countries have to offer for U.S. companies.
Sub-Saharan Africa contains investment opportunities for US firms in a nearly limitless number of sectors—extractives, power generation, financial services, infrastructure…you name it. However, perhaps the most pressing problem faced by the private sector in Africa (both domestic and international firms) is the scarcity of skilled workers.
The Ambassadors to the U.S. from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania came together at the Ethiopian Embassy on February 3rd with a combined voice, and their message to the more than 200 business leaders attending was loud and clear: “We are ready for your business to come to Africa.”
If your firm is looking to commence or expand operations in Africa, there is a good chance you will want to establish a local base of operations. Your choice could be a simple one. However, if you are looking for a base for regional or even Pan-African operations, then you must do a bit more thinking about where you end up.
Africa consists of more than 50 countries, with over 1 billion people speaking somewhere between 1,500 and 3,000 different languages (not to mention 8,000 dialects) and using over 45 different currencies! So, it’s easy to see why doing business in Africa might seem overwhelming to many U.S. businesses.