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Outsourcing for Africa

Ghanaian businesswoman Estelle Akofio-Sowah once considered a career in politics before deciding that she could do more for her country’s economy by becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Estelle Akofio-Sowah

The Internet-provider business that she launched in Accra in 2001 has gone on to become one of Africa’s most important “incubators” of new web-based companies in both Ghana and beyond, helping create badly needed jobs and promoting development.

Often requiring relatively low capital investment, such new service industries employing Internet technologies offer high potential for economic development and social advancement and can significantly contribute to the growth of Africa’s economies.But governments frequently overlook the needs of trade in services when setting economic priorities and even companies can fail to spot available export opportunities. Keep reading →

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When obvious isn't obvious

A quiz doing the rounds a while ago required just four correct answers from nine simple questions to prove that you possess decent general knowledge. The questions go like this:

General knowledge

  1. How long did the Hundred Years War last?
  2. Which country makes Panama hats?
  3. From which animal do we get catgut?
  4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
  5. What is a camel’s hair brush made of?
  6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
  7. What was King George VI’s first name?
  8. What color is a purple finch?
  9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from?

(answers at the end of the column)

Don’t feel bad if you only get one answer right. Keep reading →

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