The third issue of African Business marks a departure for this respected guide to business and investment on the continent. The first two journals were published in 2020 and 2021 but as of 2022, African Business is a quarterly journal.

This affords our team more opportunities to bring to readers up-to-date information and opinions and offers our clients increased exposure at specific times of the year, either related to events and conferences or in conjunction with feature articles on specific topics.

Every edition will carry editorial copy that will cover the following general topics, with a wide range of subjects within the broader economic sector: energy; mining and exploration; trade; finance; technology and tourism.

As an example of the sorts of articles or opinion pieces that might be run under the last heading, topics could include freedom of movement, AfCFTA, its implications and progress, hotel groups, trends, airlines’ health/mergers, “freedom of the skies”, eco-tourism/conservation balance and case studies.

In addition to this, special features on topical matters will be published periodically, along with country profiles.

In this edition, the in-depth interview with Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza tackles current and controversial topics such as the recent court case in South Africa which brought a halt to offshore testing for oil and gas. The question of balancing economic development and conservation is one which all African countries are grappling with as the debate about reducing the carbon load intensifies.

Another article on a similar theme explores the complexity of the oil and gas market for investors while a British academic unpacks the results of the COP26 climate change conference for African countries.

Green hydrogen is in the spotlight as a possible solution, particularly as African countries are blessed with many of the minerals that can help in the process. There is also no shortage of wind and solar energy coursing over the continent and the article covers the major steps that are being taken in Namibia towards creating the hydrogen economy.

Digital advance is the theme of two further articles, one relating to retail and the other looking at general trends that can be expected in terms of technology on the continent in the year ahead.

In the shadow of Covid-19, the highly topical question of the future of African aviation is explored while two countries are profiled in this issue: Namibia and Lesotho.

The positive reception accorded the first two issues of African Business was encouraging and we are optimistic that this publication and future issues will continue to meet the need for timely and relevant information in an exciting time for African business.

Global African Network is a proudly African company which has been producing region-specific business and investment guides since 2004, including South African Business and Nigerian Business, in addition to its online investment promotion platform

John Young
Editor, African Business

Read or download African Business, Quarter 1 2022 HERE