Category Archives: Africa

Competition a major concern for Middle East and Africa transportation execs

In the disparate commercial region that comprises the Middle East and Africa, the fear of emerging competition is the top business concern for executives across the transporta­tion industry, according to the 2016 Willis Towers Watson Transportation Risk Index. Continue reading →

Sub-Saharan Africa: Insurance’s New Frontier?

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is not only fascinating for tourists, but it has started to get serious attention from the insurance industry as well. Indeed, insurance companies are starting to look at SSA with both interest and caution. Africa’s economy has … Continue reading →

Kenya is Open for Business — Will Opportunities Outweigh Risks?

Kenyan business

President Obama’s recent trip to East Africa raised the profile of the region’s economic powerhouse. Kenya, the continent’s tech-hub, is now seen as Africa’s answer to Silicon Valley. Even so, the benefits from business growth and innovation have not reached … Continue reading →

Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History – What Businesses Need to Know

Ebola Outbreak Map

The World Health Organisation has called emergency talks to deal with the most deadly Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen. Continue reading →

Our Scariest Terrorism Risk – Spread of the Terrorist Threat

Scariest risks 2014

What has been striking in the more exposed regions of the world is the speed, fluidity and spread of threats to people. In Mexico and Venezuela, for example, we have noted a continued increase in ‘express kidnaps’ in which local … Continue reading →

Ebola Virus Now a Threat to Global Peace and Security

On Thursday 18th September, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa officially mutated, in the eyes of the United Nations and the President of the United States, from being a medical emergency to a threat to global security. In the words … Continue reading →

Does Africa Remain a Top Emerging Opportunity for Business?

Africa in Nutshell

Does Africa remain a top emerging opportunity for business? Where are the next BRIC opportunities? Are corporations ready? Are Ebola and Boko Haram deal breakers? Continue reading →

Terrorism in Kenya – Situation Update

Nairobi bombing May 16

The tempo, targeting and geographical extent of the terrorist threat in Kenya point to the prospect of further attacks (including abductions) in the short to medium term in spite of considerable counter-terrorism efforts by Kenya and the international community. Continue reading →

Video: Reinsurance Trends in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa

Spotlight: Maurice Williams

In this interview Maurice Williams, who is Managing Director of Willis Re for Asia Pacific, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (APMETA), outlines the dynamics driving the reinsurance markets in those regions. Continue reading →

What Effect Will the Kidnapping Have on Nigeria?

The eyes of the world are on Nigeria, as Boko Haram’s kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls unites the world in condemnation—even revulsion. But if that terrorist group thought their crime would derail Nigeria’s progress toward modernization and prosperity, they seriously … Continue reading →