Improving business conditions in Africa

Business_Africa Research conference themed 'Improving economic business conditions in Africa'.A research conference themed 'Improving economic business conditions in Africa' took place last month (December)

The conference was organised by the University of Greenwich (London, UK) and the International Leadership Institute (Addis Ababa) and titled 'The New African Economic Renaissance'. It formed the third conference that the two institutions have held, bringing together leading researchers in the field, as well as students and industry analysts.

The specific areas explored at the conference included: foreign direct investment; modernisation; environmental issues; agriculture; education; technical and vocational education and training; and governance.

Dr Bruce Cronin, Head of the Department of International Business at the University of Greenwich Business School, talked about Chinese investment in East Africa. Stephen Thomas, Professor of Energy Studies at Greenwich, spoke about the ill-fated South African Pebble Bed Modular Nuclear Reactor. Other speakers talked about environmental education in primary schools in Ethiopia, corporate social responsibility in Kenya and the effectiveness of monetary policy in Nigeria.

Around 300 students are studying for University of Greenwich qualifications at the International Leadership Institute in Addis Ababa, including postgraduate degrees in International Business, Transformational Leadership & Change, and Business & Financial Economics, alongside a growing number of undergraduate degrees.

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