In this edition of Business Africa we delve into Nigeria’s campaign to persuade people to pay their taxes and kick their lawless habits; Djibouti cuts electricity prices to spark industrial development while Orange splashes big cash to boost Africa Internet Group’s growth plans.
Nigeria’s new tax drive
When Muhammadu Buhari was Nigeria’s military ruler some thirty years ago, he launched the infamous “war on indiscipline”; a no-nonsense moral crusade to clean up the country and combat corruption which often led to ruthless repression. But the campaign saw him gain a reputation for being honest and hard-working – characteristics Buhari now hopes will help convince Nigerians to pay their taxes to bring about change as Kenneth Karuri and Jean-David Mihamle report.
Djibouti’s development dreams
With little or to no refining capacity or any proven oil or gas reserves, electricity dominates “Djibouti’s energy landscape”;http://www.edd.dj/News.html?condition=611 but the cost of making it is severely harming industry and also investment. Our reporters Jean-David Mihamle and Kenneth Karuri look into the government’s plans to produce more cheaper electricity by harvesting wind and solar energy.
Orange lifts AIG’s expansion plans
Orange is set to increase its presence in Africa’s fast growing and increasingly lucrative e-commerce market. The French telecoms operator has agreed a multi-million euro deal with Africa Internet Group (AIG) which they hope will boost growth and make it easier for more people to business and shopping online. Kenneth Karuri and Jean-David Mihamle have more.