African Horizon presents videos examining geopolitical, economic, financial and security developments across Africa.
NRCI founder Arne Elias Corneliussen visited 42 countries in Africa and he traveled on 10 overland fact-finding expeditions by public bus across 28 countries in western, southern and eastern Africa.
FOCAC 2021 and Future of China-Africa Relations
African Horizon: FOCAC 2021 and Future of China-Africa Relations Subscribe to Global Horizon: Global Horizon is NRCI´s YouTube Channel
In this program, NRCI CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen, examines the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, which was hosted in Dakar in Senegal this week, and he also looks at the future of China-Africa relations. How will China’s relationship with Africa develop in the future? Will China’s investments in Africa continue?
#AfricanHorizon is an NRCI original series. NRCI’s founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen presents his perspectives on geopolitical, economic, financial and security developments in Africa. In this program he examines the ongoing war in Ethiopia and regional implications.
Friday, December 2, 2021
Ethiopia: War and Regional Implications
African Horizon: Ethiopia: War and Regional Implications Subscribe to Global Horizon: https://lnkd.in/d7zAw6x
AfricanHorizon is an NRCI original series. NRCI´s founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen presents his perspectives on geopolitical, economic, financial and security developments in Africa. In this program he examines the ongoing war in Ethiopia and regional implications.
Friday, November 10, 2021
Railway Developments in West Africa
African Horizon: Railway Developments in West Africa Subscribe to Global Horizon: https://lnkd.in/d7zAw6x Global Horizon is NRCI´s YouTube Channel #GlobalHorizon Weekly Program Schedule: Asian Horizon – Every Monday Geopolitical Horizon – Every Wednesday African Horizon – Every Friday Request availability for speaking engagements and advisory sessions with NRCI founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen – email@example.com #AfricanHorizon is a weekly NRCI original series released every Wednesday. NRCI´s founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen presents his perspectives on geopolitical, economic, financial and security developments in Africa. #AfricanHorizon, #Railway, #Ghana, #BurkinaFaso, #WestAfrica, #SahelRegion
Friday, October 15, 2021
Prepare for Business in Africa and Find the Right Local Partner
In this program he examines how to prepare for business in Africa, and what to focus on to find a local partner. This video is useful for companies and investors that do not operate in Africa yet, but maybe you have started business research or you consider a specific investment and you are looking for a local partner.
When you look for a partner it is important to find someone who is humble and able to listen. Also, ensure that you find a local partner with an industrial and financial track record with the relevant business experience, management competence, and local network that will be important for your business over the long-term. Conduct proper risk assessments of any business proposition and business plan that a local partner presents to you, and you need to be on the ground to follow up developments from the beginning.
Friday, October 8, 2021
Telecom Sector Booming Across Africa
In this program he examines the booming telecom sector in Africa. Telecom providers across Africa made record number revenues during the Corona pandemic as many people were locked up home using internet and mobile broadband. In addition there is a growing ecosystem of industries and business sectors that grow rapidly with the rising telecom sector. However, despite this growth in the telecom sector this is still in the beginning – because almost 70 % of Africa´s population is not connected to broadband.
Africa´s total population is currently approaching 1,4 billion people, this will rise to 1,7 billion by 2030, 2,1 billion by 2040 and 2,5 billion by 2050. This provides a huge growth market for the telecom sector and this connected ecosystem of mobile financial providers, mobile payment systems, internet and telecom infrastructure providers and the internet economy. Therefore, now is the right time to explore business opportunities and invest in the booming telecom sector and related industries on the African continent.
Friday, October 1, 2021
A Realistic and Balanced Assessment of Chinese Infrastructure in Africa
In this program he provides a realistic and balanced assessment of Chinese infrastructure in Africa. Recently we received a range of questions about Chinese infrastructure in Africa, and therefore we decided to provide a new video assessing the importance of Chinese infrastructure projects across the African continent.
Western journalists and analysts continue to provide unbalanced articles and assessments of Chinese infrastructure projects across Africa. There is an urgent need to provide a reckoning with this unbalanced reporting. NRCI´s Founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen traveled on countless fact-finding expeditions by public bus across 30 countries in western, central, southern and eastern Africa to assess and understand infrastructure developments, economic and logistics corridors, urban and rural dynamics, and societal and tribal developments.
Across Africa there is an urgent need to develop infrastructure connectivity, roads, railways, energy infrastructure and urban and rural infrastructure. In recent years China´s infrastructure investments across Africa provided essential economic foundations for many African countries. Without China´s infrastructure investments in Africa – then the situation would be much worse than already experienced in many areas of Africa. Therefore, there is time for a more nuanced and realistic assessment of the importance of Chinese infrastructure in Africa.
Currently, those who provide the most realistic and useful articles and assessments of Chinese infrastructure projects across Africa are African journalists and analysts. In NRCI we follow African analysts, journalists and reporting with great interest.
Friday, September 23, 2021
Kenyan Waters Removed from High-Risk Area Category
In this program he explains how Kenyan waters were recently removed from the high-risk area category by BMP-5, which comprise the five largest global shipping industry associations. In 2009 Kenya was placed in this high-risk area category due to increased piracy activity. Recently there were no reported piracy incidents in this area. Removal from this high-risk area category will decrease risk insurance premiums, seafarer costs, and supply costs across East Africa.
Kenya´s removal from this high-risk category adds to a range of other important and positive steps taking place across Kenya with opening of the new Lamu Port in June, increased infrastructure investments across Kenya, new business developments and more foreign companies investing in Kenya.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Western Myths about Chinese Infrastructure Projects in Africa
In this program he debunks some western myths about Chinese infrastructure projects in Africa. A range of myths and wrong information float around about Chinese infrastructure investments on the African continent. A lot of Western journalists and analysts fail to provide a balanced and nuanced assessment about Chinese investments in Africa, particularly when it comes to who work on these projects – Chinese vs. African workers – and regarding the quality of projects.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Impact Investing in Africa
In this program he examines impact investing in Africa. An increasing amount of financial firms, banks, venture capital firms, private equity firms and other financial entities focus on impact investing in Africa founded on environmental, social and governance principles. A few aspects to consider regarding impact investing in Africa: Gain a solid understanding of the geographic area you want to focus on. Conduct considerable research into business sectors and markets to gain a strong understanding of local firms, entities and emerging companies focusing on ESG objectives.
Develop long-term relationships with local industrial and financial partners operating on the ground in Africa with a long industrial and financial track-record. Build dialogue with local stake holders who understand the intricacies of political, business, social and tribal developments in the region you want to focus on. Share and exchange knowledge about impact investing and listen carefully to local partners regarding how and in which areas impact investing may be most useful.
Conduct detailed, balanced and informed risk assessments. Examine both risks and opportunities and long-term political and economic trajectories. Infrastructure investments play an important role in driving poverty allevation and economic access. Assess future economic corridors, logistics clusters, special economic zones and other avenues driving long-term growth.
Friday, August 20 2021
Architecture and Urban Planning in Africa
In this program he examines architecture and urban planning opportunities in Africa. There are major growth and development opportunities across the African continent. Architecture, urban planning and design firms around the world considering opportunities in Africa should study African architects and African architectural traditions. Study how architecture is developed, how seasonal and climatic conditions impact architectural planning and foundations, and how local communities, resources and the earth form a central part in African architectural traditions.
There is major development with new residential housing, tourism facilities and resorts, commercial buildings, hotels, museums, shopping malls, airports, urban planning projects etc currently developed across Africa – this provides interesting and profitable opportunities for architects, urban planners, designers and real estate investors.
For architecture, urban planning and design students around the world who consider moving to Africa to work – now is a unique time as there will be major growth across the African continent in the coming years and decades. Conduct research into architecture firms and local architecture, regulations, laws, local conditions, tenders and the various phases architectural, building and urban planning projects go through and study how they work and operate.
Friday, August 13 2021
Western Media Coverage of Africa
In this program he examines Western media coverage of Africa. Newspapers, news channels and media houses across Europe and North America should increase, sharpen and deepen their focus on Africa, and provide more informative, nuanced and insightful news coverage of a range of fields across the African continent. That could include business developments, finance, investment opportunities, politics, logistics, infrastructure, real estate developments, architecture, urban planning, arts, design, fashion, lifestyle, nature, cultures, society, environmental issues, education, science and geographic issues etc.
When newspapers, media houses and news channels across Europe and North America provide more informed, nuanced, and insightful news stories from a range of areas as here suggested that will inspire more business people, investors, entrepreneurs and people from other fields to travel and consider opportunities in Africa.
Newspapers, news channels and media houses in Europe and North America play an important role in providing credible, nuanced and informed news stories from a wide range of areas to educate and inform people so they gain a thoughtful, intelligent and knowledge-based understanding of African countries.
Friday, August 6 2021
SADC to Deploy Standby Force in Cabo Delgado
In this program he examines SADC´s decision to establish a standby force in Cabo Delgado to quell the terrorist movement which attacked villages and cities there since October 2017. SADC did not decide the size and timeline of the operation. However, SADC will most likely send a force with 1000 – 5000 troops and the operation may last for years. Mozambique´s government must form a larger and broader economic, political and societal strategy to develop Cabo Delgado and northern Mozambique. Because a military operation alone will not change the situation in Cabo Delgado where high poverty levels pose a major challenge in daily life.
Friday, June 25 2021
Ivory Coast - Political Situation and Risk Dynamics
In this program he examines the return of Laurent Gbagbo to the Ivory Coast in West Africa after his acquittal by the ICC. Gbagbo´s return provides an opportunity for national reconciliation, but may also trigger further protests, violence and potentially a new civil war. Therefore, the Ivory Coast is at a critical point now.
National reconciliation is only possible if Gbagbo and current president Alassane Ouattara meet and form a national reconciliation process through dialogue. Conversely, if Gbagbo and Ouattara do not form a national dialogue of reconciliation, then current tensions may cement and create an uncontrollable risk spiral.
Friday June 18, 2021
North Africa Economic Corridor
In this program he shares some reflections on what he thinks should become a North Africa Economic Corridor stretching from Egypt across Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and to Morocco. The governments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco should develop a strategic economic corridor in collaboration with international financial partners, energy companies, industrial companies and infrastructure companies.
A North Africa Economic Corridor could include a high-speed railway, highway, pipelines, special economic zones, logistics clusters, energy projects and smart sustainable cities. This North Africa Economic Corridor could also be connected by economic corridor extensions southwards to eastern, central and western Africa. This economic corridor would transform North Africa into an economic growth region.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Egypt - Infrastructure Projects and Strategic Thinking
In this program he reflects on new infrastructure projects in Egypt. In recent years Egypt built a second Suez Canal; started building a New Administrative Capital & a high speed railway which will stretch 1000 kms from El Alamein via the New Administrative Capital to Al Sokhna by the Suez Canal; a new Suez Canal Economic Zone with foreign investments; and a new Grand Egyptian Museum.
Arne Elias Corneliussen suggests Egypt should initiate an economic corridor through Sudan & South Sudan to East Africa to drive economic growth in southern & central Egypt; and to develop north Egypt & North Africa – he proposes that Egypt advocates for a North African Economic Corridor from Egypt to Morocco. In conclusion he suggests an economic corridor from Egypt to the Middle East by building a bridge from Sinai via the Tiran Island to Saudi Arabia.
Friday, June 4, 2021
Real Estate Opportunities in Africa
In this program he shares some thoughts on real estate opportunities across Africa. First consider the region, country or countries you want to invest in whether it is north, central, east, west or southern Africa. Now is a buyer’s market and if you represent an asset management, investment or private equity firm do careful examination of laws, regulations and tax laws and if you look for a local partner then find someone who is humble with a strong financial, real estate and industrial track record who knows the local area well and understands the environment.
In the event you represent a commercial real estate company or investor and if you consider entering the shopping mall market or other commercial real estate opportunities then carefully examine the urban environments or cities you want to invest in, and ensure that you understand the flow of the cities, how the markets function, the future growth trajectory, and perhaps learn from others who invested before you. If you are a private person or a family considering buying a vacation home or an apartment there are also many opportunities – then you may contact real estate agencies. There are many emerging growth regions now across Africa which experience major investments, therefore a range of opportunities emerge.
Friday, May 28, 2021
Infrastructure and Logistics in Kenya, Uganda, DRC and South Sudan
In this program he examines infrastructure developments across Kenya, Uganda and into DRC and South Sudan. Recently Kenya and Uganda reached an agreement to extend the railway from Malaba along the Kenya – Uganda border to Kampala in Uganda. Today the railway extends from Mombasa along the Kenyan coastline to Nairobi and onwards to the Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD) and from there they will build a link railway to the existing railway station in Longonot.
Currently they are upgrading the 460 km old railway from Longonot to Malaba by the border with Uganda. From Tororo along the Malaba – Kampala railcorridor – Uganda with partners will build a railway to Gulu in northern Uganda where there is a logistics hub. From Gulu they could also build an additional railway corridor into South Sudan in the future to reach Juba. Uganda also plans to build a railway from Kampala onwards to Kasese near the border with DRC. There are also concrete plans to build roads from Uganda into DRC. That connect with the railway corridor built from Kenya. This enables logistics to be transported from Mombasa in Kenya through Uganda and into DRC. These infrastructure plans will take approximately 5 years to complete and will drive economic growth in the future.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Ports, Logistics and Supply Chain Corridors in Southern Africa
In this program he examines various ports, logistics operations and supply chain corridors in Southern Africa – particularly in Mozambique, South Africa and Namibia. What considerations should you make when planning your logistics operations? How is the security situation from the port to your logistics destination? Do you have alternative ports and supply chain corridors in mind? What should you consider when selecting your logistics partner? These are some of the questions he reflects on in this program.
Friday, May 14, 2021
Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan Opens New Era
In this program he shares his reflections on recent developments in Tanzania and East Africa after Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn into office on March 19. She already signed deals with Uganda and Kenya after only seven weeks in office. He examines the recent energy and infrastructure deals she signed with President Museveni in Uganda and President Kenyatta in Kenya this week. He also examines the need to build a security buffer zone along Tanzania´s border with Mozambique as Tanzania and partners probably start development on a new LNG facility near Lindi in southern Tanzania next year.
Friday, May 7, 2021
West to East Africa Economic Corridor
In this program he shares his reflections on the need to develop an economic corridor from West Africa to East Africa. This corridor could be developed from Senegal and Guinea in West Africa across Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and then connect into emerging economic corridors in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania to the East African coastline. He recommends that African governments enter into discussions with international financial institutions, construction companies, railway companies and companies with considerable experience in developing large infrastructure corridors in Africa. In addition he recommends that such a West to East Africa economic corridor also should include special economic zones and logistics clusters with manufacturing zones.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Kenya - Lamu Port - Infrastructure and Economic Growth
In this program he examines the opening of Lamu Port in northeastern in Kenya in June this year. Lamu Port is part of a wider economic corridor – Lamu Port – South Sudan – Ethiopia – Transport (LAPSSET) which connects Lamu Port with newly built roads across northern Kenya to South Sudan and Ethiopia. Road development continues in some parts of the corridor. There are also plans to build a pipeline and railway corridor. This opens up an important network of transportation and economic corridors in northern Kenya which connects into South Sudan and Ethiopia, driving economic growth in the future. This initiative is particularly important because northern Kenya lacks infrastructure, and thus this new LAPSSET Corridor provides new infrastructure and economic development in this region.
Friday, April 23, 2021
Nigeria - Risk Landscape and Infrastructure Plans
In this program he examines key railway projects under development in Nigeria connecting Lagos with the southern coastline to Calabar in southeastern Nigeria. In addition there is a railway project to connect Lagos to Kano in northern Nigeria, and another railway project planned from Kano to Maradi in southern Niger. There are also railway plans to connect Lagos with Apapa Port and Tin Can Island Port – the two largest ports in Lagos. These railway projects connect Niger and the northern regions in Nigeria to Lagos and onwards to Apapa Port and Tin Can Island Port enabling shipping and logistics connections.
Friday, April 16, 2021
Risk Assessment - The Nile River Dam Crisis
In this program he provides a risk assessment of the key dynamics in the Nile river dam crisis. He explains how the geography of the Nile River and the demographics of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia influence the current Nile river dam crisis in northeast Africa.
Friday,, April 9, 2021
Mozambique - Cabo Delgado & Regional Analysis
In this program NRCI’s founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen examines the deteriorating situation in Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique with last week’s attack in Palma. He also examines the wider regional implications and forecasts what needs to happen going forward.
Friday, April 2, 2021
Suez Canal Blocked
In this program NRCI’s founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen examines implications of the blocked Suez Canal, after the megaship Ever Given drifted and got stuck on Tuesday this week.
Friday, March 26, 2021
Political Developments in Libya
In this program NRCI’s founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen examines political developments in Libya.
Friday,, March 19, 2021
Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Tanzania
In this program NRCI’s founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen examines energy and infrastructure projects in Tanzania, and their regional connections in East Africa.
Friday,, March 12, 2021
Chinese Infrastructure Investments in Africa
In this premiere program NRCI’s founder and CEO Arne Elias Corneliussen shares some of his experiences from traveling overland by public bus across 28 countries in western, southern and eastern Africa and based on those experiences he provides his perspectives on the importance of Chinese infrastructure investments in Africa.
Friday, March 5, 2021