Breaking the myth of Chinese debt trap in Africa

Chinese lending to Africa has increased fivefold since 2010. A 15-year lending spree has made Beijing the most significant source of finance for the continent. It has also been accused of dragging African borrowers into a debt trap. But how accurate is that narrative? Eric Olander, Editor-in-Chief of the China Global South Project discussed this. 

Indonesian students win the Singapore Business Case Competition x African Challenge 2024

Owen Nigel Tjiptarahardja, Raphael Tandiono, Mathew Marchel Lim, and Benedict Gautama Utama win cash and an all-expense paid trip to Ghana.

Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

The High Commission of Rwanda organised a panel discussion themed, Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The event commemorated the mass extermination of over a million Tutsis in 100 days, thirty years ago.

How to win trust when doing business in Africa

Africa has become a centre for business opportunities and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Lack of understanding of Africa, its history and its own unique business culture often comes in the way of establishing a strong partnership. To address this, a workshop was conducted by Taiwan-based Cameroonian psychology and business communications expert Dr Ebede Ndi.


Centre Director presents a 10-Year economic roadmap for Nigeria in Lagos

Amit Jain presented the report published by the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies to an audience of over 300 executives, policymakers, and guests in Lagos, Nigeria. 

How to evaluate risk when investing in Africa

Irrespective what sector of business you are, developing a data-supported risk assessment strategy is the first step towards making an informed investment decision. Ronak Gopaldas conducted an intensive workshop on how to evaluate risk when investing in Africa and map a robust risk-reward framework. 

Will China remain the preferred partner for Africa?

Ronak Gopaldas discussed if Beijing can maintain its status as the preferred partner of choice for Africa, amid increasing geopolitical competition for the continent's resources. 

Financial flows in Africa

At the Erudite Series of talks on the Future of Africa, Centre Director Amit Jain, along with Dr. Kouassi Yeboua, delve into the impact of foreign direct investments, diaspora bonds, and tax treaties on enabling financial flows to and from Africa. This discussion coincides with the release of an outstanding thematic paper by ISS Africa on the same subject.

NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies publishes a 10-year economic roadmap for Nigeria

Centre Director, Amit Jain launches the report to a full house. This is the first time that a Singapore-based think tank has delivered a policy recommendation report for an African state.

Centre Director Amit Jain steers a panel discussion at ASBF 2023

Discussion shines light on the manufacturing and consumer goods sector in Africa.

The economic diversification of Nigeria

A stimulating evening of discussion on the challenge of economic diversification of Nigeria with Dr. Zainab Usman, Director of Africa Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 


Centre Director Amit Jain conducts a workshop for South African officials

Amit Jain conducted a half-day workshop on the potential of blue economy in Africa for a group of 18 senior-mid level South African officials from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) who were in Singapore on a study tour at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The economic prospect of the Blue Economy in Africa

Amit Jain makes a presentation for diplomats of small island and coastal states at the Clingendael Institute.

NBS girls beat 132 students to win the Singapore Business Case Competition x African Challenge 2023

Freshmen Rui Ying, Cindrea and Megan win cash an all-expense paid trip to Nigeria.


Establishing Singapore as an African trade and investment hub

The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies makes a case for Singapore to establish itself as an African trade and investment hub with Dr Robert Besseling, CEO of Pangea-Risk.

Business in Africa

Amit Jain, Director of NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies makes a compelling presentation on why Africa should be considered a market of hope and opportunity, not despair and despondency in this webinar organised by the Singapore Business Federation.

Investment ready projects in Africa - AfDB presentation

The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies holds a virtual presentation where the African Development Bank (AfDB) will showcase a list of 32 bankable projects that need private sector investments. Sectors include agriculture, energy, infrastructure, healthcare, hospitality, ICT, logistics and natural resources.


Sub-Saharan Africa: A new shock and little room to manoeuvre

The economic recovery made by Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in 2021 surprised the world even as it struggled to deal with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, however, that progress has been jeopardized by rising food prices and inflation. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has delivered yet another shock to the region, that from which it may be far more difficult to bounce back. NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies and Hany Abdel-Latif of the International Monetary Fund discuss the latest economic outlook for SSA.


Developing enhanced agricultural value chains in Africa

The  African Development Bank (AfDB) joins hands with the NTU- SBF Centre for African Studies to conduct a virtual ‘roundtable’ with key stakeholders in Asia and Africa to help unpack the challenge of raising agricultural productivity, mitigate risks and promote the development of agricultural value chains.

Investing in Africa's infrastructure

Africa requires anything between US$68bn to US$108bn in finance to bridge its infrastructure deficit. Securing private sector funding has never been as challenging as it is now. Lack of sufficient information on investment opportunities, coupled with the perception of high risks also contributes to the challenge. The NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD discuss how you can invest in Africa's infrastructure.

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