Jeremy Riro

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Jeremy Riro
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Managing Partner at Fie-Consult in Kenya; supporting investors & entrepreneurs across Africa through investments & business advisory.

The Strategic Building of the Sino-African Relations

Date: 1 February 2016

That Africa is becoming pro-China in terms of trade and economic ties is no longer a boardroom discussion but rather a strategically executed plan in the public domain. The growth in the Sino-African relations is evident by the rise in trade volumes between the two partners from US$10 billion in 2000 to about US$198 billion in 2012.

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Significance of Obama’s Visit to Kenya

Date: 21 July 2015

After six years of a long wait, the US President and “son of Kenya” is “coming back home” on July 24th 2015. When he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America on 20th January 2009, every Kenyan went into jubilation with high expectations of increased economic ties between the US and Kenya. Whether their expectations were met is a discussion for another day; but Barrack Obama is jetting into Kenya this month for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be hosted in Nairobi.

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Strong Dollar Poses Economic Dilemma in Emerging Markets

Date: 15 June 2015

When the dollar starts to gain ground, it comes as a double-edged sword for economies in the emerging markets. Generally a strong dollar means more expensive imports for the emerging markets especially from the US. On the other hand, this means that exports from the emerging markets become cheaper in the US and other countries which prefer making their payments in USD.

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Snapshot into Private Equity investments in Africa

Date: 11 June 2015

Going by the growing investment opportunities in emerging markets, their popularity with investors from the developed economies is not dying down any time soon. Most of the investors are looking for high returns that their mature markets cannot offer, and hence finding prime investments in the emerging markets.

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Strategy in Targeting Africa for Expanding Foreign Companies

Date: 15 May 2015

A recent survey done by The Economist Group on 217 companies from 45 different countries revealed that about 65% of them; intend to expand to Africa in the next one decade.  Growth potential in most African economies coupled with the peace dividend from democratization of most governments drive the renewed focus on Africa. However, as many companies seek to set shop here, they are missing out on the fundamentals that will assure them of sustained growth within the continent.

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The Economic Narrative of Terrorism in East Africa

Date: 14 April 2015

The recent university terror attack at Garissa on 2 April 2015 marked the highest number of deaths in one single terror attack in the history of Kenya. Surpassing the 67-recorded deaths in the Westgate attack on 21 September 2013, the 148 lives lost in Garissa went into records as the most horrible of all al shabaab attacks on Kenyan grounds. 

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Is The US Economy Heading Into Dangerous Territory?

Date: 8 April 2015

The year 2014 was a great year for the United States economy. However, the year 2015 hasn't been the same. While we are still not in dire straits, we're not seeing the consumer spending and job growth that we saw last year.

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East Africa mirrors West Africa’s Challenges to Impact Investing

Date: 26 March 2015

Gaining momentum since 2006, the impact investing concept is now 9 years old but it is yet to be well established in many emerging markets including East Africa. As opposed to the maturity expected of an industry after such a long period of time, this particular sector is still nascent in the region according to a report by Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).

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Falling global oil prices sparking Kenya’s economy to a vibrant growth

Date: 16 January 2015

Global oil prices are experiencing a free fall with the ultimate bottom resistance point predicted at $40 per barrel. Increased supply from all leading world oil producers is termed to be the core reason why we are experiencing the downward slide of the “black gold” prices. The ripple effect this has on the global economy has been accurately predicted to be a fall in fuel prices; which then leaves millions of consumers with additional savings to spend. 

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