The future car buyers of Nigeria. Picture © Devesh Uba, all rights reserved. Africa is progressively shedding its image of a continent embroiled in poverty, corruption and never-ending wars. Yet the dramatic Ebola outbreak in Western Africa is a harsh reminder that the road to development is a long and tortuous one. Three years ago, I created the Africa Project to jump start the collection of new car sales data in a region that remains very secretive. From only a couple of countries in 2012, official sales data for Africa on BSCB now covers 23 nations, and its scope is expanding every month. New car sales on the continent are still for the most part in their infancy, making Africa the last frontier in terms of automotive development. If the economic growth we have witnessed in the past decade continues at the same rate, could Africa become the new China and replace it as the world automotive sales engine of growth? As is often the case in such … [Read more...] about STRATEGY: Is Africa the new China?
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Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Sep 26, 2018 WASHINGTON – The most compelling campaign in Michigan this fall may be out at the edge of Detroit's suburbs where a congressman who has represented the area in one way or another for most of the last 20 years faces a newcomer who, after being raised in the state, spent years in the nation’s capital at the Pentagon and at the White House. Theoretically, the race in the 8th Congressional District between U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, and Elissa Slotkin, his Democratic challenger, of Holly, should see Bishop with the clear advantage: The son of a former state senator, his family is familiar in the area. Bishop, 51, himself served 12 years in the state House, rising to become Senate majority leader. In the U.S. House since 2015, he sits on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and has private sector experience in real estate and as a lawyer. President … [Read more...] about Mike Bishop, Elissa Slotkin fight it out in a toss up