Africa - the hopeful continent

I always love to hear some good news about Africa and this article by The Economist is indeed hopeful. Although there is still much wrong, business is booming and international business interest in Africa is optomistic. Over the past decade six of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries were...
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International Marriage

I found this article by The Economist very interesting as I have often wondered what the success rate of Interntional or Cross-cultural marriages is in comparison to same cultural marriages. My thoughts have always been that marriage with someone who grew up down the road is hard enough let alone...
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U.S. Senator, Democrat Chris Coons, calls Africa "A Continent of Tremendous Opportunity"

       Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat who chairs the African Affairs Subcommittee in the U.S. Senate recently joined with U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah to recruit more American business investment for Africa.Calling Africa a "...
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African elections during 2012

The election schedule in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012This year looks to be a full one in terms of political elections taking place across Africa. Numerous countries will be going to the polls in 2012 including Senegal, Ghana and Angola. These elections will no doubt be watched closely by the...
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Cultural training - Awareness is the key to international success for companies and expats.

 One of the most important and overlooked factors for international  relocation success to foreign markets is cultural awareness.Cultural awareness refers to the ability to appreciate and learn about different cultural values and customs of a foreign country.What may be normal and...
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Working in Africa

Recently Geremie Sawadogo of the World Bank surveyed 200 international aid workers in Sub-Saharan Africa and discovered what the top 5 cultural challenges of working in Africa with Africans are, namely:1) the way time is used and perceived2) hierarchy and family lineage3) relationship building4)...
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Multinational corporations are focussing on emerging markets

A new survey report from Cartus has found that multinational corporations are focusing on the opportunities represented by the countries they consider to be emerging markets.In the relocation context these locations would be ones with infrastructure, talent or administrative difficulties...
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5 key inhibitors to reaching company relocation objectives

Five key issues inhibiting companies from reaching their employee relocation and business objective has recently been reported by itled Brookfield Global Relocation Services. The information was garnered through interviews with many global mobility leaders in Europe and the US and was featured as a...
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Moving Guide - checklist for expats arriving in a new country

New Location ChecklistSelect permanent accommodationIf renting, review lease agreement, sign and arrange for payment of necessary depositIf purchasing, review offer to purchase, sign and make necessary arrangements for payment of deposit, guarantees, bond approval and transferInform household goods...
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Moving Guide - checklist for expats relocating abroad

Old Location ChecklistThe key to a good international move is planning. This means deciding what to take, what to dispose of and sorting out the paperwork. One thing you can be certain of – it will take longer than you think! The more you do in advance, the smoother your move will go. You will have...
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