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Entrepreneurship and Free Trade


Survey of impact of Covid-19 on African Trade Finance


Contemporary Issues in African Trade and Trade Finance


Contemporary Issues in African Trade and Trade Finance


Africa's 2020 Growth Prospects

COVID-19 and the Future of Work in Africa: Emerging Trend


The African Continental Free Trade Area in Era of Pessimism Over Multilateralism

Africa's 2020 Growth

Special Reports

Africa-Singapore Special 2019
A blooming partnership

Singapore-Africa 2014
Business Summit:

Making the Connection

Special Report 2018
The Singapore Experience, Africa-Asia Trade Finance Gap,  The AfroChampions Initiative

Singapore-Africa 2013
Start of a beautiful friendship

Singapore-Africa 2015
A Partnership for Progress

Recommended Readings

e-Conomy Africa 2020 Report



Source: International Finance Corporation (World Bank)


Nov 2020

The e-Conomy Africa 2020 report is a first-ever collaboration between IFC and Google in generating data and information that elaborates on Africa's internet landscape and its great potential. Also, it details how tech entrepreneurs are creating a resilient and transformative digital economy that is helping boost innovation, create jobs, and reduce poverty.

There are two versions of the report available for download:

1) Executive Summary

2) Full Report

5 years of digital transformation in Southeast Asia in 1 year

Source: Facebook, Bain&Company


Aug 2020

Although digital transformation has been underway for some time in Southeast Asia, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition. Due to social distancing measures, more people are adopting home-centric lifestyles and shopping for groceries, clothing, electronics, and furnishing online. 

Discover what are some of the consumer trends to take note of and the opportunities available in SEA's booming e-commerce landscape. 

Singapore Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam's speech at the Kofi A. Annan Eminent Speakers Lecture at the African Development Bank headquarters in Abidjan.

Source: African Development Bank Group

Nov 2019

Singapore's Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam spoke on “Inclusive Growth: Learning from Experience, Partnering for the Future” and “How Africa and Asia can work together for broad-based prosperity” 


Mr. Shanmugaratnam commended Africa's diverse economic potential and noted that with the right policies and linkages, Africa can become an indispensable global economic hub.Additionally, Mr. Shanmugaratnam outlined five strategies to underpin Africa’s transformation drive and efforts to build inclusive growth.