Okan ponders on the role of PPPs in infrastructure development in Jeune Afrique

May 7, 2018

PPPs can foster infrastructure development in Africa and represent attractive investment opportunities for businesses. However, companies must be patient and demonstrate an continuous commitment to the countries hosting them.

Okan discusses risk perception in the continent in Jeune Afrique

March 7, 2018

The numerous success stories demonstrate that the perceived risk of investing in Africa is much higher than the real risk.

Okan talks about the benefits of smart protectionism in Jeune Afrique

December 15, 2017

If protectionism can foster industrialization in Africa, measures must be finely tuned so as not to be counterproductive or detrimental to consumers.

Okan discusses the debt challenge in Jeune Afrique

October 24, 2017

To improve public finances, African states need to diversify their economies, foster the emergence of strong local financial institutions, and increase tax collection rates.

Okan talks about the capacity game in specific industrial sectors in Jeune Afrique

July 11, 2017

To resist in the middle of the price wars that sometimes occur in capacity-based industries, such as the flour mill or the cement industries, companies can focus on non-cost competitiveness and on downstream integration.

Okan discusses the challenges faced in the health sector in Jeune Afrique

May 15, 2017

The overhaul of the African health sector is a monumental challenge. It is up to the States to invest massively, with discernment and method, and up to the private sector to support their action, by inventing innovative solutions fit for continent.

Okan ponders on different economic development models in Jeune Afrique

April 11, 2017

The successes of Morocco, Mauritius and Ethiopia, which are mainly based on long periods of political stability and the diversity of their economies, can inspire other countries of the continent.

Okan discusses congestion issues and urban planning in Jeune Afrique

March 16, 2017

Investing in public transports, developing new roads, densifying inhabited areas, etc. many solutions exist to face the colossal challenge of urban development in Africa.

Okan talks about the potential of the solar industry in Africa in Le Monde

February 1, 2017

While the potential of renewable energies in Africa is immense, there is still a major challenge: integrating intermittent energies into power grids that do not tolerate instability.

Okan talks about French companies’ strategy in Africa in La Tribune

November 28, 2016

To regain market shares on the African continent, French companies should adopt a three-pronged approach: innovation, frugality and Africanization