Company News – June ’17

Short Courses in Hospitality and Tourism

On Thursday 14th June Clare and Alastair attended the launch of Short Courses in Hospitality and Tourism at LIBES, http://www.libescollege.edu.zm.  With tourism being central to the Livingstone economy it is good to see initiatives like this.

LIBESEDBI Conference – Livingstone

May 15-19th, Clare attended the “Ease of Doing Business Initiative (EDBI) Conference” at the Avani Hotel, Livingstone; http://www.edbiafrica.org/zambia/about-edbi/. She was supporting Victor Njakwa and his Chitenge Shoes business who were exhibiting throughout the conference.

EDBI Livingstone

Better business opportunities in Macron’s France?

On 14/15 May, Alastair was in Paris for a QALIS meeting (https://www.qalis.eu/?page_id=51) and for a series of discussions with policy experts on prospects for the Macron presidency. He also took time out to support his daughter Carolyn and her fiancé, Carlos, who are about the launch themselves into a series of 12 Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding (SUP) marathons on their home-made (from plastic water bottles) boards to raise awareness of the huge problem of plastic in the ocean. The photo is from the SUP regatta on the Marne in which they were participating.

Carolyn in Paris

Working with Yaleo

Clare has been working with Yalelo, Zambia’s largest Tilapia fish farm. The relaunched website includes creative recipes for Zambians. For information on where to buy tilapia; www.yalelo.com

Yalelo

Legal Indaba

In April 2017, Alavan provided pro bono advice on attracting advertising revenue for the relaunch of the Zambian legal journal Legal Indaba.     http://www.legalindaba.org/

 

Chitenge Shoes – local manufacture

Victor Njakwe is a skilled leather worker based in Livingstone. Clare has been assisting him as he develops his business. This has included some training in pricing and general finance, helping in the design of his product for the tourist market and identifying sales opportunities.Chitenge sandals

 

Bajaj Bikes in Zambia

Alavan assisted in the successful raising of a short-term loan for Bajaj Zambia https://web.facebook.com/BajajZambia/?_rdc=1&_rdr.

 

 

Media – June ’17

Implications of Brexit negotiations – Radio Sputnik 

On 15 June, Alastair was interviewed on Radio Sputnik about the implications for the Brexit negotiations of the UK’s election outcome.

 

Le Pen probability underestimated

On 17 April 2017, Alastair updated his thoughts on French election prospects on CNBC.

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000610531&play=1

Zuma hits 75

On 12 April 2017, Alastair gave an interview on CNBC reflecting on recent developments in South Africa and investors’ tendency to underestimate Jacob Zuma’s ability to survive in office.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/12/jacob-zuma-likely-stays-in-power-despite-south-africas-weak-economic-outlook-political-analyst.html

Trump strikes at Assad

7 April 2017, Alastair offered first impressions of Donald Trump’s decision to launch a cruise missile strike against the Assad regime in Syria to ET Now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e1BO23Hcas

Recent Publications – June ’17

The new neocons and the Middle East

On 20 April, Global Policy and Arab Digest, two journals with which Alastair is associated, jointly published the hyperlinked article which is the latest chapter in a forthcoming e-book ‘The Future of the Middle East’, issuing initially in installments. In it, Alastair argues, with special reference to the Middle East, that there are some parallels between what seems to be happening presently inside the Trump Administration and the shifting dynamics inside the Administration of George W Bush which led to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/20/04/2017/new-neocons-and-middle-east

More on North Korea

On 5 April 2017, Global Policy published Alastair’s latest thoughts on tensions on the Korean peninsula and possible forward trajectories there — http://www.globalpolicyjournal.com/blog/05/04/2017/north-korea-us-unilateral-action-or-deeper-sino-us-cooperation. Alastair argued that, although the military option against North Korea cannot be ruled out, it looked unlikely to be pursued by the US for now. Rather, more sanctions and, possibly, diplomacy appear to be the more immediate prospects.

EDBI Conference – Livingstone

May 15-19th, Clare attended the “Ease of Doing Business Initiative (EDBI) Conference” at the Avani Hotel, Livingstone; http://www.edbiafrica.org/zambia/about-edbi/. She was supporting Victor Njakwa and his Chitenge Shoes business who were exhibiting throughout the conference.

EDBI Livingstone

Better business opportunities in Macron’s France?

On 14/15 May, Alastair was in Paris for a QALIS meeting (https://www.qalis.eu/?page_id=51) and for a series of discussions with policy experts on prospects for the Macron presidency. He also took time out to support his daughter Carolyn and her fiancé, Carlos, who are about the launch themselves into a series of 12 Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding (SUP) marathons on their home-made (from plastic water bottles) boards to raise awareness of the huge problem of plastic in the ocean. The photo is from the SUP regatta on the Marne in which they were participating. Carolyn in Paris