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This tumultuous year has placed incredible pressure on people, on relationships and on the global economy. However, one component of the economy has proven its resilience throughout the pandemic and the lockdown: global supply chains.
Although the rise of COVID-19 presented many challenges to our country in the year 2020, it stimulated the growth of technological innovations that we can build on to the effects on how we do business, how we trade, how we work, how we produce goods, how we learn, how we seek medical services and how we entertain ourselves in 2021.
Ongoing volatility, further progress on regulations and continued interest from institutional investors can be expected in 2021. Looking back at our predictions from last year - the Bitcoin halving happened without a hitch and the industry matured as institutional investors entered the market.
The mining industry has envisioned a new future where business, human and environmental interests are not competing priorities, but complementary strengths: a 'Triple Zero' future of zero harm, zero loss, and zero waste. In the Triple Zero future, where zero harm is lived out day-to-day, the health and well-being of the workforce act as a fulcrum for sustainable business operations.
One of the aspects of the coronavirus has been the sudden evacuation of offices and mass adoption of home working. As a result, some real estate investors believe the working from home experiment that’s taken place during this crisis will lead to a long-term decline in demand for offices.
For many enterprises, their siloed, traditional Supply Chain Management (SCM) systems are proving to be their Achilles’ heel when trying to operate in unprecedented circumstances, preventing business continuity and resilience.
The earth also looks pitch black at night to those in search of the world’s second largest continent – and half of the earth’s land mass, for that matter. But now imagine this: what if, some years down the line, Africa was orange? What if, by the year 2030, viewed from outer space, the continent was ablaze with little lights, symbols of prosperity and connectedness, everywhere?
2018 was a watershed year in many respects for private equity in Africa. In the wake of the Abraaj collapse and other market fluctuations, we will in 2019 likely see significant shifts in the industry, with key changes to all stakeholders’ strategies expected to emerge.