The blog on CNBC Africa

The blog was interviewed on CNBC Africa’s ‘Beyond Markets’ programme last week, during its visit to AECI in Johannesburg. Hosted by Karema Brown, the programme focuses on the news that drives markets across the continent.

The 3 minute interview discussed the new business models that are now essential to drive future growth in Africa and around the world. It describes the opportunities available for growth from developing new products and services to supply the needs of the:

• 300 million Africans who have entered the market in recent years, and now have spending money for the first time
• 300 million Western BabyBoomers aged 55+ years, who would mostly have been dead even 50 years ago, but who can now expect another decade or more of life due to improved healthcare and lifestyles

Please click here if you would like to view the interview.

About Paul Hodges

Paul Hodges is Chairman of International eChem, trusted commercial advisers to the global chemical industry. The aim of this blog is to share ideas about the influences that may shape the chemical industry over the next 12 – 18 months. It will try to look behind today’s headlines, to understand what may happen next in important issues such oil prices, economic growth and the environment. We may also have some fun, investigating a few of the more offbeat events that take place from time to time. Please do join me and share your thoughts. Between us, we will hopefully develop useful insights into the key factors that will drive the industry's future performance.

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