Horsing around and exhortations: World to Biden’s America

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2021


In the blissfully quiet first week of Joe Biden’s presidency, there’s been a lot of horsing around as well as more serious exhortations from around the world about the United States. Mostly it’s about the challenges faced by the country. Donald Trump isn’t always mentioned by name but he hangs – like a pall – over … Continue reading “Horsing around and exhortations: World to Biden’s America”

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Brexit and the April showers effect on British weddings

by Rashmee

Posted on November 14, 2018


Ambrose Bierce, the American writer, once quipped that a bride is a woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her. Come April, if she’s British she’s also likely to be empty-handed. Britain is set to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. After that, the disruption to trade routes and protocol will affect … Continue reading “Brexit and the April showers effect on British weddings”

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If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa

by Rashmee

Posted on August 28, 2018 / The Independent


Theresa May has joined in a new scramble for Africa but this one is neither wholly European nor intentionally and hideously opaque as in centuries past. In fact, May is pretty upfront about Britain’s hopes and aims in Africa, as she visits the continent’s three largest economies — South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Brexit Britain, which has … Continue reading “If we want to save Britain from its post-Brexit economic fate, we should support Theresa May’s investment in Africa”

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Why Egypt doesn’t want an Africa-style mobile banking revolution

by Rashmee

Posted on October 5, 2015


For all that Egypt is playing up its African-ness, there is one sector where it doesn’t want any twinning: mobile banking. I have it on good authority. Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, no less. He’s chairman and managing director of Commercial International Bank (CIB), Egypt’s largest private-sector bank. But his other job is more important in the … Continue reading “Why Egypt doesn’t want an Africa-style mobile banking revolution”

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A measure of change: ‘Many Africans haven’t touched cash for months’

by Rashmee

Posted on October 4, 2015


The Fringe, which advertises itself as “your weekly five-minute tour of the world’s fastest growing economies”, quotes this startling claim by one Mr Ismail Ahmed: there are now people living within African cities who haven’t touched cash for months. Mr Ahmed should know. He is CEO and founder of WorldRemit, a UK-based startup that wants … Continue reading “A measure of change: ‘Many Africans haven’t touched cash for months’”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK