At our annual company review in February 2020, we elected to halt discretionary spending, curtail travel and asked our staff to work from home. We asked our board for permission to delay the completion of our annual budget because COVID-19 had introduced too much uncertainty. We spoke with our banking partners, called our clients and prepared for COVID-contagion to hit our shores.
Our time frames reduced dramatically. By mid-March our clients were requiring regular insights into the type of restrictions that governments were considering to contain the spread of COVID-19 and the impact of these developments on their operations and supply chains — and they wanted these urgently. We were supplying daily — and in some cases more frequent — insights on anticipated health regulations, economic stimulus and debt relief measures as well as mobility restrictions. With travel restricted, our proximity to key stakeholders was crucial.
What we observed in 2020 in Africa was more collaboration between civil society organizations, industry and governments than at any time previously.
Throughout 2020, my colleagues have shown immense stamina, great empathy and unwavering professionalism.
Regulation of digital services and technology firms will dominate government agendas in 2021, driven by two fundamental requirements. First, to ensure that citizens have access to a wide choice of safe products and services online, and secondly to fund substantial budget deficits.
It’s no coincidence that the proportion of big tech firms we advise has grown in 2020. The challenge in the year ahead will be to write or rewrite the rules governing digital services and technology, without hurting free speech and innovation. Designing fair and efficient regulation will require diligent consultation and the involvement of multiple stakeholders.
All nations have committed to nationally determined contributions on adaptation and mitigation, but among the big emitters in Africa, only Egypt managed to reduce its emissions in 2019.
气候变化威胁着非洲社会最大，但它还为智能气候融资提供了巨大的机会，即奖励综合土地利用和保护生物多样性。这是世界上一些最大的金融家和非洲国家的机会的焦点不断焦点。我们可以期待自然资本会计movement to accelerate in 2021 — and with it, the emergence of climate and nature financing.
Ibrahim’s annual index of governance recorded its first decline this year, in part because public scrutiny of governance has been increasing in African nations. Keep an eye on the progress of the #FixPolitics initiative in Nigeria in 2021, and remember that demographics matter.
The patriarchy that has occupied the polity in most African societies since independence is under pressure from an increasingly vocal youth, whose numbers dwarf older generations. Quality of leadership remains a challenge at the apex of African governance.大陆是世界上最年轻的，但我们在政治办公室里没有足够的年轻人。
We canexpect the emergence of more tech-enabled African health care firms, especially if regional coordination and regulatory harmonization quickens. The operationalization of the非洲大陆自由贸易区下个月，Vail康复。