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African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER)
Published Since: 2006
Publishing Discontinued: The journal is published regularly. It is indexed at EBSCO, J-Gate, CABELL, ABDC, ProQuest and SABINET and accredited by IBSS and SCOPUS.
Publication Frequency: Tri-annually (Three times a year), Quarterly from 2019

The articles in this issue address business practices in 47 sub-Saharan African countries, female immigrant entrepreneurship in South Africa Post 1994, entrepreneurial export orientation, strategy, and performance of SMEs in Nigeria, causality between current account and budget deficits in Kenya, adoption of information and communication technology in Nigeria, business profiles of female immigrant entrepreneurs in Nigeria, and barriers to SMEs development in the manufacturing sector Tanzania. In the first article, Kabongo and Okpara examine the impact of legal origins on the regulations of start-up businesses in 47 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. Following the classification of SSA nations in English and French legal origin countries, the authors examine the extent to which the historical origins of countries play a determinant role in the ease of starting a new business enterprise, in terms of the number of procedures with which an entrepreneur must comply in order to sta............

I am delighted to present this issue of African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER). This is the first issue of AJBER under a new Editor and Editorial Review Board. AJBER intends to maintain its current image as one of the leading academic journals in Africa. The Editorial Board is committed to taking the journal to a new level by building AJBER into an internationally ranked journal that rivals its peers in other parts of world. To achieve this goal, two important changes have been made. First, the journal’s masthead will show a new Editorial Board structure led by the Editor-in-Chief. The second set of changes relates to the Editorial Board. The Editorial Review Board team has been expanded to include internationally renowned scholars and management practitioners. The third set of changes relates to the publication of special issues. We will publish special issues edited or co-edited by leading scholars and practitioners in the field. The seven articles in............

We have argued earlier in this journal that private enterprise-driven economic growth provides a realistic promise for absolute poverty reduction in Africa through lowering the levels of real unemployment and strengthening individuals’ capacity to care for themselves and their families. Furthermore, businesses tend to generate revenues necessary for anti-poverty policies of governments. The challenge is how to design policies and strategies that induce pro-poor growth without de-motivating the more industrious segments of an African country and without dependence on donor assistance. This understanding has stimulated a renewed academic interest in the role of African governments in the development of the private sectors of their economies. During the last two decades most African nations have embraced economic liberalization as an effective policy instrument for stimulating private enterprise development. Liberalization is generally associated with the removal of all forms of go............

Challenges of Enterprise-Driven Economic Growth in Africa     John Kuada   There is a growing concern within the development research and policy communities today about the persistent sluggish economic growth in most African countries despite the general upturn in the world economy during the last two decades and the general reduction of poverty in most developing countries. The search for explanations for Africa’s poverty has stretched from considerations such as corruption, poor governance and institutional problems (Killick et al., 2001), to the limited attention to private enterprise development (Fafchamps et al., 2001). The African Union has recently estimated that corruption costs Africa 148 billion US dollars per year, thereby increasing the costs of business transactions in Africa by up to 20 per cent.  Similarly the World Bank estimates that corruption impedes growth rates by 0.5 per cent per year. There is also the problem of weak supply side of............

  Editorial Comment In Search for Growth Sustaining Economic Policies in Africa John Kuada Editor, AJBER The overarching economic issue in Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) today is to ensure a broad-based growth that lifts millions of Africans out of poverty. African countries are therefore consistently compared with high growth Asian countries such as Malaysia and South Korea which were at similar levels of economic growth as African countries for barely five decades ago. But while the Asian continent now enjoys the accolade of “economic miracle”, the African situation is usually described by such adjectives as “disaster” and “tragedy” due to decades of non-growth experienced by nearly all SSA countries (Akyüz and Gore 2001). The search for growth sustaining economic policies for Africa is therefore as urgent today as it was half a century ago when the torchlight of de-colonilisation was set ablaze in Ghana. Hitherto, the preferred explanati............

African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER) is a triennial, peer-reviewed academic journal published since January 2006. For details on how to contribute to the journal, please contact its editor, Dr John Kuada at: kuada@business.aau.dk. For subscription inquiries, please contact: sales@adonis-abbey.com ............

Editorial Comment Some New Economic and Social Challenges in Africa John Kuada Editor, AJBER Contact email: kuada@business.aau.dk Africa has been characterized as the world\'s poorest continent - a continent plagued with diseases, conflicts, corruption, weak governance and debt. More than that, it is the continent worst hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic - a disease that has contributed substantially to the erosion of the already limited wealth of several African nations. Understandably, the sheer scale of the problems creates a socialized hopelessness through out the continent, thereby producing a spiral of negative energy channeled into internal strife of different degrees of magnitude in different parts of the continent. Some economic commentators have observed that most African nations need to grow at an annual rate above 7 percent annually for several decades to reverse the downward poverty spiral. The papers included in this issue of AJBER focus attention on some of theses probl............

Perspective: Economic and Business Research in AfricaJohn Kuada The Role of Africa-focused Journals The design and implementation of pro-growth and anti-poverty policies and strategies remain a major challenge in all Sub-Saharan African countries. The prevailing view among development experts is that there is no reliable alternative to economic growth, if Africa is to rise out of poverty. Economic growth reduces the levels of real unemployment and strengthens individuals capacity to care for themselves and their siblings. It also generates revenues necessary for anti-poverty policies. But while the engine of growth may be in the private sector, policy interventions are required to create the environment in which firms can operate and build their competitive advantages. It is in this context that knowledge creation and dissemination through research and publications become important. The better informed African politicians, policy makers and business leaders are about the of forces............


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