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The Thread provides additional analysis of EMPEA's industry statistics, interviews and insight on emerging markets private equity and venture capital, highlighting data trends, notable developments and challenges facing the industry.

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FT’s beyondbrics recently featured an article by Mike Casey, EMPEA Director of Consulting Services, on Africa’s private equity landscape. In the article, Mike shared insights from discussions at the recent UN Economic Commission for Africa’s Ninth African Development Forum, findings from the report Pension Funds and Private Equity: Unlocking Africa’s Potential and statistics from EMPEA on emerging markets private equity activity in the region. In our latest “Views from the Field,” EMPEA Africa Council Chairman Henry Obi continues the conversation on private equity in Africa, specifically in response to a few points from Mike’s original article. Henry serves as Chief Operating Officer at Helios Investment Partners, an Africa-focused private equity firm.

MasterCard Global Insights and the Fletcher School at Tufts University, with EMPEA's support, recently released the 2013 Digital Evolution Index (DEI) to analyze the challenges and opportunities of the digital future for 50 countries, as well as their readiness for digital growth. The rating of each country was evaluated based on 83 indicators grouped into four drivers.