Welcome to the first issue of ISOKO Institute’s Marketplace—a monthly e-newsletter designed to give form and add substance to ISOKO’s happenings and research. Since think tanks work in an economy of ideas their activities may seem somewhat esoteric. To counter this tendency, our newsletter hopes to address policy issues in a way that is approachable to Africa and to the friends of Africa. Coinciding with ISOKO’s research agenda, the newsletter will focus on issues pertinent to attracting foreign investment, building Africa’s entrepreneurial base, and implementing sound policy.
Each month the newsletter will feature a column by ISOKO's founding chairman Dale Dawson where he unpacks the insights on entrepreneurship he’s accrued through years of experience in the business sector. Alongside Dawson’s column, the newsletter will feature articles by other world-class contributors involved in ISOKO’s mission. This month features a question and answer session on foreign direct investment with a member of Rwanda's Presidential Advisory Council (PAC), Rod Reynolds.
As a final note, for the past couple of years ISOKO has used Rwanda as its leading laboratory and as a headquarters. And so while this month's edition highlights "The Land of a Thousand Hills" ISOKO's agenda is pan-African. Still, for this month we celebrate a new and aggressive chapter as ISOKO Institute takes off as Africa's leading free market think-tank.