Business Showcase

Regular readers of Business Excellence may recall our profile on Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in South Africa back in 2013. TPT was, and remains, a central player in South Africa’s growing export-led economy. Indeed, since the time of the article, South Africa’s exports have almost doubled in volume, underlining the importance of TPT and its ilk to the ongoing success of the country.

Figures recently released by the Costa Rican Tourist Board show that tourism in the small Central American country is thriving. The number of tourists entering the country has risen every year since 2010, reaching a total of just over 3 million visitors - the first time it has achieved that landmark figure. None of this would have been possible without the stellar contribution of Central America’s second largest airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport (“SJO”).

Tel Aviv is not only Israel’s second city by population and its business capital, it is also globally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative startup hubs. In addition, according to one 2018 report, more than 300 large multinational firms have set up research and development centers in Israel – mostly in Tel Aviv – to take advantage of its young, tech-savvy population.

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The geography of southern Europe is dominated by mountain ranges such as the Alps and the Pyrenees. Although the mountainous terrain contributes to the outstanding natural beauty, for millennia, it has confounded travelers, often leaving them with no choice but to face arduous and sometimes dangerous journeys around the mountains to reach their destinations.

Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (The Dominican Corporation of State Electric Companies, or ‘CDEEE’) has played, and continues to play, a central role in the social and economic development of the Dominican Republic since it was founded by government decree in 2001.

The Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s second largest country in terms of landmass, giving it considerably more unspoiled tropical coastline than most of its neighbours - totalling something over 1,000 kilometres. This has understandably made it a tourist hotspot over the past few decades, with growing numbers of tourists making their way to the island paradise

The Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd. (JPS), has been Jamaica’s primary energy company for over 90 years. In that time, it has expanded from a modest energy network with just a few thousand customers, to one capable of serving the country’s roughly 2.8 million residents. With a current customer base of just over 650,000 accounts, the company is the sole distributor of electricity in Jamaica and has a generating capacity of about 620 Megawatts (MW), provided by a combination of steam, gas turbines, combined cycle, diesel, windfarm and hydroelectric technologies. The Company also purchases electricity from four Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

Thessaloniki Metro: Excavating the city’s future

Greek’s second biggest city Thessaloniki has an incredible cultural history going back thousands of years. Just like the more well-known Athens, its streets are full of beautiful ancient buildings, most notably the white tower, by now synonymous with the city’s beautiful seaport. But like Athens, and indeed, most of Greece, what goes on below ground is almost as much of interest as what happens at street level. 

If there’s any industry in the Middle East which has generated more column inches than the oil industry over the past 15 years, it’s unquestionably construction. The past decade and a half has brought a wave of development, and with it, some of the world’s most high-profile new buildings to the region.