Simon Freemantle ( Email )
Senior Political Economist
Simon Freemantle is a Senior Analyst in the Africa Political Economy Unit. In this role, his focus lies on interrogating the nature of Africa's external relations with the world and internal structural growth dynamics. In 2009, Simon and a colleague launched the BRIC-Africa report series, which continues to contribute towards corporate strategy and national policy on the continent. In 2009 and 2010 Simon worked in Standard Bank's Nairobi office as an economist covering East Africa and other broader thematic regional issues. Simon is also the South Africa Political Economist for the team, in which role he provides analysis and insight into the political and industrial relations environment for the bank's institutional client base. Simon has studied at Stellenbosch University, the University of Amsterdam, and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
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Africa Macro – The geopolitical context of the 10th BRICS Summitby Simon Freemantle Mon Jul 23 11:34:30 SAST 2018
Leadership in the times of Trump This week, from 25 to 27 July, the BRICS heads of state will gather for the 10th Summit of the grouping since
Insight and Strategy – BRICS 2017 - poised for new relevanceby Simon Freemantle Tue Aug 29 19:02:41 SAST 2017
After two years of sliding fortunes, the BRICS have an opportunity to assume a bolder global leadership role Next week (3 – 5 September) leaders of the five BRICS
Insight and Strategy – BRICS-Africa: the hype is gone, but much remainsby Simon Freemantle Wed Jun 08 10:10:10 SAST 2016
An update on trade, investment a geopolitical linkages between the BRICS and Africa We have over the past seven years provided extensive coverage of the growth and importance of
Insight and Strategy – African Election Map 2015/16: steady, if selective, progressby Simon Freemantle Fri Feb 19 11:13:52 SAST 2016
Steady, if selective, progress Last year was particularly dense with electoral cycle risk for Africa, with elections being held in some of the continent’s largest and most regionally influential
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