Hello, Gentle Reader……….

Hello gentle reader, (with apologies to Charlotte Bronte), in your meanderings through the web, looking, for (hopefully) non-salacious material, you have stumbled upon my exercise in self-indulgence. For those of you, who have not nodded off by now, I cannot promise advise on how to grow hair, increase the length of your penis, nor where to borrow money at 0% interest. I can, however provide you with some of my thoughts on political issues in Africa and South Asia, which may be in the news, and which my clients pay rather handsomely to obtain. Naturally, I won’t be putting down here all the reports that I am paid to do, but a few that will, I hope, make you think twice about the news that you read or hear in the mainstream media.

In the past twenty-five years, I have occupied various positions of trust, as advisor to a range of ministers and heads of states in countries euphemistically referred to as “economies in transition”. As long as I can remember, these countries have remained in this fluid state of transition, not perhaps wanting to leave the comfort of this phase, not to mention the risk of losing large amounts of western aid money, that invariably accompany anything in transition.

During all these times, I have invariably been surprised by the complete lack of analysis and understanding of major events in Africa and S. Asia by major news channels and publications. As someone, who many a times was fortunate to be in the thick of things as they unfolded, it would come as a complete shock, to read an analysis of events that had nothing to do with what actually happened. Finally, in my dotage, I have taken this big step of writing for public consumption, my analysis of major events on the African and South Asian continents. I don’t profess to be an expert in political affairs of these economies in transition, but at least in many cases I know first hand, the major actors and even some of the bit players. So as they say, sit back (or as in my case, squint at the screen) and either shake your head wisely at my blog posts or shout out in anger…..I don’t believe what this moron is writing……. Either way, ….. Welcome !!!!!

Author: shiv shankaran nair

Shiv Shankaran Nair is the Executive Chairman of Suez Holdings Ltd, a Maltese company with interests in Africa and the Middle East. His background is in Financial Engineering and Government Advisory roles. He is also recognized as a leading practitioner of Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building among Sovereign states. Shiv has spent the past twenty years in putting together some of the most iconic infrastructure projects in Africa and Latin America, using Chinese Exim credits, so much so, that the Economist magazine once dubbed him “China’s secret weapon in Africa”. As an entrepreneur he has set up, added value and sold several companies, especially in the “Economies in Transition”. He bought, developed and sold off British Borneo Petroleum, an old midcap oil company. In 1995, along with two local partners he set up the first post-soviet insurance company in The Republic of Georgia, and in 2004, when it had become the largest independent insurer in Georgia, sold it to the Bank of Georgia. In Turkmenistan, he set up the first post-soviet international vehicle dealership, selling it in 2000 to a major Turkish group. He has acted as advisor on FDI, National Strategic Planning and Financial Engineering to the Governments of Nigeria, Ghana, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu, Mauritius, Grenada, Malta, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Ecuador. As a specialist in National Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building, Shiv was called upon to attend the Somali Round Table, representing a major Middle Eastern Country, and was also one of the key figures behind the formation of the Somali United Front, a broad-based political grouping of Somali clans aimed at bringing peace to Somalia. He also acted as mediator between the Govt. of Niger and major Chinese Oil Company in the dispute on the Agadem block, and represented another Chinese oil major in their negotiations with the Kurdish Regional Government. In 2013, he was appointed as Special Envoy of the Government of Vanuatu to initiate talks between Vanuatu and the Republic of Georgia on the issue of the de-recognition of the breakaway republic of Abkhazia, a task in which he succeeded. In 2016, The newly elected Government of Vanuatu appointed him their Trade Advisor for Europe, with a mandate to seek assistance to clean up Vanuatu’s offshore banking, gaming and shipping sectors. Shiv is an alumnus of The South Bank University and also holds an MBA in Political Risk from the Scottish Business School, Glasgow. He is a Fellow of The Royal Asiatic Society and The Royal Society for Asian Affairs. He is also a Member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

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