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My first business in Africa, what is the biggest difference?
# The biggest differences between Africa and Europe

When I have started my first business with Cote d´Ivoire I have known that there will be big differences, but this is sometimes like another world :-D

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## Look at the biggest differences:

- Time means nothing in Africa. When you want to have a delivery in Europe on the exact term it´s good to have a time reserve one month or more. My first delivery (1000 kg of coconuts) has more than 2 months delay.
- They are very emotive. Be careful about your words. It´s really easy to start a fight. It´s important to have patience, it can look like they will end everything and after 10 minutes you are best friends.
- Family always first! Nearly every business starts with talking about family. Don´t hesitate and talk about your children, parents...
- Recommendation matters! If you are going to do business in Africa, you must make relations here first. Everything in Africa is based on trust. When you have a partner in Africa and you will have a strong connection with him, everyone else will respect you and there will be no problem with a business. If you don´t have a partner here, it can be very risky, because when you don´t have a good position, many people can fuck with you :-D
- Gifts make friends! If you want something, try to give your business partner a small gift, it can make great difference and upgrade your relationships.

**Do you have any experience with business in Africa?**

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# Největší rozdíly v obchodu mezi Evropou a Afrikou?

Když jsem začal můj první business v Africe, konkrétně v Cote d´Ivoire, dostal jsem se do kontaktu s úplně jinou kulturou a způsobem jednání. Pojďme se podívat na největší rozdíly:

- Čas v Africe skoro neexistuje. Pokud někdo přijde na schůzku později, nic se z toho nedělá a v případě objednávek do Evropy počítejte s tím, že mohou mít klidně více než měsíční zpoždění. Moje první dodávka kokosu měla dokonce zpoždění více než 2 měsíce.
- Afričani jsou emotivní. Dávejte si pozor na to, jak se vyjadřujete a jak reagujete. Může se Vám stát, že je naštvete jen tím, že si budou myslet, že jim dáváte něco za vinu nebo něco vyčítáte... Výhoda je, že se stejně rychle i uklidní. Problémy se dají jednoduše vyříkat a za chvíli jste zase přátelé.
- Doporučení. Do Afriky jen s partnerem! Dříve než se pustíte do obchodování s Afrikou, sežeňte si kontakty a postavte si vztahy s lidmi, kteří tam něco znamenají. Ať už jsou to business partneři nebo politici. Společnost je založená na kontaktech a pokud Vaši potenciální partneři budou vědět, že za Vámi stojí někdo solidní a s vlivem, nenapadne je Vás podvést.
- Dary dělají přátele. Vemte si sebou nějaké drobnosti, které můžete dát svým africkým přátelům. Budete se divit, ale oni drobnosti ocení!

**Máte nějaké zajímavé zkušenosti s obchodem s Afrikou?**
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