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  • 27th August 2015

Cementing the future

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Hats off to Nigerian magnate Aliko Dangote. Amid global panic about China's imploding stock market and the plunge in the price of oil, Nigeria's top export, Dangote chooses to announce a US$4.3 billion joint venture with China's Sinoma to build cement pla...

  • 11th August 2015

Many challenges ahead

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With a cluster of key economic meetings stretched out in the last quarter of the year, Africa’s economic policymakers are grappling with two main challenges: rising youth unemployment and the falling prices of export commodities. The first two meetings – ...

  • 28th July 2015

The week ahead - Tuesday 28th July

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The week ahead will be dominated by reflections on President Barack Obama’s historic visit to East Africa, President Buhari’s radical action over oil, and the repercussions of the Burundian President’s insistence that he has a right to govern for a third ...

  • 23rd July 2015

On trial

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After two decades of obstruction, the trial of Chad’s ex-President, Hissène Habré, for crimes against humanity got under way this week in Dakar. The Special Court, jointly set up by the government of Senegal and the African Union, offers another forum for...

  • 9th July 2015

Keeping up relations

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This month, two Western powers, the United States and France, are trying to remind Africa that it hasn’t been totally left out of their calculations. On 20 July, US President Barack Obama is to welcome Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to Washington DC...

  • 25th June 2015

Turbulent times for international justice

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A turbulent few weeks for international justice. First, Sudan’s President Omer el Beshir arrived in South Africa on 13 June for the African Union summit despite his indictment by the International Criminal Court for genocide. He left barely two days later...

  • 11th June 2015

Coordinating carbon

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With just six months before the climate change treaty talks in Paris, Africa is battling to coordinate an effective negotiating strategy. Governments should muster the political will, says the Africa Progress Panel (APP), to push harder to defend the inte...

  • 28th May 2015

In Kaberuka's footsteps

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The new President of the African Development Bank, who was being elected as we went to press, will face harsh financial and political conditions after a decade of economic growth on the continent averaging 5-7% a year. Outgoing AfDB President Donald Kaber...

  • 30th April 2015

The shameful tide

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The drowning of thousands of people in the Mediterranean shames both the countries they left and those they were heading for. Whether these individuals were fleeing political oppression or poverty, the governments and international organisations were nowh...

  • 16th April 2015

Mugabe v. Zuma

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The 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe's State visit to his stripling of a 73-year-old counterpart, President Jacob Zuma, left observers wondering which of them was in better shape. Zuma is beset on all sides: his popularity is plummeting. Unemployment, ...

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