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  • 21st October 2016

Costs of migration

Blue Lines

With average economic growth rates in African economies sinking to around 1.6% next year and conflict worsening, European Union officials are holding a summit on migration in Brussels on 20 October (see Pointer, Shifting borders south).They want African g...

  • 18th October 2016

NIGERIA: Cacophony in the cabinet ahead of fund-raising trip

Patrick Smith

Some local difficulties have broken out in Abuja ahead of another investment roadshow by Nigeria and there is new and dramatic twist in the trial of strength between South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and his Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan. The crisis ...

  • 11th October 2016

UNITED NATIONS: Tackling migration will be top priority for Guterres after he wins Secretary General job

Patrick Smith

This week we start on the international scene with the election of a new Secretary General of the United Nations and a report from the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington DC. In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Hail...

  • 6th October 2016

Doubts on the data

Blue Lines

Over the past month, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and McKinsey Consulting have finally junked their message of an economically rising Africa. The IMF cuts its 2017 forecast for Nigeria and South Africa to 0.6% and 0.8% respectively, the...

  • 4th October 2016

CONGO-KINSHASA/UNITED STATES: Och-Ziff corruption case drags in President Kabila's political and business allies

Patrick Smith

This week, there could be more political fall-out from the Och-Ziff corruption case in the United Statesand Africa. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's Independence day speech in Abuja will trigger more financial negotiations. France is leading calls fo...

  • 22nd September 2016

Kinshasa on the brink

Blue Lines

This week President Joseph Kabila's bid to hang on to power in Congo-Kinshasa has finally triggered the violent clashes that opposition parties had long predicted. At least 44 people are reported by Human Rights Watch to have been killed after police trie...

  • 13th September 2016

MOZAMBIQUE: Nyusi in the USA for tough meetings with IMF and investors

Patrick Smith

This week Mozambique's President arrives in the United States to placate creditors and woo investors while South Africa's opposition parties start to audit the African National Congress's management of local government finance. Public sector workers in Zi...

  • 8th September 2016

Nigeria: what price Fund finance?

Blue Lines

Reports that Nigeria's economy shrank by 2% in the second quarter of the year and is officially in recession – its worst performance for 25 years – has fuelled speculation about negotiations between the government and the International Monetary Fund. Unti...

  • 25th August 2016

Zuma emboldened

Blue Lines

Predictions that President Jacob Zuma will redouble efforts to regain control over policy and patronage after the African National Congress's losses in the municipal elections (see Feature, Zuma carries on regardless) are fast proving accurate. On 22 Augu...

  • 24th August 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: In the cities, ANC starts a new life in opposition

Patrick Smith

This week elections dominate our list of things to watch: the recent past, in the case of South Africa, where the ANC comes to terms with its loss of power in the big cities; the present, in Ghana, where the governing National Democratic Congress has just...

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