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Hard economics meets political pageantry

Closing borders, President Buhari wants to boost local producers and stop the smugglers while most politicians look to the next election

Listening to the political class in Abuja, Lagos or Port Harcourt, you might be unaware that the country is locked in an epic battle over the direction of the national economy, sti...

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Iron back on track

A mining rights sale linked to railways sets off an iron rush of sorts and promises to open up the sub-region

The granting of the much-coveted multi-billion-dollar Simandou South iron ore concession in Guinea to a Chinese-backed consortium promises to shake up regional mining industry dyna...


Hefty down payment for 2020

President Akufo-Addo's government wants to engineer a pre-election boom without the usual economic meltdown afterwards

With national elections a year away, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta tried to combine political bullishness and banker's caution when he read the 2020 budget statement in parliamen...


Oil majors tax threat

The Nigerian government plans to raise an extra US$1 billion next year in royalties from the oil majors as it struggles to fund a record budget and curb mounting debt. The industry...


Latest Vaz plot fails

President José Mário Vaz's latest attempt to dismiss a government, four weeks before the presidential elections, now due on 24 November, collapsed in ignominy after the Economic Co...


Command economics on trial

As Africa’s biggest economy slows down with dangerous political consequences, policy-makers are looking for radical solutions

With economic growth failing to keep pace with population growth, and the country far too dependent on oil and gas exports, President Muhammadu Buhari is trying to deal with critic...


Dancing the third-term tango

Condé appears prepared to crush massive opposition in order to secure a third term of office, regardless of the dangers to society

The idea that President Alpha Condé would get the required two-thirds parliamentary majority to change the constitution to allow him to seek a third term has always been far-fetche...


Islamic state onslaught

The death of at least 49 Malian soldiers in an attack on their base at Indélimane on 1 November confirms the continued potency of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) ...


Delta pollution damned

'Environmental genocide' was the label the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, hung on the decades of multinational oil company operations in Nigeria's Niger Delta at the 1 November ...

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