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  • 14th October 2019

The week ahead in Africa: Political and sporting triumphs, and grave warnings on economic growth

Patrick Smith

This week we start with the boost for Ethiopia and Kenya before looking at the gloomy growth forecasts ahead of the IMF and World Bank's meetings in Washington this week. Calls for the British, United Arab Emirates and Indian governments to impose sanctio...

  • 10th October 2019

Africa joins the global slowdown

Blue Lines

Batten down the hatches. Shorn of its economic diplomat-speak, the World Bank's latest update for Africa sounds a loud warning about rising poverty, the debilitating effects of discrimination against women and galloping government debt, especially to comm...

  • 7th October 2019

Belt-tightening in South Africa, split verdict in Tunisia, and schism in the East African Community

Patrick Smith

This week the news agenda starts in Pretoria, where despite a successful summit with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa is under mounting pressure to set out a radical new strategy to get his country out of the ...

  • 1st October 2019

MORE TALK THAN DEALS FOR AFRICA AT UN SUMMIT: Small concessions for continent's diplomats at climate change summit and meetings on security and development goals

Patrick Smith

As many of the African delegations leave the UN's summit in New York – some are preparing for the IMF and World Bank's annual meeting in Washington DC in two weeks' time – officials are assessing the wins and losses. Egypt's President returns to face deep...

  • 26th September 2019

Assonance and dissonance at the UN

Blue Lines

The opening of the UN General Assembly this week brought out some unlikely commonalities. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson both used their speeches to the assembly to rail against tech companies. 'They cannot...

  • 24th September 2019

AFRICA'S PUSH FOR GLOBAL WARMING CASH: Youth and emerging economies face wall of opposition to demands for a climate change emergency at UN General Assembly

Patrick Smith

This week we start in New York at the UN General Assembly where African and Asian leaders are pressing governments in Europe and North America to do more to combat climate change and contribute more to measures to mitigate the damage that it's causing to ...

  • 17th September 2019

MUGABE'S LEGACY DIVIDES ZIMBABWE: Economic crisis deepens ahead of IMF talks in Washington

Patrick Smith

We start in Harare – in the throes of economic and political crises – with the funeral of Robert Mugabe, and then to the first-round upsets in the presidential election in Tunisia. Tanzania's leader gets cash from the World Bank despite attacking civil ri...

  • 12th September 2019

Mugabe's last battle

Blue Lines

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's hopes that the death of independence leader Robert Mugabe would lead to a helpful outbreak of nationalistic fervour are proving forlorn.  Mnangagwa implored Zimbabweans 'to show your love of the great leader who has left us....

  • 10th September 2019

The week ahead in Africa: South Africa/Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Botswana

Patrick Smith

This week we start with a move to dampen down tensions between South Africa and Nigeria and a political row over President Mugabe's funeral. Also on the agenda are China debt talks, the political succession in Botswana and repression ahead of elections in...

  • 3rd September 2019

The week ahead in Africa: Japan's African offer

Patrick Smith

This week we start in the East, picking up the pieces from the Japan-Africa summit, and then to Zambia where an opposition politician is being hauled before the courts accused of insulting the President. In Kenya, fresh battles are breaking out over budge...

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