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  • 19th January 2023

US Treasury chief Yellen in Africa to talk debt and World Bank reform

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As Qin Gang, China's new foreign minister and former ambassador to Washington DC, winds up his tour of Ethiopia, Gabon, Benin, Angola and Egypt, the United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen started a 10-day African sojourn by flying to Dakar on 17 Ja...

  • 15th December 2022

$55 billion investment pledged at US Africa summit

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White House officials have been at pains to brief journalists that United States President Joe Biden will pull out all the stops to show that this week's African leaders' summit is a demonstration of Washington's genuine commitment to the continent after ...

  • 1st December 2022

Testing times for Ghana's Black Stars and treasury team

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 It has been a game of two halves for Ghana's World Cup squad and its treasury team in Accra. After beating South Korea 3-2 in the group stage on 28 November, the Black Stars will face Uruguay on 2 December.Equally hard-fought will be finance minister Ken...

  • 17th November 2022

African Union wins backing for G20 seat

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After the 'African COP' in Egypt, the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Bali on 15-16 November – with its focus on debt restructuring and energy policy – addressed several issues key to African leaders. Several G20 members are calling for the African Union ...

  • 3rd November 2022

Kenya leads mission to Congo changing regional security balance

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The disjointed international response to the fighting between the Congolese army and the Tutsi-led M23 militia in eastern Congo-Kinshasa has shown where influence lies in the evolving regional order. The little traction that has been generated towards pea...

  • 20th October 2022

Investment booms in Africa but growth slumps

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Growth in Africa is slowing this year according to the World Bank and IMF. Much of that seems to have been triggered by the spillover from Russia's war on Ukraine, spiralling food and fuel prices and rising interest rates and debt servicing costs. But the...

  • 6th October 2022

Sliver of hope for Ethiopia peace as rivals head for talks

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Reports of tens of thousands of battlefield deaths since fighting resumed between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's federal forces and the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front in August underscore the scale of the bloodshed in Ethiopia's civil war. As many as hal...

  • 22nd September 2022

Senegal's Sall warns on failing internationalism at UN summit

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African Union chairman and Senegal's President Macky Sall launched the most powerful critique at the UN General Assembly on 20 September on his continent's marginalisation in the international system. Africa 'does not want to be the breeding ground of a n...

  • 8th September 2022

Dutch summit warns on climate finance shortfall

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The poorly attended African Climate Adaptation summit in Rotterdam on 5 September doesn't augur well ahead of the UN COP27 climate change summit in Egypt in November. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmerm...

  • 25th August 2022

Why Sierra Leone's protests may spread

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Protests against escalating food and fuel costs in Sierra Leone last week which left more than 16 protestors and four police officers dead have rocked the government of President Julius Maada Bio, but they follow a pattern of growing anger on the streets ...

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