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  • 5th December 2019

Hamdok's high hopes in DC

Blue Lines

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok will probably come away empty-handed from his first trip to Washington DC since replacing the overthrown Omer el Beshir as Sudan's leader. Top of Hamdok's wish-list is that the United States end its economic sanctions...

  • 21st November 2019

Islamists regroup in Sudan

Blue Lines

Suddenly the stakes in Sudan have been raised – between the revolutionaries and the supporters of Omer el Beshir's ousted regime. For weeks, rumours have been swirling about an impending coup by die-hard Islamists in state security, militias and Beshir's ...

  • 7th November 2019

Multilateralists fight back

Blue Lines

Multilateralism might get another lease of life if some of Africa's top bureaucrats have their way. One of the few advantages of Africa's balkanisation into 54 states is the voting power that this gives the continent in such organisations as the UN Genera...

  • 28th October 2019

The week ahead: Action demanded by voters and bankers in President Ramaphosa's crunch week

Patrick Smith

This week we are covering South Africa's budget, Botswana's election, the repercussions of the killing of the Islamic State leader, a mooted referendum in Kenya, talks on the dam on the Nile between Egypt and Ethiopia and the World Bank's Doing Business r...

  • 24th October 2019

From Russia with geopolitics

Blue Lines

Although he pulled in dozens of Africa's leaders to the first Russia-Africa summit in Sochi on 23-24 October, Russia's President Vladimir Putin is years behind the competition in courting Africa. Russia-Africa trade has doubled to US$20.4 billion over the...

  • 21st October 2019

The week ahead: Africa eyes deals after Brexit

Patrick Smith

We start this week with knife-edge negotiations over Britain's attempts to leave the European Union and their implications for Africa. And then to Nairobi where President Kenyatta is taking on parliament over interest rates. Russia says that 47 African le...

  • 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...

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