This week we start again in the United States in search of the implications, direct and indirect, of Donald Trump's shock victory in the presidential election. In South Africa the African National Congress starts its run-up this week to picking its presid...
We start off with a look at the increasingly bizarre United States elections tomorrow (8 November), quickly followed by a report on President Jacob Zuma's tough week ahead in South Africa. Then there are fresh doubts about the strategy and money for the A...
It was hardly a meeting of minds but President Muhammadu Buhari's
discussions with Niger Delta state governors and community leaders in
Abuja on 1 November marks a clear change of strategy. It was Buhari's
first meeting with regional leaders since militan...
This week we start in the South
African courts to watch the latest
round of the proxy political battle between Finance Minister Pravin
Gordhan and President Jacob
Zuma; the Kenyan
economy gets a vote of
confidence from the World Bank; results in Côte d'Iv...
This week, top officials at the International Criminal Court are in
urgent talks with the governments of South
Africa, Burundi and Kenya
about plans for a mass withdrawal from the Court. Reeling from targeted
assassinations and a weakening economy, Egypti...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
This week, there could be more political fall-out from the
corruption case in the United States
and Africa. Nigerian President
Independence day speech in Abuja will trigger more financial
negotiations. France is
leading calls f...