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  • 15th November 2016

UNITED STATES/AFRICA: Tougher trade deals and isolationism threaten after Trump's win

Patrick Smith

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...

  • 7th November 2016

UNITED STATES ELECTION: What's in it for Africa?

Patrick Smith

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...

  • 3rd November 2016

Buhari's Delta plan

Blue Lines

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...

  • 31st October 2016

SOUTH AFRICA: Pressure mounts on ANC leaders as Prosecutor wobbles on case against Finance Minister

Patrick Smith

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...

  • 25th October 2016

BURUNDI | KENYA | SOUTH AFRICA: African states start exodus from International Court

Patrick Smith

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...

  • 21st October 2016

Costs of migration

Blue Lines

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...

  • 18th October 2016

NIGERIA: Cacophony in the cabinet ahead of fund-raising trip

Patrick Smith

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 ...

  • 11th October 2016

UNITED NATIONS: Tackling migration will be top priority for Guterres after he wins Secretary General job

Patrick Smith

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...

  • 6th October 2016

Doubts on the data

Blue Lines

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...

  • 4th October 2016

CONGO-KINSHASA/UNITED STATES: Och-Ziff corruption case drags in President Kabila's political and business allies

Patrick Smith

This week, there could be more political fall-out from the Och-Ziff corruption case in the United States and Africa. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's Independence day speech in Abuja will trigger more financial negotiations. France is leading calls f...

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