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Published 8th October 1999

Vol 40 No 20


Life after debt

Agreement on the latest plan to reduce Africa's debt burden should allow policymakers to concentrate on growth and investment

Africa moved up the agenda at the 28-30 September annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington after the Group of Seven (G-7) industrialised countries failed to agree on grandiose plans for a new global financial architecture.


No holds barred

The bitter government campaign for the presidency scares investors and stirs up hate

The bitter pre-election campaign for the national presidency is wrecking the country's reputation for stability and its hopes for the foreign loans and investments that it needs. C...


Stolen stones

Government and UNITA soldiers fight for the diamonds - and occasionally share them

As the United Nations struggles to impose sanctions on Angola's rebel diamond-smugglers, the government says it is tightening its chaotic system for certifying the stones. The old ...


Whodunit?

One death too many has left Compaoré's regime in a deep hole. It intends to escape

The government talks of 'national reconciliation'; its critics put it another way, saying that President Blaise Compaoré's regime wants to wipe away its bloodstained image. ...



Pointers

No proxy peace

While many in Somalia push for peace (AC Vol 40 No 19), Ethiopia is pressing its allies for quicker military results against Eritrea's ally, Hussein 'Aydeed'. The 'Somali Peace All...


Spinning a pipeline

As protests grow against the US$3.5 billion Chad-Cameroon pipeline (AC Vol 39 No 13), Africa Confidential has obtained two confidential memoranda showing the World Bank's efforts t...


Dead men's shoes

The election to replace the dead dictator, General Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, is due on 17 October, organised by the man whose soldiers killed him. Major Daouda Malam Wan...