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  • 3rd December 2020

Zimbabwe's gold rush

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For a government so desperate to boost foreign currency reserves, Zimbabwe's gold industry should be a cash cow, especially with spot prices up to around US$2,000 an ounce, boosted by the uncertainty of Covid-19.Official gold exports fell 23% to less than...

  • 19th November 2020

ZAMBIA: Unblocking the debt impasse

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Zambia ran out of road on 13 November when its debt negotiations hit an impasse and it became the first African country to default since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the continent's economies. The crisis could also force a more coordinated response from the ...

  • 5th November 2020

US vote resounds in Africa

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For listeners across Africa, United States President Donald Trump's dawn broadcast asserting that he had won the 3 November election and ordering vote counting to stop had a surreal if not unfamiliar quality. Analysts at the Brussels-based Crisis Group ha...

  • 22nd October 2020

IMF calls for Africa cash

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The International Monetary Fund reckons the Covid-19 pandemic will result in sub-Saharan African economies contracting by 3% this year and bouncing back by a similar amount in 2021. Over half of low-income countries are either in debt distress or at high ...

  • 8th October 2020

Sudan signs groundbreaking peace deal

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The peace accord between Sudan's transitional government and three armed groups was a serious step forward from the human and economic damage wrought by decades of conflict. Without ending the myriad civil conflicts, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has litt...

  • 24th September 2020

Debt diplomacy in the pandemic

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The lack of a coordinated response by commercial and official creditors to the worsening debt distress faced by resource-based African economies could trigger a wider payments crisis ahead of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and Worl...

  • 10th September 2020

Ghana and Nigeria trade row

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As President Nana Akufo-Addo becomes chairman of the Economic Community of West African States and the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area prepares to start operations in Accra, it's a bad time for Ghana to get into a trade row with Nig...

  • 27th August 2020

Adesina heads for second term at AfDB

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Nigeria was taking no chances in its campaign to ensure that its former agriculture minister Akinwumi Adesina gets another term as President of the African Development Bank. Adesina is the sole candidate in the AfDB's elections on 27 August; the rules sti...

  • 6th August 2020

New battles at the International Criminal Court

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The future of the International Criminal Court is in question again as it tries to choose a successor to the prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. The United States, although it has never joined the ICC, stepped up its attacks on the court this year, barring its off...

  • 23rd July 2020

Mass protest on 31 July will test Mnangagwa

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The prospects of the mass protests against grand corruption and economic mismanagement planned for 31 July triggering a popular uprising against Emmerson Mnangagwa's government are slim but not beyond the bounds of possibility. That is why on 20 July poli...

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