Africa: Organised Crime Threatens Uganda's Thriving Gold Trade
Gold has become one of Uganda's top exports, but multiple questions surround this glittering trade. On 20 February, Uganda celebrated a year since it officially launched East… Read more »
Kenya: Will New Legislation Turn Kenya Into a Tax Haven?
A recently passed law could make it easier for companies to dodge tax in Kenya. This could increase the rate of illicit financial flows and, contrary to government's goals,… Read more »
Africa: Democracy and Economics in Africa - the Circle of Growth
At low levels of economic development, democracy has little if any impact on growth. However as countries' average incomes rise, a positive relationship emerges, as research by the… Read more »
Africa: Can Africa Be the Big Brexit Winner?
Following the 2016 Brexit referendum, Britain needs to forge new and strong strategic alliances and trade relationships. Where and how does Africa feature in this equation? Read more »
Africa: Africa Must Steer the Rules of the International Financial Sector
The release of the Paradise Papers last year and the Panama Papers in 2016 revealed the role tax havens play in facilitating tax avoidance, tax evasion and illicit financial flows.… Read more »
Africa: South Africa and Nigeria Are Crucial for Continental Initiatives
The impressive turnout at the African Union's Extraordinary Summit on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 21 March showed the continent's united fervour to boost… Read more »
Africa: Will Africa's Huge New Trade Deal Really Transform the Continent?
Africa took a giant step forward, at least symbolically, on 21 March when 44 of the African Union's (AU) 55 member states signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement… Read more »
East Africa: Port Deal Underscores Djibouti's Reliance On Ethiopia
When Djibouti makes international headlines, it is usually in connection with the many superpowers that have built military bases on its shore. France, the United States, China,… Read more »
Africa: U.S. and China Inch Towards Awkward Cooperation in Africa
United States (US) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his first official trip to Africa this week, visiting Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Chad and Nigeria. His top African… Read more »
Liberia: Liberia Now Needs More Attention, Not Less
It appeared to be business as usual in Liberia. The cooling sea breeze brought relief to the sticky air, the town was alive with shops and stalls, and the traffic moved slowly but… Read more »
Central Africa: Central Africa's Gathering Storm
Countries in Central Africa had a turbulent 2017 - and forecasts suggest that the region's problems aren't going away any time soon. The oil-dependent region continues its tepid… Read more »
South Africa: Budgeting to End Violence?
Surely no one would want to trade places with South Africa's Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba on 21 February when he presents the national budget to Parliament. Political… Read more »
Africa: NEPAD and the Battle for the Soul of the African Union
Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia was one of the first to speak at the Nepad orientation committee meeting on the sidelines of the recent African Union (AU) summit. He said… Read more »
Madagascar: President Hery Must Avoid the Worst Plague of All
Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina must be feeling rather like a pharaoh of the Old Testament. During the past four years when he has governed the country it has been… Read more »
Africa: Known Unknowns - the Threat of Cybercrime in Africa
The rapid development of technology improves lives and enables more efficient operations in the private and public sectors. The challenges that have emerged as a direct… Read more »
December 11, 2017
South Africa: Accurate Statistics Are Needed for Farm Murder Debate
Recently thousands of farmers, supporters and sympathisers took to South Africa's streets in an emotional but peaceful protest against the violent attacks on and murders of those… Read more »
December 12, 2017
South Africa: Country's 'Short-Term Pain' or 'Long-Term Gain' Future
South Africa is at a crossroads. The political choices to be made during the African National Congress's (ANC) leadership elections on 17 December will determine the country's… Read more »
December 04, 2017
Africa: Natural Gas Won't Solve Mozambique's Development Challenges
The discovery that Mozambique holds one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world has generated great optimism about the country's future. But the recent sovereign debt… Read more »
November 13, 2017
Africa: No Paradise for Citizens Being Cheated of Profits
The latest revelations around tax evasion, dubbed the 'Paradise Papers', are certainly embarrassing for powerful individuals like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Canada's Prime… Read more »
November 15, 2017
Africa: Can New Leaders Fix Zimbabwe's Potemkin Economy?
When President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party swept to victory in 2013, the resigned riposte of the opposition Movement for… Read more »
November 02, 2017
Southern Africa: Region Is Losing Its Economic Edge
Southern Africa is economically Africa's most advanced region - but its collective economy is stagnating. And unless the continent can diversify its economies away from their… Read more »
October 30, 2017
Namibia: How Country Can Realise Its Vast Development Potential
Namibia has great potential for human development. The country has an abundance of diamonds, gold and uranium, it is already upper-middle-income and has some of the most ideal… Read more »
October 31, 2017
South Africa: Is Zuma's Nuclear Gamble Still in Play?
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement last week had one simple message: we are drowning in debt. Read more »
October 16, 2017
Africa: Is Business Trumping Peace Efforts in Libya?
A few weeks ahead of the crucial 5th African Union (AU)-European Union (EU) summit in Abidjan at the end of November, most officials on both sides are aware of the many potentially… Read more »
September 28, 2017
Africa: Connecting Africa's Ships, Ports and People
Today South Africa celebrates World Maritime Day, with the theme of 'connecting ships, ports and people'. Maritime trade is Africa's lifeblood, and for this day to have meaning for… Read more »
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