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Exploring at the frontier: Africa taking centre stage again

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s frontier exploration acreage is squarely back on the radar of international oil companies as a healthier outlook for oil and gas prices fuels a resurgence in risk appetite. The last three years have seen a collapse in investment in exploration as most companies have sought to cut costs, streamline operations and reduce risk. …   Read more

Reciprocal investment model will be key to winning Africa’s hand

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China’s latest play for greater influence in Africa involves advancing $60 billion in aid and loans to African nations without political conditionality. Announced at the just-concluded Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, which drew the attendance of more than 40 African Heads of State, this move comes hot on the heels of high-profile state …   Read more

Ramaphoria losing steam?

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently celebrated 100 days in office, three months after Jacob Zuma was pressured by the ANC to resign or face impeachment. Ramaphosa faced a tough battle to secure the ANC’s backing to succeed Zuma, with the leadership contest exposing deep divisions within the ruling party. But in the large, the …   Read more

DRC: Cobalt Supply Chain Pressures Rising

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As the DRC seemingly heads towards elections slated for 23 December this year (see The DRC: No Pressure, No Problem), the only other topic as popular as Kabila’s succession or candidacy in business circles is the flurry of mining activity in the country. Government contract renegotiations, miners’ volatile stock prices, disputes and injunctions, the upturn in …   Read more

Tanzania’s evolving investment environment

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Since the election of President John Magufuli, the Tanzanian government has at times been accused of a myopic focus on revenue collection at the cost of business growth. Businesses in particular have complained that policy flux and a weight of fiscal and regulatory enforcement activities has not been accompanied by a constructive dialogue around reform. …   Read more

The DRC: no pressure, no problem

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The DRC’s elections are scheduled for December 2018, after multiple delays. With President Joseph Kabila unable to run again without a constitutional amendment, his options are limited to appointing a successor or delaying the election again on account of several legitimate reasons. Recurring unrest in Kinshasa and growing violent conflicts in multiple provinces are the …   Read more

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Recent Blog Posts

The Kenya Mining Forum 2018 – Where does mining feature within Kenya’s investment deck of cards?

The third edition of the Kenya Mining Forum, launched this week, brought together local and international stakeholders across the sector who shared their experience, expertise and vision for the future of the mining industry in Kenya and the East African Region.   With over 500 delegates in attendance, the forum kicked off with an investment …   Read more

Delivering shared value in Kenya’s mining sector

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 Kenya is at a critical stage in its economic transformation agenda. According to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, large investment projects planned for the East African region are set to create unique opportunities and open new markets in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. Chief among these are the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET), …   Read more

Germany is ramping up its Africa game

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Only eight weeks after visiting Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed leaders of 12 African nations at her Compact for Africa Conference in Berlin. The meeting was supposed to take stock of the initiative, 15 months after it was launched during Germany’s G20 presidency. Compact for Africa focusses on the quickly advancing African nations, …   Read more

Deepening local participation in Kenya’s capital markets

On October 3rd, 2018, africapractice hosted its inaugural quarterly investor relations (IR) roundtable with a select group of industry experts at the Capital Club, Nairobi. The event focused on ways in which to improve local participation in Kenya’s capital markets.8 senior capital market participants, including fund managers, investment advisors and executives attended.  In this note, we showcase some of the key perspectives shared during the discussion …   Read more

Don’t rush to regulate internet, support it

Lennox Yieke, an Associate Consultant at the africapractice Nairobi office focuses on the financial services sector, technology, trade, investment and economics.   Read more

Energy security key to development

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Kenya’s energy mix has been a widely discussed topic whose common thread is the question whether it is sufficient to meet our transformational agenda. While some believe the 2,300 megawatts capacity is sufficient for Kenya to achieve economic dominance, others are of the opinion that we have a long way to go in meeting both …   Read more

Improving Zimbabwe’s Economy Should Be The Main Focus After Polls

africapractice East Africa Client Service Lead, Rishon Chimboza speaks to CGTN about what the next President of Zimbabwe should be focusing on to revive Zimbabwe’s ailing economy. Click here to view the interview       About the expert: Rishon Chimboza is a strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and policy advocacy expert with experience advising at …   Read more

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