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Ethiopia’s changing of the guard

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Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s reform agenda has been both fast-paced and far-reaching. Since coming to office less than a year ago, he has begun a reconciliation process with Eritrea after decades of conflict and cross-border animosity, put in place a young cabinetwith 50% female representation, released up to 60,000 political prisoners, unbanned opposition parties including those which had been designated as terrorist organisations by …   Read more

The African Year in 2019

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As we begin the new year, organisations in Africa are facing a host of strategic risks and uncertainties as well as opportunities. The continent’s two biggest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, will both be embarking on crucial election cycles which will set the tone for government going forward. Beyond politics, reform agendas in Ethiopia, Angola …   Read more

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

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Sall bets are off

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Senegal will hold the first round of presidential elections on 24 February 2019 followed, if necessary, by a second round as the winning candidate will require an absolute majority of the votes. The constitutional court published the final list of candidates in January, confirming the exclusion of Khalifa Sall, head of the Socialist Party (PS), …   Read more

Between tradition and modernity

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The struggle between tradition and modernity is not unique to one country in Africa. It’s a reality in all African politics today.     On the one side is the status quo; the established ruling elites, their systems of governance and the patronage structures which have flowed from their offices, providing benefits to those with …   Read more

Firms should re-engineer business via sustainability

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The current corporate governance code, besides requiring NSE listed firms to disclose directors’ pay, diversify their boards and establish a code of ethics, also requires boards to continually work towards the full attainment of an integrated reporting system. The code, which came into full effect in mid-2017, presents listed firms with an opportunity to gain …   Read more

DRC: investors hold their breath

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On 10 January 2019, the DRC’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) announced the provisional result of the presidential election which took place on 30 December. To most observers’ surprise, the leader of the historic opposition UDPS party, Felix Tshisekedi, was announced as the victor with 38% of the vote, followed by Martin Fayulu with 34% …   Read more

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

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