Recent Africa InDepth

DRC’s brewing political storm creating risks for the mining sector

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With the government of President Joseph Kabila showing no interest in relinquishing power, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) looks set to be entering a period of deepening political crisis. Kabila will exploit the weakness and disunity of the opposition, while the international community will struggle to impose a solution in the absence of compliance …   Read more

Marcus Courage: Boosting Trade and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa ‘’Prospects for UK and African businesses’’

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  Marcus Courage, CEO and founder of africapractice looks into the prospects for UK and Africa business I’ve never seen the trust deficit between Government, business and society as depleted as it is today. We live in a more nationalistic world, with creeping resistance to foreigners. People are losing faith that governments and big business …   Read more

A perspective on Kenya’s Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Act, 2017

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Although Kenya has had an anti-money laundering framework in place since 2009, the country has remained vulnerable to money laundering and financial fraud. The inadequacies of the original legal framework to regulate a sector which has undergone significant evolutions both in traditional and non-traditional financial services has created regulatory gaps that can be exploited by …   Read more

The African Year in 2017

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Amid a seismic shift in global politics that is resonating across the world’s economies, Africa will need to stand tall in 2017 if it is to position itself effectively in a fast-changing climate for international trade, investment and development assistance. Over-reliance on commodity prices has already exposed a number of African countries to sharp downturns, …   Read more

Nigeria: The Long Road Ahead

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The euphoria around President Buhari’s 2015 election victory has proven short-lived with Nigeria currently rocked by the worst recession in a generation. The oil price slump and production disruption linked to militancy in the Niger delta has starved the government of its primary source of revenues and foreign exchange receipts. Meanwhile, tough economic conditions and …   Read more

Tanzania: Decoding ‘the Magufuli way’ and forging a path for constructive private sector engagement

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John Magufuli’s victory in the 2015 presidential elections marked a watershed moment in Tanzanian politics. Since becoming President, Magufuli has tirelessly sought to tackle corruption, improve governance and ensure regulatory and fiscal compliance. This presidential ambition and the new ruling style that has accompanied it, has had a perceptible impact on how the state functions …   Read more

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Recent Blog Posts

The aftermath: Implications of the 8th Kenya Elections

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The official results of the recently-concluded 2017 Kenyan elections have given the incumbent party a resounding victory. President Uhuru Kenyatta secured 54% compared to 44% for his longstanding rival Raila Odinga. Meanwhile, the Jubilee Party has gained a clear majority in both the Senate and the National assembly, with several of the independent winners and …   Read more

South Africa’s leadership tussle: eight lives down

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Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma on 8 August once again proved he is a determined political survivor, overcoming his eighth no confidence vote to remain at the helm. Even the imposition of a secret ballot to allow MPs greater freedom in their vote cast was not enough to unseat the President who secured his …   Read more

Kenya Election scenarios and timelines

The 2017 Kenyan general elections take place next week but uncertainties remain around the likely scenarios and timelines for the polls. With high scope for a contested outcome prompting both legal petitions and political dialogue, there remain credible conditions under which it will take several weeks for a new government to take office and consolidate …   Read more

Prospects for stability

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With just over a week to go before the general elections, political parties are scrambling to invigorate their electoral campaigns as they seek to drive turnout and support for the vote. Meanwhile, the contested atmosphere and seeming organisational deficiencies of the polls raises significant concerns over the potential conduct of the election, and the reaction …   Read more

‘All politics is local’: The importance of down-ticket races in 2017

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As the 8 August general elections approach, much of the attention is focused on the compelling presidential contest between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his opposition challenger, Raila Odinga. But for lower levels of political office, the competition is likely to be no less fierce with a range of influential posts for MPs and County Governors in particular …   Read more

Odinga’s final stand for the top post

Over the years, he has become skilled at opposition politics, initially gaining prominence as a kingmaker for former President Mwai Kibaki in 2002 under a coalition party. This was followed by his contribution to creating the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) which in the 2005 referendum, successfully opposed the implementation of a new constitution. His greatest …   Read more

Mining Charter 3: A response to the clarion call for radical change in South Africa

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The third iteration of the Mining Charter released by Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on 15 June, has elicited a flurry of criticism and outrage from mining companies, investors, economic and political stakeholders, both within South Africa and abroad. The Mining Charter 3, broadly aims to set up targets for black economic empowerment in the mining sector with a focus on issues such as ownership, employment equity and procurement of services and products. The Charter’s new propositions on transformation are viewed as threatening to investor value and appetite, mainly in how it aims to increase levels of ownership and control by disadvantaged groups above the previously mandated 26% as outlined in Mining Charter 2.   Read more

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