Recent Africa InDepth

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

The African Year in 2018

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As the global economy begins to advance on surer footing, Africa’s economies face an important test. Some will be buoyed by the creeping rise in commodity prices. But this could be partially offset by rising interest rates in Western economies. These will both increase the cost of foreign currency debt-servicing for African governments and corporates, …   Read more

South Africa: the ANC’s elective conference 2017

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With just under three weeks to go until the African National Congress’s (ANC) elective conference, the race to succeed President Jacob Zuma is entering its most critical phase. The conference occurs against a backdrop of prolonged controversy around the country’s leadership, prompted by scandals in government and widening divisions within the heart of the ruling …   Read more

Ethiopia: Africa’s great enigma

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For many businesses scanning Africa for the next opportunity, Ethiopia is the continent’s great enigma. It is a country that has experienced near double-digit growth for the best part of a decade, is rich in land and resources, and has a growing population of over 100 million people; second only to Nigeria on the continent. …   Read more

All eyes on the kingmakers: Liberia’s presidential election

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Next month, Liberians will go to the polls to vote in a new government and leader. The election will mark the end of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s 12 years in office. In 2005, Sirleaf became the first elected female African leader, as Liberia transitioned back to democracy from its devastating civil conflict. Sirleaf has played a …   Read more

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Recent Blog Posts

Stronger investor relations could unlock growth in Kenya’s fintech space

Thanks to the continued mainstreaming of fintech, disruptive technology is now a key boardroom agenda in most leading financial institutions around the world. This is a global trend with far-reaching local implications in view of the increasingly central role that technology plays in Kenya’s financial sector. Having embraced M-PESA 11 years ago, Kenya has an …   Read more

The African Free Trade Dividend

Africa’s increasing integration has been much talked about over the past couple of weeks. The progress displayed on this project is one for which Africa’s political leadership deserves praise and is one of the most significant developments on the continent for many years. Africa’s cooperation efforts date back to 1963 but attempts to achieve this …   Read more

Fresh approach to Africa’ infrastructure development key to success of new trade treaty

Kenyan MPs are currently debating a Bill to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), a landmark trade treaty that was signed by 44 African countries in Kigali, Rwanda, this March. Like Kenya, several other African countries are also fast-tracking the process of ratifying the treaty, indicating that the political will needed to successfully …   Read more

Nigeria: Buhari fires the starting gun

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Nigeria’s presidential office announced today that President Muhammadu Buhari will stand for re-election in the February 2019 general elections. The announcement comes shortly before the President travels to the UK ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, amid speculation that his trip may incorporate further medical check-ups which could lengthen his absence from Nigeria. …   Read more

africapractice establishes regional headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana.

africapractice, a pan-African strategy and communications consulting firm, has launched a new office in Gaborone to serve as the group’s regional headquarters.   Read more

Why Climate Change in Africa Deserves More Attention

Lennox Yieke, Associate Consultant, africapractice   Read more

South Africa: Ramaphosa’s balancing act

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South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa on 26 February conducted a cabinet reshuffle, removing ten Ministers and three Deputies from post. In total, 20 cabinet portfolios were impacted by the shake-up. Ramaphosa’s appointments appear to have been driven by three primary considerations; restoring confidence and performance in the economy; demonstrating a commitment to tackling graft; …   Read more

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