Recent Africa InDepth

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

Silent Risks in Banking Today – Kenyan Banks

      On 14th July 2016, africapractice convened a financial services breakfast to discuss the non-financial risks affecting banking institutions. The breakfast forum attended by fund managers, regulators, non-executive board members and senior management of banking institutions brought to the fore some of the turbulence experienced by the sector over the last 12 months. …   Read more

Brexit and its implications for Africa

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The UK’s Brexit vote on 23 June has sent shock waves across the globe. As Africa pursues a dream of closer economic integration, policymakers and business people will be reflecting on whether this really does mean an end to current assumptions around trade and international relations. More immediately, many African countries are struggling with international …   Read more

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