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Nigerian local shoe industries attract Chinese investors
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Nigeria local shoe industries attract Chinese investors

Already a commercial hub, Aba is now set to become a centre for light manufacturing in Nigeria thanks to investment from China’s Huajian Group. Some worry it will displace local businesses.

Driving industrialisation in Africa through entrepreneurship
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Driving industrialisation in Africa through entrepreneurship

Increasing the competitiveness of smaller companies that have low levels of formal training is vital to the success of industrialisation strategies, according to the 2017 African Economic Outlook.

In Nigeria, defense corruption replaces waning oil rents
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In Nigeria, defense corruption replaces waning oil rents

Declining oil revenues have forced corrupt Nigerian leaders to seize opportunities in a different sector – defence. The consequence? An army that is not ready to defeat Boko Haram.

South Africa- Zuma unleashed
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South Africa: Zuma unleashed

President Jacob Zuma is gambling with his country’s future and economic viability for his own political survival. He may just get away with it, to South Africa’s detriment.

Capital Markets in East Africa- Developing the Buy Side
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Capital markets in east Africa: Developing the buy side

A well-functioning buy side reduces an economy’s reliance on foreign portfolio investors, increasing resilience to shocks and providing pools of capital for development-minded investment.

Cameroon internet
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Tech and politics collide in Cameroon’s internet blackout

Cameroon’s government shutdown the internet to stymie protests. It seems to have backfired, sparking further activism and galvanising international attention.

China steps up media charm offensive across Africa
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China steps up media charm offensive across Africa

Improving soft power through the media is a focus for Beijing. In Africa, China’s media presence is growing in line with deepening economic and political ties.

Africa’s dinosaur dictators- Heading for extinction in 2017?
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Africa’s dinosaur dictators: Heading for extinction in 2017?

Economic crisis is sparking demand for change in oil-producing countries in central Africa. New governments are likely to review oil and gas contracts, while companies will face heightened security risks.

A rising Fed and Africa- Trends to watch
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A rising Fed and Africa: Trends to watch

In mid-December, the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for just the second time in over a decade, with additional hikes likely through 2017. Expect ripple effects through bonds, equities and trade for Africa.

Libyan oil- A bittersweet return?
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Libyan oil: A bittersweet return?

Frantic deal making now looks to have brought about the surprise return to force of Libya in the oil export market. Will it work against Opec’s efforts to forge deals to cut global production?

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