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Building a future of borderless trade

Africa’s intra-regional trade networks are underdeveloped, but new laws and investments target its expansion.

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Habre on trial: Justice interrupted?

The trial of Chad’s former ruler in Senegal is the first time a universal jurisdiction case is proceeding in Africa - but the process has been marred by delays.

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Amid fanfare, Egypt inaugurates Suez Canal expansion

As Egypt unveiled an $8.2bn expansion of the Suez Canal, critics question whether the upgrade can bring all the benefits the Sisi administration claims.

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The limits of Agoa in South Africa

Fifteen years after it was first signed, South Africa’s access to US markets through the Agoa trade agreement has done little to dampen rampant unemployment.

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Talking failure: Africa's new startup trend

Beneath the euphoria about homegrown African innovations, the realities of high burn rates and lack of funds are setting in. For many veterans entrepreneurs, franker discussions of failure are the order of the day.

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Health is worth the investment – for government and business

Health is just one goal among the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals, but it is the golden thread that underpins all other aims.

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African textile sector welcomes US trade agreement extension

The renewal of Agoa, a major US trade programme, raises hopes for the expansion of textile and apparel manufacturing in Africa

Uganda oil

Uganda pushes towards first oil despite low price environment

Despite moves by major energy companies to cut more than $100bn in spending on new projects worldwide, Uganda pushes ahead on licensing with the goal of producing first oil by 2018.

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Shea butter booms in northern Ghana

The market for shea butter has doubled in the past 10 years, with demand sending prices soaring. But are the rural women who produce it the ones benefiting?

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Africa’s schools targeted in China tech export move

China is making bold pledges to use tech to improve education in Africa. The question is: what is in it for them?

Global Goals will fail without climate pact

Professor Sir Gordon Conway talks to This Is Africa about why a binding climate agreement at COP21 in December will be essential to fulfilling the new UN-led Sustainable Development Goals.

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