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Uganda, Kenya lead on better ease of doing business

Uganda has shown marked improvements in its business environment following a spate of reforms. However, the region still lags globally in the rankings.

Botswana’s diamond dilemma
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Botswana’s diamond dilemma

Botswana has managed to develop on the back of its diamond mines, but evolving the industry faces challenges from low prices.

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Luxury brands turn to Africa

Luxury retailers are looking to tap Africa’s growing pool of wealthy consumers. The sector is growing, but economic headwinds may slow the trajectory.

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Zimbabwe’s currency quandaries

Zimbabwe’s 12 currency system has stabilised the economy, but increasingly it looks like a double-edged sword.

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Challenges ahead for North African solar export

As North Africa’s solar investments begin to pay off, building an export industry connected to Europe faces obstacles from lack of regional integration.

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Mozambique resists cronyism in gas licensing

As companies vie to access Mozambique’s vast gas resources, the country has, for now,  dispelled fears that the Nyusi administration will descend into crony capitalism.

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Africa expansion drives SAB Miller, AB InBev mega-merger

Strong investor confidence in many African markets is fuelling a rise in M&A activity and multinational power plays.

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Egypt’s fig leaf elections keep business elite on side

Egypt’s flawed elections will placate international scrutiny while giving the domestic business elite enough of a say to mollify them as the military consolidates power.

Strongman politics
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Mixed blessings for investors in end of strongman politics

Social change is never without turbulence, and investors may find the going more difficult without the short-term stability a strongman can provide.

Africa’s tech movement gets political
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Africa’s tech movement gets political

Africa’s tech scene and improving ICT infrastructure are connecting citizens and producing a new IT business constituency. These forces are altering the political landscape.

Consolidating Africa's banks

Arnold Ekpe talks to This is Africa about the logic of consolidating banks in many of the region's markets.

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