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African graduates teaser
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In Nigeria, university degrees can lead to poverty

Employers are increasingly demand academic qualifications as a proxy for skills. In Nigeria, this fuels the false dream that a bachelor’s degree is a stepping stone to a good job.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
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New energy, historic relationships: Why Egypt is strengthening its African ties

Common challenges and goals are behind Egypt’s push to strengthen ties with its southern neighbours, argues Qalaa Holdings’ regional director.

Textile manufacturers
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African textile, apparel sector urges US to renew “cornerstone” trade programme

African textile and apparel manufacturers worry that the US Congress is running out of time to renew AGOA trade deal

Cyber security
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Cyber security: The subplot to Africa’s online connectivity boom

Internet usage in Africa grew seven times faster than the global average - but cyber security measures have not kept pace.

Ethiopia consumer protection
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Ethiopia works on new competition and consumer protection rules

Ethiopia is beefing up its competition and consumer protection regulations in an effort to make its business environment safer for both domestic and foreign firms.

3D printing
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A 3D revolution in Africa?

As the 3D printing industry gains traction, entrepreneurs in Africa are coming up with innovations of their own.

Africa beer
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SAB Miller aims for the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ in Africa

Brewing giant sees shift to targeting volume as the key to capture market currently dominated by informal alcohol.

China in Africa for long haul
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Despite slowing growth, China in Africa for the long haul

Demand for commodities is set to slow, but investment trends on the back of China’s ‘New Silk Road’ grand strategy indicates that China’s focus on Africa is here to stay.

Mozambique floods
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Flooding takes its toll on Mozambique SEZs

Heavy flooding in central Mozambique has proved a setback for two of the country’s newest special economic zones.

Suez Canal
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Egypt’s new waterway: People power or pipe dream?

A unique type of popular fundraising will allow Egypt to expand the Suez canal. But is the project becoming too ambitious for the cash strapped country?

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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