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Brains plus brawn: Big food retailers seeking local partners

Africa’s food retail sector is attracting the world’s biggest players, but they are not going in alone. Local partnerships are helping them navigate the continent’s diverse markets and tastes.

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Is currency the biggest risk facing investors in Africa today?

African central banks have not thought through a medium to long-term view on exchange rate policy. Stable exchange regimes will be key to ensuring competitiveness.

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Barclays in Somalia: Don’t blame the company, blame the regulators

Barclays decision to pull out of the remittance business in Somalia reflects regulatory trends, not the bank’s own whims. Those rules need to be reconsidered.

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Kenya revokes mining licenses, doubles gold royalties

Kenya’s mining reforms deepen, drawing criticism and corruption allegations from companies exploring the nascent extractives sector

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Blaze is latest blow to Kenyan tourism

Security concerns, rising taxes and regional rivals have all hit Kenya’s tourist industry of late. This week’s airport fire will do little to help, writes TIA correspondent Cate Reid.

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Horn of Africa oil deals start flowing despite legal haze

As daring oil companies move in, the Somali region is fast becoming a spaghetti soup of overlapping licenses, risking conflict between regional authorities, and between companies.

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Nigeria: IFC eyes more local bonds

The private sector arm of the World Bank will launch a $1bn bond programme in Nigeria

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Africa’s agriculture commodity exchanges take root

A handful of African countries are setting up commodity exchanges in an effort to develop agricultural markets and improve food security. Are they the key to Africa’s agricultural growth?

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Financing agricultural growth

After years of neglect, banks, private equity funds and microfinance institutions are bringing capital to African agriculture

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Ghana eurobond: the end of cheap African debt?

Ghana paid a premium for its $750m eurobond on July 25, raising questions about the rising cost of credit for African nations

Investing in frontier Africa

Investors are flocking to Africa's large and established economies. But the opportunities go much further. This is Africa speaks to Paddy Docherty, CEO of Phoenix Africa, to discuss his experience launching an agricultural investment in Sierra Leone.

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