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“Africa always knew its potential, but now, for the first time, I think Africa has confidence in itself because it has seen the beginning of a much faster and independent path towards growth”
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Up and coming
Buoyed by strong growth in Africa’s tourism sector, a number of the world’s largest hotel chains are investing heavily in expanding their geographical footprints on the continent
Alassane Ouattara, President of Côte d’Ivoire
“The institutional framework for democracy is not complete until we have parliamentary elections. We hope all parties, including the former president’s party, will participate”
Climate Deal: The right way?
As UN climate talks enter a 17th round in Durban, sceptics ask whether a global deal is the best approach
Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development
“Our partners in developing countries appreciate we are living up to our promises on fast-start climate financing. There is no doubt we are delivering on the amount and the quality of investment”
African Growth: A cautionary note
Africa’s economic performance in recent years has attracted much attention, suggesting the continent has overcome the “lost decades” of the 1980s and 1990s, which bred far-reaching Afro-pessimism. This recent optimism is an effort to re-brand a continent.
Reassessing political risk
In the wake of the Arab Spring, the time has come to reassess political risk in sub-Saharan Africa
UK Development Policy in an age of austerity
In a 2011 article titled “The Lion Kings?” The Economist noted with surprise that more than half of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies in the past decade were in Africa
Frank Braeken, Executive Vice President, Africa, Unilever
“What we need to do is much more listening to what the African consumer needs”
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“There is a regional consensus that the crisis cannot be allowed to affect regional development”
“Africa probably has more resources than any place you can imagine”
“There can never be soft touch regulation. But it has to be regulation that is not arbitrary. The direction needs to be clear”
“Africa has lots of potential – raw materials and young people – but it needs FDI”