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Hidden Figures- Tapping into informal economy
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Hidden figures: tapping into the informal economy

Africa’s informal economy hosts large swathes of the continent’s budding techpreneurs. Big business has an important role to play in bringing them into the formal system

Kenyan business battered by election uncertainty
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Kenyan business battered by election uncertainty

Estimates put the cost of lost opportunities across the economy due to political instability at £5.12bn, or around 10 percent of GDP.

Tourists return to Egypt but terror concerns still loom
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Tourists return to Egypt but terror concerns still loom

Egypt is hoping that 8 million visitors will visit by the end of 2017, up from 5.3 million last year, which made 2016 the worst year on record.

West African business should turn to solar for their bottom line
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West African business should turn to solar for their bottom line

Businesses in west Africa pay more for power than their counterparts in the rest of the continent and most parts of the world. Solar energy systems can provide an alternative.

Nigerian local shoe industries attract Chinese investors
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Nigeria local shoe industries attract Chinese investors

Already a commercial hub, Aba is now set to become a centre for light manufacturing in Nigeria thanks to investment from China’s Huajian Group. Some worry it will displace local businesses.

Italy in Libya teaser
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Italy expands its footprint in Libya

The Italian navy is deploying ships to stop migrant boats off Libya in the latest expansion of government policy aimed at curbing migration. However, energy interests are also at stake.

Data towards development- civil registries in Sierra Leone
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Data towards development: civil registries in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s new National Civil Registration Authority will provide the infrastructure to foster economic growth and aid recovery from humanitarian disaster.

Patrick Pouyanne, Chairman and CEO of Total
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Total’s power play in east Africa

After decades operating in west Africa, the French oil major now dominates the eastern region’s upstart oil industries through a series of buy-ins and acquisitions

Contracting in Nigeria- open it to fix it
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Contracting in Nigeria: open it to fix it

Public procurement corruption plagues many countries across Africa. Nigeria’s Budeshi open data platform provides a model for those looking for tools to fix this.

Mobile contributes $110bn to sub-Saharan economies
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Mobile contributes $110bn to sub-Saharan economies

Sub-Saharan Africa is, and will continue to be, the fastest growing mobile market in the world.


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