Country in Focus

23 Nov 2020

Private investment will strengthen fragile African states

By LM Louw for WhyAfrica 23 November 2020 – Private investment, in tandem with other forms of funding, can strengthen fragile African states and improve the outlook of its people. […]
22 Nov 2020

African Development Bank calls for Faster Industrialisation of African Economies

22 November 2020 – The African Development Bank counts industrialising Africa as one of its high-5 key strategic aims, critical for the transformation of African economies At the forefront of […]
19 Nov 2020

Greening intra-African trade is key to sustainable industrialisation

By Dr Henok Asmelash – lecturer at Birmingham Law School, the University of Birmingham 19 November 2020 – Ensuring the sustainability of their industrialisation is not just a matter of […]
14 Nov 2020

Mozambique withdraws prospecting licenses

14 November 2020 – The Mozambique government has withdrawn more than 2000 mining prospecting licenses over the last five years because the holders failed to initiate mining activities. According to […]
13 Nov 2020

Uganda’s electricity regulations top class

13 November 2020 – According to the African Development Bank’s Electricity Regulatory Index Report 2020, Uganda tops the list of African countries with the best developed electricity regulatory framework.    […]
8 Nov 2020

Africa offers investment returns despite challenges.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast – 08 November 2020 – There are unmatched investment returns in Africa despite the challenges. The consensus among panelists taking part in the AIF’s recent webinar was […]
5 Nov 2020

Lime operation a boost for DRC’s cement production

05 November 2020 – The government of the DRC expects a recently commissioned lime kiln at a cement plant to boost the country’s annual cement production substantially.  The kiln at […]
2 Nov 2020

Insurgents still active in Cabo Delgado

02 November 2020 – Despite efforts by the Mozambican government to curtail attacks by insurgents on villages in the Cabo Delgado Province, the situation has not improved enough to regard […]
1 Nov 2020

Big men, little people

By LM Louw 01 November 2020 – The big men are back. While democracy in Africa has strengthened over the past 20 years or so, there are worrying signs that […]
28 Oct 2020

Second gas discovery gives SA hope

28 October 2020 – A second gas discovery gives SA hope during tough times after Covid-19 lockdowns in the first half of the year wrecked the national economy. Total’s second […]
27 Oct 2020

Ethiopia a prime spot for geologists

27 October 2020 – Ethiopia has become a prime spot for geologists and junior exploration companies as the country’s government ease up on regulations and prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali’s […]
24 Oct 2020
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Twiga’s gold mines in Tanzania is pick of the week

By LM Louw  24 October 2020 – As Tanzania enters the final straight before general elections, my pick of the week is Twiga Minerals, a joint venture between Barrick Gold […]
22 Oct 2020

South Sudan elections critical

By Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Former Minister of Petroleum, South Sudan Juba, South Sudan – 21 October 2020 – South Sudan elections are critical and a free and fair election is […]
21 Oct 2020

New drive to attract private sector capital to Africa

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 20 October 2020 – There is a new drive to attract private sector capital to Africa. Africa’s largest development finance institutions have emphasised that a sustained and […]
17 Oct 2020

Tension in Mali as UN records more deadly attacks

17 October 2020/UN News – Authorities in Mali are being urged to act swiftly to apprehend those responsible for two separate attacks on 15 October 2020 against peacekeepers serving MINUSMA, […]
15 Oct 2020

CAR elections an opportunity for peace says Guterres

15 October 2020 – The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called for parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) to prioritise national dialogue and consensus-building ahead of elections scheduled to […]
12 Oct 2020

Mozambique insurgency a major problem says Total CEO

By Francois De Beaupuy at Bloomberg 12 October 2020 – Total SE CEO Patrick Pouyanne called on European nations to help Mozambique fight an insurgency, backed by the Islamic State, […]
8 Oct 2020

Construction of third Ghana port in the pipeline

08 October 2020 – According to Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Ghana’s country minister of transport, plans to start construction at the Keta seaport are well underway and it is expected that […]
7 Oct 2020

Concrete steps needed to end impunity in DRC

First published by Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) 07 October 2020 – Kinshasa – The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities and the United Nations have not done enough to […]
5 Oct 2020

Ethiopia ready for a gold rush

05 October 2020 – According to an article first published by Bloomberg, Ethiopian gold exports surged after the central bank offered higher prices for the metal in a bid to […]
4 Oct 2020

Sudan’s humanitarian crisis deepens

Published by UN News 03 October 2020 – Catastrophic flooding and rising food and health costs in Sudan, have driven up the number of people in need, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said […]
3 Oct 2020

Nigeria on track after 60 years of independence

By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber 03 October 2020 – While getting Nigeria to the point where it can realise the full potential of its petroleum resources has […]
30 Sep 2020

Magufuli dances macabre with mining

By LM Louw 30 September 2020 – As Tanzania heads into its next general election president John Magufuli seems to have the edge on his long list of competitors. However, […]
24 Sep 2020

The keys to a peaceful Sahel

By Mabingué Ngom. Dakar, Senegal, 21 September 2020 – The key to a peaceful Sahel is the responsibility of the people of the region to free themselves from the current […]
23 Sep 2020

Is the DRC really a problem child?

By Jessica Stang, community manager of the Germany Africa Business Forum. Berlin, Germany, 22 September 2020 – Is the DRC really a problem child? According to the World Bank, just […]
21 Sep 2020

When in Nigeria, ask for the South African in Abuja

21 September 2020 – When in Nigeria, ask for the South African in Abuja. Not many South Africans have travelled to Nigeria. Less than a handful have  started up their […]
18 Sep 2020

Are sanctions against South Sudan working?

18 September 2020 – Since 2014, the Republic of South Sudan’s government, over a dozen local companies and a number of individuals have been the object of targeted sanctions, imposed […]
14 Sep 2020

Floods ravage Sudan

14 September 2020 – Heavy rainfall has intensified in Sudan over the past week, causing more flooding, displacement and deaths, and leading the government to declare a three-month state of […]
13 Sep 2020

A radical threat

13 September 2020 – The political, security and economic risks of operating in Africa have multiplied during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Locking down” the continent has resulted in economic meltdown and […]
10 Sep 2020

African private sector calls for fair world trade

10 September 2020 – African CEOs have called for fair world trade. A recent survey of 200 CEOs heading up companies in Africa revealed that almost 37% feel that the […]