Political Economy

30 Apr 2021

Agriculture presents a major opportunity for African entrepreneurs.

By Leon Louw founder and editor at WhyAfrica 8 April 2021 – Agriculture will play a key role in the development of Africa’s economy after Covid-19. Although agriculture has historically […]
29 Apr 2021

WhyAfrica’s Hawks Eye is on Barrick Gold’s Loulo-Gounkoto complex in Mali.

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 29 April 2021 – Despite the fragile political situation in Mali, Barrick Gold Corporation’s Loulo-Gounkoto complex continues delivering the ounces at a […]
28 Apr 2021

Africa’s recovery depends on green investments.

23 April 2021 – Africa’s huge market offers immense opportunities for investors. However, it is imperative that development and investments ensure sustainability, improve the plight of Africa’s people, and address […]
26 Apr 2021

Africa need to step up infrastructural integration.

26 April 2021 – As countries rebuild their economies following Covid-19, Africa needs to step up productive and infrastructural integration, participants heard at a regional presentation of the African Regional […]
24 Apr 2021

More refugees arrive in Chad after clashes in the Central Africa Republic

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom the quoted text may be attributed – at a press briefing at the Palais […]
22 Apr 2021

Africa’s policymakers should accelerate the implementation and adoption of AfCFTA

Vinod Madhavan, Head of Trade at Standard Bank Group 22 April 2021 – After a cautious start, Africa’s policymakers should accelerate the implementation and adoption of the African Continental Free-trade […]
19 Apr 2021

Africa 2021: Emerging from the Covid-19 abyss

By Hari Chaitanya, Head of Investor Services, Product Management at Standard Bank  19 April 2021 – Africa, like the rest of the world, was hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, […]
18 Apr 2021

Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick of the Week

By Leon Louw founder of WhyAfrica   18 April 2021 – New mining projects, unsurpassed tourism and agricultural potential, and a robust and diversified economy makes Botswana WhyAfrica’s Pick of […]
18 Apr 2021

Where to invest in Africa?

By Leon Louw founder of WhyAfrica 18 April 2021 – Africa has a young population, there is a severe lack of infrastructure, and the continent hosts some of the best […]
18 Apr 2021

Africa is not only about profits in the back pocket.

By Leon Louw, founder of WhyAfrica 18 April 2021 – Investing in Africa should not only be about big profits in the back pocket. Any African country is a high-risk […]
17 Apr 2021

New leadership in Niger leads to investment inflow.

By Verner Ayukegba, Senior Vice President of the African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) 17 April 2021 – After Niger’s peaceful transition on 2 April 2021, newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum, has […]
16 Apr 2021

Business leaders have mandate to accelerate Africa’s development.

By Jordan Rittenberry, CEO of Edelman Africa 16 April 2021 – Africa’s business leaders now have a clear mandate from consumers and society to work with governments and civil society […]
13 Apr 2021

African Union launches blue economy strategy.

By Mr Mokrane Sabri 13 April 2021 – The African Union has designated the years 2015-2025 as ‘The Decade of African Seas and Oceans’, and in February 2020, it launched […]
8 Apr 2021

World Bank provides USD375 to boost pastoral production systems in the Sahel.

08 April 2021 – Pastoralism is a key driver of growth that provides livelihoods for more than 20 million people in the Sahel. The World Bank recently provided USD375 to […]
7 Apr 2021

Boko Haram step up attacks in Cameroon

07 April 2021 – The Islamist armed group Boko Haram has stepped up attacks on civilians in towns and villages in the Far North region of Cameroon since December 2020, killing at […]
7 Apr 2021

32% of African companies manage to expand international sales.

07 April 2021 – A global study of private sector perspectives, commissioned by DP World and conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, shows international trade flows have not declined as dramatically as […]
6 Apr 2021

South African government looks to the rail sector to grow the economy.

06 April 2021 – The rail infrastructure in many African countries have been neglected over the las 20 to 30 years. The importance of a good rail infrastructure should not […]
5 Apr 2021

Why does the African Continental Free Trade Area matter?

05 April 2021 – The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) could be an exciting gamechanger for the people of Africa and for companies doing business in Africa. But what […]
5 Apr 2021

Russian presence in CAR a cause for concern

05 April 2021 – United Nations experts have warned that a Russian presence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is cause for concern. The group of experts expressed concerns about […]
4 Apr 2021

Did we cry wolf in Mozambique?

By Leon Louw for WhyAfrica  04 April 2021 – How did risk analysts and intelligence agencies get it so wrong in Mozambique? Or did they? They have been warning about […]
3 Apr 2021

2023 elections will mark critical stage in DRC.

03 April 2021 – The 2023 electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will mark “a new critical stage” in the country’s journey to democratic transition and […]
2 Apr 2021

Energy sector will drive Africa, Ayuk tells WhyAfrica.

By L.M. Louw for WhyAfrica  02 April 2021 – In an exclusive and fascinating discussion, NJ Ayuk, Chairman of the African Energy Chamber, tells WhyAfrica that the energy sector will […]
29 Mar 2021

Gas could be a gamechanger for Zimbabwe.

29 March 2021 – In what could possibly be a gamechanger for Zimbabwe, the country’s government has given the green light for a gas project in the north-east of the […]
26 Mar 2021

Light at the end of the tunnel

ByChuku Adamon Mukasa and Yaye Betty Camara 26 March 2021 – There is light at the end of the tunnel for Africa’s economic recovery. Real GDP is projected to grow […]
26 Mar 2021

Chad Basin: Ravaged by conflict, but stable on the ground.

26 March 2021 – Although the Chad basin has been ravaged by conflict, efforts to rebuild communities across seven impact areas is reaping rewards and the region is gradually becoming […]
22 Mar 2021

South Africa’s long road to recovery.

By L.M. Louw 22 March 2021 – We should not underestimate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fightback in South Africa. Although the country’s reputation has taken a severe knock over the last […]
22 Mar 2021

Covid-19 cuts down two big African trees.

By L.M. Louw 22 March 2021 – Covid-19 has cut down two big African trees. John Magufuli (61) passed away as president of Tanzania last week, while the Zulu monarch, […]
19 Mar 2021

Tanzania poised for a U-Turn.

19 March 2021 – After the untimely death of President John Magufuli this week, Tanzania might be poised for a U-Turn on Covid-19 policies and improved relationships with foreign investors. […]
16 Mar 2021

What companies need to know before expanding into Africa

16 March 2021 – The African market is a lucrative business opportunity, with returns being notably higher than in existing, saturated markets.  Several companies are considering expanding their footprint across […]
16 Mar 2021

Africa expected to reach 3.4% growth in 2021.

16 March 2021 – Despite a global pandemic and external economic shocks, Africa is expected to recover from its worst recession in half a century and reach 3.4% growth in […]