Political Economy

21 Sep 2021

Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean join forces to drive circularity

The African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA), and the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean (CEC LAC) have organised the first regional dialogue to strengthen cooperation around their […]
21 Sep 2021

Troubled times an opportunity to make a difference

Troubled times an opportunity to make a difference Although the world is in a crisis, it is the ideal time for business leaders, the private sector, governments, and development agencies […]
17 Sep 2021

INSTITUTE OF RISK MANAGEMENT SOUTH AFRICA (IRMSA) ANNUAL CONFERENCE – 29 & 30 SEPTEMBER

INSTITUTE OF RISK MANAGEMENT SOUTH AFRICA (IRMSA) ANNUAL CONFERENCE – 29 & 30 SEPTEMBER A CALL TO ACTION FOR RISK PROFESSIONALS AND BUSINESS LEADERS TO STEP UP Charting and managing […]
15 Sep 2021

West African Gas Pipeline a model for Intra-African trade

The West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) is a good model for Intra-African trade that could be adopted by other emerging natural gas regions across Africa.   The WAGP comprises a […]
12 Sep 2021

Congo-Brazzaville’s hydrocarbon sector a potential catalyst for economic growth

12 September 2021 – By leveraging its 2.9-billion-barrel crude oil reserves and 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the Congo-Brazzaville’s hydrocarbon sector will be a major catalyst of the […]
7 Sep 2021

Oil, gas and mining projects in West Africa remain a priority despite Guinea’s military coup

07 September 2021- According to several companies operating in the region, their oil, gas and mining projects remain a priority in West Africa despite the military coup in Guinea over […]
6 Sep 2021

Conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray a crisis of large proportions

06 September 2021 – The conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is a crisis of large proportions. Its impacts have been severe, and it has tainted the image of Ethiopia and […]
5 Sep 2021

Why Africa needs your business

05 September 2021 – Business in Africa has a chequered history. However, foreign investment is now needed more than ever. In this article, Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica, […]
2 Sep 2021

Investments and PPPs will grow South Africa’s economy

By Johan Meyer, Executive Head of Projects and Technology at Exxaro 02 September 2021 – Despite the many challenges, there is hope for South Africa’s economy. Investments and public-private partnerships […]
31 Aug 2021

SMEs in South Africa remain resilient despite instability

31 August 2021 – Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa has remained resilient despite the recent instability. This is according to research based on the latest data by […]
30 Aug 2021

Africa banks on the private sector for a Covid-19 recovery

30 August 2021 – Africa banks on the private sector for a Covid-19 recovery. In a meeting held last week, the G20 Compact with Africa reaffirmed its commitment to secure […]
29 Aug 2021

Minerals Council concerned about South Africa’s record unemployment

29 August 2021 – The Minerals Council of South Africa is concerned about the country’s record unemployment of announced by StatsSA last week.    South Africa’s shocking unemployment rate of […]
28 Aug 2021

The Gambia launches its new five-year export strategy

28 August 2021 – The Gambia, with the support of the Commonwealth Secretariat, last week launched its new five-year export strategy. The export strategy is aimed at ensuring dynamic and […]
25 Aug 2021

Integration, security now key to Africa’s infrastructure

25 August 2021 – Continental integration has long been a dream for Africa but progress has been slow. Integration and security are now key to Africa’s further infrastructure development. Continental […]
24 Aug 2021

Action in Southern Africa is a light at the end of the tunnel

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 24 August 2021 – Although challenges remain in the wake of the latest Covid-19 waves, political action in Southern Africa is a […]
22 Aug 2021

A glimpse of genuine change and new hope for Zambia

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica       22 August 2021 – Hakainde Hichilema’s election victory has given the Zambian people, and the business fraternity,  a glimpse of  genuine […]
19 Aug 2021

The 3rd ECOWAS Mining & Petroleum Forum happens in Niamey, Republic of Niger, on 1 – 3 December 2021.

19 August 2021 – The Republic of Niger, Niamey, is the ECOWAS member state hosting the 3rd ECOWAS Mining & Petroleum Forum (ECOMOF 2021), is now taking place on 1 […]
11 Aug 2021

Global pandemic continues to have dire consequences for business in Ghana

11 August 2021 – According to the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Business Barometer Report, the global pandemic Covid-19 continues to have dire consequences for business in Ghana. According to […]
4 Aug 2021

Rwandan troops sweep rapidly through Cabo Delgado

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 04 August 2021 – The 1000 Rwandan troops deployed in Mozambique early in July, have swept rapidly through the Cabo Delgado province […]
3 Aug 2021

Zambia elections: Commonwealth observer group to be headed by former President of Tanzania

03 August 2021 – The Zambian general elections, scheduled to take place on 12 August 2021, is expected to be a close affair. A Commonwealth observer group to be headed […]
1 Aug 2021

Botswana’s diversification strategy gathers momentum

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 01 August 2021 – Although Covid-19 has presented Botswana with many challenges, the country’s diversification strategy started gathering momentum during this time. […]
31 Jul 2021

North African oil and gas producers move on energy transition

31 July 2021 – As the need for energy transformation gathers pace at a global level, North African countries are also starting to make moves. According to Mohamed Boussaîd, Tunisia’s […]
31 Jul 2021

Mining investment in the DRC not at expected levels

By Warren Beech, CEO of Beech Veltman Incorporated  31 July 2021 – The DRC is endowed with vast mineral reserves, particularly cobalt, copper and gold. Despite its rich mineral deposits, […]
29 Jul 2021

President Samia Hassan’s Tanzanian conundrum

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica   29 July 2021 – What comes first? Enticing foreign investors or cuddling up to the opposition and civil society? This is […]
25 Jul 2021

All roads lead to Durban

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 25 July 2021 – All roads lead to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. A sobering and perplexing thought, but a fact that will change, […]
24 Jul 2021

Are we telling the African story?

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 24 July 2021 – Negative perceptions about Africa persist, despite great strides being made in many countries across the continent to warrant […]
24 Jul 2021

Sudan could be a breadbasket but security remains a concern

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica  24 July 2021 – Sudan could be the breadbasket of North and East Africa, but safety and security remains a concern that […]
16 Jul 2021

Law has to prevail in South Africa and key corridors must be protected

By: Dr Juanita Maree – Chairperson: The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) 16 July 2021 – The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) strongly condemns the wanton […]
13 Jul 2021

WhyAfrica one year later

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 13 July 2021 – About one year ago, during the Covid-19 level 5-lockdown in South Africa, the first WhyAfrica newsletter saw the […]
12 Jul 2021

Risks to operate in Mali high after military coups

By WhyAfrica 11 July 2021 – The risks of operating in Mali are significantly higher this year than in 2020 after two military coups took place in the West African […]