Political Economy

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 […]
11 Jul 2021

Why some Zulu’s in South Africa say they will die for Zuma

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 10 July 2021 – As I write this piece I have one eye on the television set in the background, and the […]
11 Jul 2021

Tanzanian president and Barrick Gold reviews progress at Twiga

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 11 July 2021 – Tanzanian president Samia Suluhu Hassan and Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow has met to review progress at Twiga, […]
8 Jul 2021

Namibia becomes an attractive proposition for oil and gas exploration

08 July 2021 – Since the first discovery of oil-bearing source rocks about eight years ago, Namibia has become an attractive proposition for oil and gas exploration.  Historically overlooked by […]
4 Jul 2021

African Development Bank launches a Strategy for Economic Governance in Africa

04 July 2021 – The African Development Bank has launched its Strategy for Economic Governance in Africa (SEGA), aimed at fostering transparent and accountable governments and institutions to secure inclusive, […]
27 Jun 2021

Expanded port will transform Berbera into a logistics hub

27 June 2021 – The expanded port and economic zone of the Berbera corridor in Somaliland will transform Berbera into an integrated maritime, industrial and logistics hub in the horn […]
27 Jun 2021

Political progress and stability see South Sudan open up energy sector for investment

27 June 2021 – After years of instability and conflict, it appears that peace is finally gaining a foothold in South Sudan. Continued political progress, peacekeeping efforts and stability have […]
20 Jun 2021

African Continental Free Trade Area an opportunity to achieve sustainable growth

By Lebo Letsoalo The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a unique opportunity for African economies to achieve integrated and sustainable growth and to address chronic youth unemployment in […]
14 Jun 2021

Conflict in Cabo Delgado continues more than 2 months after attack on Palma

By Leon Louw founder and editor of  WhyAfrica 14 June 2021 – According to reports the armed conflict in Palma and surrounding areas in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique […]
13 Jun 2021

The hidden tax costs for SA multinationals operating in Africa

13 June 2021 – South African headquartered businesses supporting subsidiaries in other African countries need to take note of hidden tax costs. These South African businesses may be shocked when […]
6 Jun 2021

Business in Mali on edge as politics deteriorate

06 June 2021 – The latest political shenanigans in Mali have put companies doing business in the country on edge as the politics continue to deteriorate. Although gold mining company […]
30 May 2021

WhyAfrica’s Hawks Eye is on Rwanda

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 30 May 2021 – French executives accompanying President Macron on his two-day visit to Rwanda, have identified the country as one of […]
29 May 2021

Macron repents in Rwanda

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 29 May 2021 – In a historic week for Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Rwanda to forgive France for its […]