Political Economy

14 Aug 2020

Silver and copper in Morocco is the pick of the week

Market watchers are starting to show an increased interest in silver. Many, in fact, believe that the price of silver is ripe for a rally. The “pick of the week” […]
11 Aug 2020

Nigeria’s cement industry shows resilience

West African giant Nigeria’s construction and cement sectors are showing resilience in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although the Nigerian economy has, like many other African countries, struggled to […]
10 Aug 2020

Namibia’s fields of gold

Osino Resources’ Twin Hills project is one of three significant gold projects in Namibia that is screaming for international attention. Gold’s recent bull run has added further spice to Namibia’s […]
6 Aug 2020

Botswana’s giant leap

The first consignment of coal from the Mmamabula Coalfield destined for South Africa was recently unearthed in the southeast of Botswana. Minergy, a Botswana listed company, loaded a train consisting […]
6 Aug 2020

Why invest in Africa?

Africa, like the rest of the world, will be hard hit by the after- effects of Covid-19. However, in the long-term, Africa will provide great opportunities for investors and companies […]
4 Aug 2020

Robust post-Covid-19 growth in DRC likely

The outlook for growth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) does not look great in the short term, however, depending on how the political winds blow, economist expect […]
31 Jul 2020

Out of the frying pan into the fire

The article was written in February 2018 two months after Ramaphosa won the NEC election at Nasrec to become president of the ANC, and soon after Mnangagwa came to power […]
30 Jul 2020

Infrastructure a priority for South Sudan

The government of the Republic of South Sudan has prioritised the development of infrastructure, and despite a number of significant challenges, is forging ahead with several construction projects. The government […]
30 Jul 2020

Bumbuna to boost Sierra Leone’s energy woes

Funding of USD6-million has been approved for the development of the 143MW Bumbuna Hydro II initiative in Sierra Leone. This is good news in a country where development of the […]
28 Jul 2020

Danish bank funds Ethiopian wind project

Denmark’s largest bank, the Danske Bank, has granted a further USD131.4-million to further fund the Assela wind project in Ethiopia. The project received funding to the tune of USD201-million from […]
28 Jul 2020

There is still some kick in Zimbabwe

Beta Holdings, a brick and concrete supplier in Zimbabwe, has shown that it is possible not only to survive, but to thrive as a business in any fragile economy. As […]
27 Jul 2020

Guinea’s gold is my pick of the week

With the gold price threatening plus USD1900/oz levels, greenfields gold exploration in Africa is suddenly back on the map. Several interesting projects are underway in West Africa, and I have […]
27 Jul 2020

AfDB approves Covid1-19 grant for Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The African Development Bank has approved a *UA38.15-million (USD53-million) multi-country grant for Covid-19 response in Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone.     The grant will be in the form of direct […]
23 Jul 2020

Will Egypt become Africa’s powerhouse?

With the two biggest economies on the African continent, South Africa, and Nigeria, in sixes and sevens as the Coronavirus takes it toll, Egypt might become Africa’s new powerhouse       Although […]
23 Jul 2020

Pivotal investments for African recovery

Investments will be pivotal for an African recovery after Covid-19. Last week the Africa Investment Forum’s founding partners unveiled a unified COVID-19 response to support Africa’s private sector, which includes […]
18 Jul 2020

Does power deals mean progress in Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone has opened its airport and the government has gathered valuable geological data, but electricity constraints might spoil the party.  The question is whether power deals mean progress in […]
16 Jul 2020

Tanzanian cement plans on track

Tanzania’s cement plans are on track as the government starts compensating the almost 100 Tanzanians that has to relocate to make way for the Chinese company Sinoma’s massive plant. Tanzania […]
15 Jul 2020

Uganda to increase electricity supply

Uganda has shown significant growth over the past five years. However, Covid-19, political risk, and electricity constraints could be its achilles heel. The government plans to boost its electricity supply. […]