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Opinion & Analysis

Apr 11, 2016
The recent announcement of the imminent opening of a rival stock exchange to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) caused considerable media excitement. It is indeed a historic development in South…
Apr 08, 2016
The Panama Papers is a treasure trove of information on the activities and clientele of a large, but not atypical law firm operating in an offshore financial centre. In this…
Apr 07, 2016
It is unsettling how quickly the shine can come off a development success story. Only a few years ago, Mozambique was standing at the helm of sustained and rapid economic…
Apr 05, 2016
How broad secrecy draws criminals to offshore tax havens! Almost any time there is large-scale embezzlement, corruption, or corporate malfeasance, shell companies are a central piece of the puzzle. Broad…
Apr 04, 2016
A great deal of attention has been paid to the obstacles African governments face in effectively taxing the profits of transnational corporations. African governments are frequently urged to widen their…
Mar 31, 2016
Developing off the back of one natural resource is risky for any country. It makes them reliant on external conditions beyond their control, such as global demand and supply. Since…
Mar 27, 2016
Bilateral investment treaties have been a source of political controversy in recent years. This is clear from the alarming increase in the number of disputes between investors and governments. The…
Mar 23, 2016
The patterns of urbanisation in the developing world in the past few decades have diverged significantly from historical trends. For the developed world, significant urbanisation was associated with industrialisation. With…
Mar 22, 2016
Cash flow is a revenue or expense stream that changes a cash account over a given period. Cash inflows usually arise from one of three activities: financing, operations or investing,…
Mar 21, 2016
Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the US, is reported to have said: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes". This…
Mar 17, 2016
After being out of fashion for a long period, agriculture has been coming back into the spotlight again as part of development policy. Amid rising concerns about food insecurity and…
Mar 16, 2016
In the last chapter of my life story, I was editor of a South African men’s business and lifestyle magazine. I also had a stint with a lifestyle magazine before…
Mar 15, 2016
Over the past three decades, global interest in emerging markets has soared, and when the financial crisis of 2008 hit, emerging markets were largely thought to be the next engine…
Mar 11, 2016
Ghana has long been a symbol of Africa’s promise. But it has also been a reflection of the pitfalls of the continent’s post-independence era. The country has a squeaky-clean image…

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