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Opinion & Analysis

Jul 19, 2016
Critics point out that ordinary people have not benefited from oil and gas exploitation in many African states. Billions of dollars in revenue have had little positive impact on the…
Jul 16, 2016
One of the most hotly debated topics in development economics is: what does it take to steer a poor country from Third World to First World status? Some countries in…
Jul 14, 2016
How can you have a currency crisis, when you don’t have a currency? A few years ago, after the hyperinflationary meltdown in 2008, Zimbabwe was in strong recovery mode. GDP…
Jul 14, 2016
Illegal fishing and its associated criminal activity at sea is an intractable and major international problem. It involves high-profile white-collar crime syndicates that move vast amounts of illegal fish and…
Jul 06, 2016
Nobody can deny that we are now in the age of the customer. Through online and mobile channels they are well informed and this information allows them to compare and…
Jul 05, 2016
On June 14, 2016, Zimbabwe and Japan signed a major automobile industry trade deal to ship 10,000 Japanese tractors to Harare and train 40 Zimbabweans in Japanese automobile manufacturing techniques.…
Jul 04, 2016
In early June the international debt rating agency Standard & Poor’s granted a stay of execution by not downgrading the South African government’s IOU certificate to a “junk debt” status.…
Jul 01, 2016
Africa’s largest economy has finally floated its fixed currency exchange rate for the first time in history. The freeing of the Nigerian naira after months of policy debates saw the…
Jun 30, 2016
Almost all developing countries have policies to promote small and medium-sized firms. The reasons for this choice are clear. Small firms appear to create lots of job with relatively little…
Jun 23, 2016
Ethiopia seems to be attracting the attention of economists interested in Africa, and for good reason. Except for Rwanda, Ethiopia is the only African country whose economic growth has been…
Jun 20, 2016
Just before the anti-corruption summit in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron made his now infamous public gaffe in a silly, schoolboyish way. He boasted to the Queen: We’ve got…
Jun 13, 2016
A consistent feature of global analyses of Africa’s economic prospects is their fickleness. In the years since the global financial crisis in 2008, forecasts about Africa have swerved from deep…
Jun 08, 2016
In a new study into the South African government’s proposed introduction of plain tobacco packaging, Helvin Manuel, an MBA graduate of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), found that…
Jun 05, 2016
When most people think or speak about internet freedom, they are often concerned with the right, for example, to say what you want online without censorship and without being subject…

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