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West African business should turn to ...

West African business should turn to solar for their bottom line

“Honestly, I’m surprised this place even runs,” says the technical director of a multinational consumer goods company, with a large factory on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria, as he gestures at the flickering lights above his head. Source: Perspective

Data towards development: civil regis...

Data towards development: civil registries in Sierra Leone

Earlier this summer, Sierra Leone reached a substantial milestone. For the first time, the country successfully compiled the biographic and biometric data of its citizens to form a comprehensive civil registry.   Source: Perspective

Total’s power play in east Africa

Total’s power play in east Africa

Four years ago, in a villa on a bumpy, rust-coloured road in South Sudan’s capital Juba, a manager of the French oil major Total rolled out a map of east Africa and shared a vision for the region’s oil future. Source: African Business

Contracting in Nigeria: open it to fi...

Contracting in Nigeria: open it to fix it

Despite the high-level conferences and internationally-funded masterplans, pan-African progress on corruption and accountable government has been glacial. Source: Perspective

Mobile contributes $110bn to sub-Saha...

Mobile contributes $110bn to sub-Saharan economies

Sub-Saharan Africa is, and will continue to be, the fastest growing mobile market in the world.
 Source: Perspective

Zimbabwe bond note black market booms...

Zimbabwe bond note black market booms across borders

Garikai, 35, shuffles wads of green notes. A sizeable crowd gathers around him. They are astonished. Source: African Business

Egypt begins sell-off of state-owned ...

Egypt begins sell-off of state-owned companies

Egypt’s president, Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi, generally avoids mentioning the IMF. Source: African Business

Acacia Mining files for arbitration i...

Acacia Mining files for arbitration in Tanzania dispute

Tanzania’s president John Magufuli and Barrick Gold Corp are racing to negotiate a resolution to an escalating dispute over subsidiary Acacia Mining PLC’s operations in the country. Source: African Business

African governments must prioritise r...

African governments must prioritise research and innovation

I always knew I wanted to be a scientist. Growing up in Mauritius – a small island nation home to more than 40 percent of the world’s plant species – sparked my passion for the study of biodiversity that endures to this day. Source: Perspective

Africa ripe to pioneer tech approach ...

Africa ripe to pioneer tech approach to regulation

As technological innovation continues to converge with other sectors, governments around the world are crafting ever stricter policies – and are increasingly firm on monitoring compliance. Source: African Business