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Zambia is suffering a severe hangover from its decade long commodity boom, as mounting debt and energy shortages are crippling the once vibrant economy.Zambia has seen a decrease in GDP growth from an average of 7.4% from 2004-2014 to...
When everyone expected the 2016 electoral calendar to bring no further surprises, The Gambia made headlines with a shocking victory of Adama Barrow in the presidential vote. Completely unknown to the international community, he was not expected to pose...
A new platinum mine in Zimbabwe will triple the reserves of Zimplats (ASX:ZIM), the country's largest platinum miner, and allow the company to replace production from the Rukodzi and Ngwarati mines once they become depleted.Zimplats Holdings Limited and its parent company,...
Almost six years after the breakout of the Second Ivorian Civil War, Côte d'Ivoire witnessed a successful and peaceful constitutional referendum. It was symbolic indeed for the country that once enjoyed great economic prospects following an amicable separation from...
Isabel dos Santos control of Angola’s state oil producer and increasing control of its banks creates a doomsday scenario for Angola’s economy. Since the end of its civil war in 2002, Angola has become Africa’s largest oil exporter, recently surpassing...
Namibia is perpetually overlooked when there is talk of investment in Africa. Investors tend to focus on larger more well-known countries like Kenya or Nigeria, or on more developed economies like South Africa. But Namibia, a country with a...
Cameroon has labelled social media as a form of terrorism, launching a crackdown amid rising unrest. Investors are at risk from the regime and citizens. Cameroon is cracking down on social media; specifically, the government has launched an anti-social media...
Egypt (NYSEARCA:EGPT) has long been one of the more intriguing emerging markets (NYSEARCA:EEM)(NASDAQ:ADRE) given its high yields, yet its sovereign debt and currency have long been unavailable or effectively untradeable to most foreign investors. The Central Bank of Egypt...
In advanced countries, government policy has tended to play a significant role in the development of new technologies. Governments in these countries have invested heavily in basic research and development, especially in defense spending. Yet “spillovers” from such investment has led...
The recent decision made by South Africa to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) does not come as a shock, but it has been criticized by many, and holds a series of serious geopolitical implications for the politically plagued...
Analysts fear the increasing frequency of cyber attacks in Kenya could be a precursor to a larger assault that could deeply impact local businesses and the broader economy. Kenya currently records up to 3,000 cyber-related crimes per month according to...
It seems Mozambique’s financing situation is so bad that it can’t muddle through for much longer. According to fiscal projections in its presentation to creditors last week, the country doesn’t have enough money to make the January interest payment on...

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