Archive | January, 2017

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Growth of Africa’s SMEs, jobs will depend on technology uptake

For Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to succeed and exploit emerging opportunities that create jobs for the increasing youth population, governments – in 2017 and beyond – must adopt supportive policies, such as targeted tax incentives and updated laws, which realise practical capacity building and flexible regulatory frameworks to enable innovation. This is the […]

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What are the top 6 priorities for Africa in 2017?

The Brookings Institution has recently revealed top six priorities for Africa in 2017, which it says should provide opportunities for the continent to overcome its obstacles to drive fruitful and inclusive growth. The ‘Foresight Africa 2017’, as the document is called, comprehensively outlines what the Washington-based think-tank describes as interconnected, cross-cutting themes that demonstrate the […]

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Environmental crime rises, strains African economies and generates instability

Environmental crime has been rising dramatically in the past decade, growing at two to three times the pace of the global economy, according to a 2016 UNEP-INTERPOL rapid response assessment. This new form of criminality, which includes illicit trade in wildlife, illegal exploitation and sale of minerals and trafficking of hazardous waste, among others, seems […]

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Equatorial Guinea to join Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Equatorial Guinea, Africa’s third-largest oil producer, has announced its intentions to join the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) this year, the ministry of mines and hydrocarbons said this week, adding that oil minister Gabriel Mbaga Obiang recently held talks with OPEC officials at the cartel’s headquarters in Vienna (Austria). Equatorial Guinea produces 248 000 […]

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