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Mapping the African Growth Landscape

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Integration was a major theme in the three mapping sessions. Leadership was highlighted as a key to ensure that incentives are aligned among stakeholders. Learning and sharing best practices across borders was repeatedly suggested as a way to accelerate integration, especially focusing on areas where Africa is already strong, like agriculture, minerals and mining, but at the high end of the supply chain, not the low-end. This shift will require creative ways to educate youth and spur entrepreneurship to provide the talent, energy, and ICT to drive change. From ‘aid to trade’ was a rallying call, as was ‘made in Africa, sold in Africa.’ 

Insight: In Africa’s warm heart, a cold welcome for Chinese

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SALIMA/BEIJING (Reuters) - Malawians bill their country as the "Warm Heart of Africa" and pride themselves on a reputation for friendliness. But Jaffa Shaibu, a burly 32-year-old merchant in a clothes market in Salima, a dusty town near the shores of Lake Malawi, feels less than welcoming to the Chinese traders who have moved in over the past four years.

Africa’s Last Famine

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WASHINGTON, DC – Last year, the international community recognized one of the worst humanitarian tragedies of recent times unfolding in the Horn of Africa, and moved in to ameliorate the widespread famine there. Now, poor rains, crop shortages, and continuing conflict could cause millions to be plunged back into life-threatening levels of hunger and malnutrition.

What’s next for Nigeria’s Banks ?

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9719-nigerias-central-bank-governor-lamido-sule-lamido.jpg Exclusive interview with Mallam Lamido Aminu Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

The African Union: Short of Cash and Teeth

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africa-union IT HAD been a long day for Jean Ping. The man who runs the African Union (AU) spent the morning dealing with events in Tunisia. After lunch he was on the telephone to Kenya’s prime minister, Raila Odinga, who had been in Côte d’Ivoire as the AU’s negotiator, trying to persuade its strongman to step down.

Chinese vice president meets with South African president Zuma on ties, cooperation

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south-africa-zuma-china.jpg CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping held talks with South African President Jacob Zuma here on Wednesday, calling for all-round cooperation and richer content of the comprehensive strategic partnership and strengthened coordination in international policies.

South Africa Beyond the World Cup

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SudafricaFor a few weeks the world will live at the pace of the football matches that will be held in South Africa.

South Africa to Change Legislation to Protect Independence of Central Bank

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Image South Africa will change laws governing the central bank to safeguard its independence and stop shareholders from wielding undue influence over its operations and assets, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said.

IMF to 'support Kenya's reform effort'

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Image The growing role of the private sector in Africa has been credited by the head of the IMF’s African department, ANTOINETTE SAYEH for sustaining foreign investment during the recent global slump. In an interview with the IMF Survey online— ahead of a three-country trip to Africa including Kenya by the Fund’s Managing Director, DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN — Sayeh said Africa had demonstrated considerable resilience during the recession, and she was hopeful about Africa’s prospects. Excerpts:

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