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New-look African Union hopes to remake the continent

The new African Union Commission (AUC), installed in March, is coming to grips with a dizzying number of dossiers under new secretary-general Moussa Faki Mahamat. New commissioners like Amani Abou-Zeid, responsible for infrastructure and energy, are expected to be more...

Regional: How floating gas became the feedstock of choice

As hydrocarbons prices have pushed upwards after their slump, a degree of future planning has returned to the global gas market. New liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects are in prospect, led by Australia and the United States, but with a few schemes in Africa. In...

Unlocking Africa’s potential needs action on governance

Events in South Africa, whose sovereign debt has been reduced to junk status by President Jacob Zuma’s crony capitalist rule, are another reminder that when power is exerted abusively shortfalls in governance can be highly damaging for the wider economy. This is also apparent...

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New conceptions for south-south cooperation reflect deeper shifts

American and European businesses will remain key players across the continent, but their dominance is in retreat. The full effects of the global financial crisis have taken years to reveal themselves – not least in the impact of stagnant wages and widening social divisions on...


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