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East Africa: UAE and Qatar vie to be East Africa’s mediator and investor of choice

Regional rivals Qatar and the UAE are both seeking a role in mediating cross-border disputes in East Africa – which some in the Gulf see as their geopolitical ‘near abroad’ – centred on Ethiopia. They are also searching for a role in post-conflict Libya. While there are potential benefits for African countries seeking investment and diplomatic support, the two Gulf states’ efforts suggest they may find it hard to remain neutral actors

Issue 440 - 10 June 2021

PinUnited Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Egypt, Sudan

PinFinance, Politics

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Emerging technologies could be transformational, but also disruptive

When most African governments struggle to fund even the most essential projects, costly new technologies may seem a luxury. But rethinking how they can be applied to energy networks can be a valuable exercise for policy-makers and investors: ‘disruptive technology’ can have far-reaching benefits, or prove a red herring for cash-strapped economies.

Issue 439 - 27 May 2021

PinKenya, Ghana, Rwanda, Djibouti, Morocco, South Africa

PinPower, Finance, Renewables

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