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With costs rising in Asia, the East African country wants to be the next low-cost manufacturing hub. But after a wave of violent unrest, its authoritarian government must deal with…


Global Insurers Worry About Cyber Crime Exposure

Loosely written policies and the relentless growth of digital crime and cyber-disasters mean insurers could already be covering significant volumes of cyber risk without realizing it, according to senior industry…


Southeast Asian Tiger Economies Look to Avoid Crisis Repeat

The financial turmoil sometimes knew in Thailand as the tom yum good crisis erupted with the baht’s devaluation 20 years ago on Sunday. The trouble quickly spread across Southeast Asia…


Private Equity Expands Horizons to East Africa

Global buyout groups are seeking Kenyan deals as Nigeria fights the recession. Buyout groups investing in Africa are turning east and shunning the oil-­rich western part of the continent as…


How to Turn a Start -Up into a Lasting Family Business

Many parents are used to providing handouts to support their adult children, whether towards the purchase of their first car or a deposit for a flat. In the case of…


Has the Global Trade Revival Run Out of Puff?

A revival of global trade this year may be running out of steam before it has got under way, with widely ­followed data indicating a slowdown in the pace of…


Ethiopia Takes the Plunge to Improve Traceability of Speciality Coffee Beans

Ethiopia, the world’s fifth­-largest coffee producer and home of Arabica, has overhauled the way it markets the commodity in an effort to increase export earnings and clamp down on a…


China Wields Its Soft Power In Africa With Some Success

Maxwell Zeken is a 16­-year-­old Liberian who lives in rural Nimba County. Asked where he dreams of studying, he says: “I want to study engineering in China and come back…


US president warned on cut to African foreign aid

US president Donald Trump risks stoking extremism in Africa and provoking a further exodus of migrants heading for Europe if he goes ahead with plans to cut funding to the…


Rainfall set to boost growth in southern Africa

Africa is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons when it comes to food security. According to the UN, the world is enduring its worst humanitarian disaster since…


Chinese loans keep Kenya railway project rolling

Nairobi­Mombasa is first leg of line in emerging trade bloc but critics fear white elephant A few miles outside the town of Makindu on the Nairobi­Mombasa road sits a heavily…


Racism towards Africans in India threatens trade ties

Rising harassment disrupts drive to sell education and IT to expanding nations on continent Maxwell Orji says he has been laughed at, spat on and verbally abused on the streets…


Trump plan to slash foreign aid will fuel famine and extremism, experts warn

US president Donald Trump’s proposals to slash overseas aid risks destabilising the world’s most fragile nations and inflaming extremism, aid groups and former US officials warn. “Cuts of the order…


FAMINE ­ War, insurgency and drought leave 20m facing ‘devastating food insecurity’

The UN has warned that the world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since the organisation was founded in 1945. It says 20m people face “devastating levels of food insecurity”…


Shortcuts: Updates from Monaco, Ethiopia and Qatar

Those not content with having a €2.4m Bugatti Chiron sports car in their garage can now splash out on a matching boat, thanks to a new collaboration between the supercar…


NEW CURRENCY : Somalia to relaunch banknotes in effort to beat counterfeiters

Somalia, a country where up to 98 per cent of local banknotes are fake, is about to embark on the massive task of taking back control of its currency. With…


Editorial

In the books of the Revolutionary Democrats, under-development, primari...


Agenda

Today, Ethiopia is the fifth largest coffee producer next to Brazil, Vi...


Fineline

There is a growing anxiety at the top tier of the A...


Commentary

Drought has remained a major challenge not only to Ethiopia but also ma...


Viewpoint

In trying to write about personal integrity, I risk revealing my fragil...


Opinion

The word bootleg used to have a more direct meaning. It used to refer t...


View From Arada

The previous week was attention captivating. Emperor Haile Selassie and...


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