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From World / Africa / Egypt

The fiscal route to a fairer Egypt

Egypt's recovery from a period of economic, social and political upheaval is now well under way and, says minister of finance Hany Kadry Dimian, a new fiscal policy is playing a key role within this comeback, while also ensuring that all sections of society feel its benefits.

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Scandals fail to derail Mauritius' IFC ambitions

Mauritius' reputation as a well regulated, safe destination for banking and business has suffered during recent corruption scandals, but such is the country's strong reputation that these events do not seem to have adversely affected its ambitions to become an international financial centre.

Mauritius' economy gathers momentum

A move from tourism and textiles to financial services, a focus on Asia and Africa instead of Europe, and the election of a new business-friendly government have seen Mauritius' economy change direction in recent years. And the early signs are that these shifts are paying off.

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Mauritius finance minister looks to new economic model

The finance minister of Mauritius' belief that the country is at a crossroads is driving his efforts to revive its economy by recreating it with an emphasis on the services sector and the 'ocean economy'. He updates James King on the progress of these plans.

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From World / Africa

Will China's New Silk Road progress smoothly?

China's One Belt, One Road initiative – building a new Silk Road between western Europe and China's east coast as well as improving the Maritime Silk Road – will be a major game changer for international trade. Stefania Palma assesses its possible impact.

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Mauritius CBG looks towards a calmer currency environment

Mauritius' central bank governor discusses the challenges that he faces, including the volatility of exchange rates and high leverage ratios within some of the country’s corporates.

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From World / Africa

Home comforts: why Africans are increasingly investing in Africa

Investment into Africa has usually been the preserve of developed world firms seeking extra yield for their portfolios. However, in the past few years more and more money has been poured into African projects by local investors as African wealth increases. 

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From World / Africa

Connecting a continent: the rise of Africa's payment systems

Africa's regional payments systems, such as Siress, are flourishing and are expected to play a growing role in the continent's economic growth, particularly as intra-African trade picks up.

From World / Africa

Top 1000 World Banks – Struggling South Africa still out in front in Africa

The difficulties of the South African economy are reflected in its banks' performances in the 2015 Top 1000 ranking, but elsewhere there is good news for Togo's Ecobank and First Bank of Nigeria.

From World / Africa / Angola

Angola's sovereign wealth fund expands its horizons

Alternative assets are the name of the game for Angola's sovereign wealth fund, as it steps in where local banks fear to tread.

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