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China cuts out the middleman

July 31, 2007

By negotiating directly with Africa, China is changing the rules on commodity trading, writes Martyn Davies.

Oil price hikes offer Africa a silver lining

July 31, 2007

Climbing oil prices may be a headache for the West, but could provide Africa with much needed development revenue.

Legislative deadlock hampers development

July 3, 2007

One of the richest Gulf states, parts of Kuwait’s economy are booming, but politics and bureaucracy still hold back growth, write Nadine Marroushi and Jon Marks.

More than a gas success story

July 3, 2007

As its gas boom continues, Qatar is attracting prestigious financial institutions interested in project finance and local wealth. Stephen Timewell reports from Doha.

Reasons to be cheerful

July 1, 2007

Bolivia’s central bank vice-president Gustavo Blacutt Alcalá talks to Hugh O’Shaughnessy in La Paz about the dramatic improvement of the country’s finances.

China and Africa’s mutual back scratching

June 3, 2007

A 10-fold increase in bilateral trade means China is set to eclipse Europe and the US as the main foreign actor in Africa.

Russians move into Africa

May 6, 2007

In an oversaturated commodities market, Renaissance Capital is branching out into Africa. Ben Aris reports.

Peru edges towards

May 6, 2007

Peru is the new darling of investors and has recently enjoyed a handful of rating upgrades. Its policy of promoting growth while keeping inflation under control is slowly paying off, reports John Rumsey.

Ahead of the game

May 6, 2007

The Greek economy is beating expectations, sweeping away fears of a post-Olympics slowdown. Kerin Hope reports on a boom in the shipping industry, the trend in infrastructure improvements and banks’ survival strategies.

Selling junk to hit gold

May 6, 2007

When a merger fell through last autumn, mining company Freeport-McMoRan was undeterred. It has just bought a rival and issued the world’s biggest junk bond to pay for it. Edward Russell-Walling explains.

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