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China and Africa’s mutual back scratching

June 4, 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 7, 2007

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

Peru edges towards

May 7, 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 7, 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 7, 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.

Fuel injection

April 2, 2007

High prices and new finds mean Nigeria’s dependence on hydrocarbon exports will go on, albeit with a greater emphasis on in-house refining. John McCarthy reports.

Still on the road to better results

April 2, 2007

Bank consolidation continues and capital adequacy has improved but what is needed in the sector is a new culture that will attract new customers to boost the bottom line. Nick Kochan reports.

High hopes for a better future

April 2, 2007

Economic growth continues but so do political tensions. Much of Nigeria’s future depends on the outcome of the next presidential elections and the continuation of wide-ranging reforms, writes John McCarthy.

Trade transition

February 5, 2007

Free zones, a gleaming new Cyberpark and the prospective potential of DR-CAFTA combine to create a competitive environment that is attracting international investors and public sector funding.

Renewable windfalls

June 5, 2006

Alternative energy investment is increasingly popular with banks that are seeking to diversify their project finance portfolios. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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