Poll reveals reform trends

June 2, 2004

A study of governance by the UN Economic Commission for Africa demonstrates how much progress has been made across the continent and exposes areas that are still weak. James Eedes reports.
The complex relationship between forms of government, the effectiveness of state and economic development has been the subject of scholarly research for more than a hundred years. Though political scientists and philosophers have yet to arrive at the definitive conclusion, a rough blueprint is emerging.

Front runners

June 2, 2004

Botswana and Mauritius have bucked the African trend and achieved long-term strong economic performance. Institution building plays a part.

Trading up

June 2, 2004

Africa remains on the margins of world trade. Regional trade agreements and domestic pro-poor policies could be the keys to trade growth, reports Jacqui Pile.

Shadow of debt

June 2, 2004

Despite relief initiatives, nothing is being done to address the root cause of unsustainable debt.

Aid levels fail to fill the gap

June 2, 2004

Too little aid is flowing into Africa from the developed world to make agreed poverty reduction targets a reality. James Eedes assesses the state of capital inflows.

Capital revolution

June 2, 2004

A small but definite trend has begun in attracting private capital to Africa as countries take more responsibility for finding the resources to achieve their poverty reduction targets.

ADB delivers from a solid base

June 2, 2004

The African Development Bank Group’s mission is to promote economic and social development. James Eedes reports on some of the projects it is helping to fund and finds the bank has developed a solid financial standing.

Expensive debt or cheap equity?

June 2, 2004

Matthew Curran and Ronan Donohue of ABN AMRO explore the increasing appetite for hybrid capital among corporates attracted by the increased financial flexibilityit provides.

New paths for securities

June 2, 2004

Corporates are looking to securitisation to lift the value of their real estate investments, reduce debt costs and optimise financing.

Cost control for liquidity & liability

June 2, 2004

Firms must actively manage their excess cash if they want to prevent unnecessary expense and reduce risk, say Rob Boyd and Ash Belur of ABN AMRO’s Financial Markets Advisory.

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