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African mining needs a vision

Image©GlezThe expansion of mining and natural resource exploitation has been a critical factor in the highest levels of growth in Africa for more than 30 years. The resource sector's success in attracting foreign investment has often led to it being held up as a poster child for economic liberalisation.

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Why the Ibrahim Prize focuses on political leadership

Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the Prize Committee for the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAIn every country and every continent, the quality and contribution of leadership in government is critical. It is Presidents and Prime Ministers who have the responsibility of assessing the risks, choosing the correct priorities for their country and focusing national efforts to ensure they are delivered.

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We're tired of being in the dark - Akinwumi Adesina, AfDB President

AfDB head, Akinwumi Adesina. Photo©Vincent Fournier for TARAfDB president Adesina wants to use the bank to de-risk investments in electricity and agriculture and so help transform the continent's economies.

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Pan-African lender Ecobank may close some operations

Photo©Emanuel Ekra/AP/SIPAEcobank is reviewing its expansion strategy following a decline in profits and may pull out of some African countries to focus on its most promising markets, chairman Emmanuel Ikazoboh told Reuters.

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Translating SDGs into African languages

Ntiokam Divine. Photo©Africa RenewalAs Ntiokam Divine from Cameroon sees it, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are high-sounding concepts crafted in the specialised parlance of development experts.

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African Union to launch e-passport in July

File photo©ReutersThe African Union will launch an electronic passport (e-passport) at its next summit in July as it prepares for a unified travel document for the continent.

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