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Fairtrade Focuses on African Farmers

Photo©Thorsten Futh/LAIF-REAFor Fairtrade to make a major difference, its involvement in strengthening grassroots rural organisations is key, alongside a concerted effort to raise agricultural wages.

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Joshua Siaw: Legal eagle with a bird's-eye view

Joshua Siaw©Andy LaneThe youthful Africa director of an international law firm has made his diaspora experience an asset in professional life.

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Innovation: We don't sell technology, we sell the application - Bob Collymore

Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom. Photo©Bruno Levy for JACall them old-fashioned, but Kenyans are still using their mobile phones for talking. The head of Safaricom, Bob Collymore, however, has other plans.

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Banking and Energy: Nigeria's power progress is sustainable

John Obi, Executive Director of corporate banking, Fidelity BankNigeria's Fidelity Bank (#34 in our rankings) dedicates more than 26% of its loans to the power, oil and gas sectors combined. As Shell[Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria] divest some of their assets in the Niger Delta, John obi, Executive Director of corporate banking at Fidelity Bank says the bank is supporting Nigerians to be able to acquire assets and their work on those assets.

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Banking: A cautious year leaves an Ivorian bank struggling

SGBCI plans to ramp up its development programme to recover lost ground in 2014. Photo©Nabil ZorkotSGBCI, Côte d'Ivoire's largest bank has attributed its fall in revenue to prudence over sub-prime loans, but it must square up to the advancing competition.

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Kenya's Safaricom gets committee nod for govt security contract

Photo©ReutersKenya's national security committee has approved plans for a security and surveillance system, clearing the way for a project worth 14.9 billion shillings ($170 million) to Safaricom, its chief executive said on Friday.

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Gigawatt Mozambique secures financing on 100 MW gas plant

File photo©ReutersPower company Gigawatt Mozambique has secured the financing to build a 100 megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in the African country, which should be in operation late next year, one of its advisers said.

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