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Top African business deals of 2012

Bankers, private equity groups and multinational companies stake their claims to new territory.

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Ethiopia: Danakil potash prospects see some exit and others double down

The Danakil Depression holds important potash deposits, but extracting them is far from easy/Photo©MOOD BOARD/REX FEATUR/REX/SIPAAfter buying out Nova-Ethio Potash, and the departure of BHP Billiton, Allana Potash is betting hard on the region.

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Africa CEO Report: Building a better business

Photo©JACOBS STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY/GETTY IMAGESAfrican CEOs are working in difficult times, dealing with inefficient governments, a lack of skilled workers and weak infrastructure. Some of the continent's business leaders talked to The Africa Report about how they are tackling these challenges on the ground.

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Big and small companies alike plot their strategies

Diagnostic Centre, one of Jacana’s West Africa Fund investments, opened its lab in 2011/Photo©DANOPHOTOZInvestors are forming partnerships and increasing manpower to take advantage of the opportunities for private equity investors in sub-Saharan Africa.

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All African hotel group, Azalaï soldiers on amid regional woes

Mossadeck Bally is president and founder of the Azalaï Hotels groupAs African economies continue to grow, so have opportunities in the hotel sector. Local hotel entrepreneurs have begun moving into an area that has traditionally been dominated by international chains.

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Standard Bank comes home to Africa

The bank’s single-minded plan for African expansion may secure outperformance in the future/Photo©SHIZHAO/FLICKRStandard Bank has streamlined its emerging- markets strategy: deploying resources freed up by its retreat from other continents, it has its sights firmly set on sub-Saharan Africa.

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General Electric top brass moves in

With his asset management background, Jay Ireland is keen to get hands-on with the financing side of deals/Photo©GEAs president and CEO of GE Africa, Jay Ireland is the first senior manager to be based on the continent. He says the company will grow by being flexible.

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