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Mauritius: Missing the sweet spot

Tourism plays a crucial role in the economy with a drive towards wooing high-net-worth visitors. Photo©Holger Leue/CorbisDespite government hopes of Mauritius becoming a high-income country by the end of the decade, analysts fear the downturn in the key sugar and tourism industries, sparked by the European economic crisis, mean it will miss its 2020 target. Meanwhile, the financial sector remains under pressure due to concerns over the future of a crucial tax treaty.

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Côte d'Ivoire's boycotters, bankers and footballers

Abdourahmane Cissé (1 - Photo©abidjan.net), Aminata Niane (2 - Photo©All Rights Reserved), Didier Drogba (3 - Photo©Kalpesh Lathigra for JA) Politicians are getting ready for elections in 2015, while businessmen, financiers and sportsmen plot out their futures.

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Cote d'Ivoire: A turning point

Infrastructure is one way to build a bridge over troubled water in Côte d'Ivoire. Photo©Olivier for TARThe figures for economic growth are putting some swagger in Côte d'Ivoire's stride, but business leaders and oppositionists say the hard work has not even begun. Big infrastructure projects are underway all over the country, although local companies are struggling to access credit.

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DRC's Joseph Kabila: Will he stay or will he go?

Where there’s a will there’s a way: Kabila considers his options©Gwenn Dubourthoumieu/afpElectoral and constitutional changes proposed in June suggest that President Joseph Kabila will attempt to stay beyond the end of his last term in 2016. Political uncertainty has slowed peace negotiations, the national dialogue and improving the economy outside the mining sector.

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Rwanda's bet: Middle-income or bust

Constructing the future means a shift from exporting raw materials into services. Photo©Vincent Fournier for TARRwanda's two decades of recovery have been remarkable. Now it faces an uphill struggle to sustain economic growth in order to graduate into middle-income status. A liberalised financial sector has begun the country's transformation but much will depend on the growth of its service sector.

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Ethiopia's Farms and finance

Ethiopia has yet to produce private sector champions. Photo©Ami Vitale/PANOS-REAThe government has a mission to use a strong state to build infrastructure and develop the industrial and agricultural sectors. It argues that it could repeat the rapid growth of East Asia in the 1990s, but critics warn about intimidation of the opposition and the risks of crony capitalism.

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Agriculture: Gathering data and offering choice in Ethiopia

Some agricultural practices have not changed since Biblical times. Photo©Michael Poliza/National Geographic/GettySpearheading the government's interventions in the farming sector, the Agricultural Transformation Agency has already vastly improved yields for wheat and teff.

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