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Thu,26Feb2015

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Agriculture: Rwanda's harvest of thorns

The government and local partners hope the Rwandan flower industry can bloom again. Photo©Martin Roemers/CosmosA new flower park holds promise for the commercial floriculture business, but logistics remain a major impediment, as a consultant's experiment showed.

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Breaking ranks and winning races for Rwanda

While the old guard is ensuring party discipline and minding the tills, young faces from sports, the media and business are making waves.

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Rwanda's job crunch

Despite service sector growth, many employees remain stuck in low-paid jobs. Photo©Vincent Fournier/JAIn a landlocked country without natural resources, pushing the service sector and investing in technology is a fine idea. One snag: the strategy has produced too few skilled jobs. Many are now questioning whether the focus should shift to agribusiness and manufacturing.

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Djibouti: Playing the great game

The Kempinski Palace hotel in Djibouti does not lack important foreign guests. Photo©Patrick RobertPromoting itself as a safe haven amid regional turbulence, President Ismail Omar Guelleh's regime faces a resurgent opposition and scepticism that it can juggle its new alliances.

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Angola seeks to use oil to break away from oil

Plans in the pipeline include developing agriculture and telecoms. Photo©John Warden/Getty ImagesWhile the country's oil industry is slowing down it will finance the diversification of the economy.

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Angola's ruling party grapples with past skeletons

the exhuming of the May 1977 events could force contemporary Angolans to question their loyalty. Photo©SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERSLara Pawson's book In the Name of the People examines a crisis in the MPLA's history to explore its relationship to the issues of race, class and governance.

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Angola's diplomatic dancing

Presidents Dos Santos and Zuma are not always in step. Photo©ELMOND JIYANE/ANGOLA GOVERNMENT/AFPPresident Santos left the diplomatic footwork at the UN General Assembly in September to deputy Manuel Vicente. Leader of his country's delegation, vice-president Vicente made the case for Angola's election to the Security Council by setting out an increasingly ambitious foreign policy.

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