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Mon,20Oct2014

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Culture:The beat goes on in Lagos, Nigeria

Afropolitan Vibes, the monthly roots music night at Freedom Park, where the palm wine flows. Photo©Andrew Esiebo/Panos-ReaWhether it's Fela, film or fiction, Nigeria's economic capital has a non-stop calendar of cultural events, but other cities have their offerings to the muses too.

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Finance: Building a Banking hub for Africa

The Mauritius Central Bank has helped financial firms comply with international banking rules©Fabien Dubessay/MAXPPPThe financial services sector is forging new partnerships and adapting its product offerings to help investors expand their activities throughout Africa.

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Manufacturing: Made in Mauritius

A friendly tax environment and government support is helping broaden the economic base in Mauritius. Photo©Patrick MavrosNo longer satisfied with merely canning tuna and spinning yarn, entrepreneurs are producing high-end goods ranging from watch parts to complex medical devices.

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Mauritius: Bruisers, Bankers and Business leaders

Paul Bérenger (1), Xavier-Luc Duval (2), Shalinee Valaydon (3)While the country's politicians have their eyes set on elections slated for 2015, its executives and athletes are looking further afield, to the rest of Africa and beyond.

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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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