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.
- Tuesday, 30 September 2014 15:27
- Jana Marais in Port Louis
Despite 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.
- Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:02
- Olivier Monnier in Abidjan
Politicians are getting ready for elections in 2015, while businessmen, financiers and sportsmen plot out their futures.
- Friday, 12 September 2014 16:50
- Olivier Monnier in Abidjan, additional reporting from Baudelaire Mieu
The 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.
- Wednesday, 06 August 2014 16:23
- Gregory Mthembu-Salter in Kinshasa
Electoral 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.
- Tuesday, 01 July 2014 17:32
- Honoré Banda in Kigali
Rwanda'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.
- Monday, 26 May 2014 17:40
- Nicholas Norbrook in Addis Ababa
The 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.