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Mon,27Feb2017

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Sierra Leone: Weaning banks off government finance

Sierra Leone's small businesses may be the winners. Photo©Daniel Wallis1/ReutersA halt on state borrowing should force banks to start offering cheaper loans to the struggling private sector.

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A stutter start for iron miners in Sierra Leone

Estimates vary, but African Minerals says it will contribute 12.5% of GDP in 2013/Photo©African MineralsAfrican Mineral Ltd. gravely missed its predictions for output in 2012, but the country's large miners are gearing up for expansion as smaller ones are told to use or lose their licences.

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Sierra Leone's private sector rushes to fill the void as dam disappoints

Bumbuna Dam, 35 years in the making, has been riddled with problems since opening in 2009/Photo©Katrina Manson/reutersPoor management and weak infrastructure mean that the government and companies are relying on independent projects to meet electricity demand.

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Sierra Leone: Slow transformation in Freetown

A decade after the civil war ended, Freetown is rebuilding/Photo©Getty ImagesSix months after his election for a second term, President Ernest Bai Koroma is telling the population to be patient as new iron-ore mines and a drive for oil exploration improve the economy more slowly than predicted.

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Sierra Leone squeezing to get more juice

Mangoes at the Africa Felix Juice factory/Photo©Gemma WareThe country is making its first steps into processing its abundant produce, but young farmers still need more training to move up the value chain.

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Oil & Gas: Growth sector seeks investors in Côte d'Ivoire

Abidjan’s black-gold promise glints in the sun/Photo©SIA KAMBOU/AFPA series of recent finds has peaked the interest of companies looking to get a share of West African prospects. The government plans to increase oil flow almost sixfold in five years, with gas production also rising.

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Agribusiness: Smoothing out the bumps in Côte d'Ivoire

Cocoa – here being laid to dry on reed mats – still accounts for 15% of gross domestic product/Photo©Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPAGreater state protection for the cocoa industry has improved quality, but some farmers are turning to rubber. Cotton and cashew production have also hit new records.

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