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Sun,30Apr2017

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Côte d'Ivoire: Money men, politicos and those who keep an eye on them

Despite the problems of stamping out corruption there is a good smattering of competent people in top jobs.

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Finance: Small companies in Côte d'Ivoire struggle

Most of Côte d’Ivoire’s bigger banks do not support small companies/Photo©Nabil Zorkot for JAMany SMEs lack the financial records to get that vital "yes" from the bank manager. The AfDB, the World Bank and an Ivorian employers' body are helping find solutions.

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La Côte d'Ivoire: A race against time

President Ouattara is not getting a comfortable ride from Ivorians/Photo©SIA KAMBOU/AFPTwo years in, President Ouattara's economic transformation is starting to show on tickers, charts and engineers' blueprints, but the daily reality for many remains unemployment and rising prices. Though the president has asked for more time, local elections show patience may be wearing thin, while steps to reconciliation have also faltered.

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No Change of lanes for Ethiopia

Addis Ababa: modern city and diplomatic hub for the region/Photo©Sven Torfinn/Panos-ReaWhile the ruling party maintains its grand plans to to transform the economy, critical voices are asking why agricultural production is not meeting targets and how the regime will hold itself accountable. Fulfilling late premier Meles's vision was never going to be easy.

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Diversification in Nigeria's Delta

Increasing numbers of Nigerian companies can compete with international rivals like West Atlantic Shipyard/ Photo©WASSuccessive governments have promoted indigenous oil companies with legislative and institutional tools, and they are now flourishing: Amni, Shoreline, Midwestern, Seplat, Dubri and Continental.

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Small players struggle in Nigeria's financial markets

With high overheads and poor access to loans, SMEs are suffering. The central bank has launched several risk-sharing schemes to try to boost the sector.

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Nigeria's reforms chug along, sometimes stall

Toot, toot! President Goodluck Jonathan kept his promise to invest fuel subsidy money into roads and rail – and got a cement train named after him/Photo©PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFPThe Nigerian government is pressing on with renewal in all transport sectors with varying degrees of success.

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