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Wed,28Jun2017

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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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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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