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Mon,20Nov2017

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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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Ghana's winning oil explorers face barriers

Ghana’s oil and gas will power an economic transformation/Photo©ANNA CLOPETOil and gas companies have been racking up new discoveries but await regulations as debates intensify over tax payments and environmental safeguards.

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Nigeria's Good luck or judgment?

Sweet smiles of a demographic time bomb: in 10 years these children will be part of the 80 million looking for jobs/Photo©AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERSThrough a confluence of good fortune, his own initiative and a team of reform-minded ministers President Goodluck Jonathan is stacking up arguments for re-election in 2015. But his critics are vocal and have formed a new opposition coalition, while pretenders lurk in the ranks of his own party.

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Ghana's breadbasket in search of a renaissance

Photo©Gemma WareFor the second time in its history, Ghana has a northern leader. Does it bode well for this agricultural region where investment is strong but electrification slow to arrive?

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Mozambique's poor infrastructure slows coal exports

Beira port is the main gateway for coal exports/Photo©GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFPBRIC countries need coking coal and Mozambique has it aplenty, but only a massive investment in the rail and port infrastructure will enable it to meet the demand.

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Ghana: First term test

Construction in Accra points to a wealthier future/Photo©Jane HahnWith the interest of multinational companies in Ghana's oil and gas reserves, the population is expecting quick improvements to service provision. President Mahama began his first term in office in January with plans to create jobs and build more roads, bridges, schools and hospitals.

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