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Wed,22Nov2017

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Trade: Counting on Cameroon's new port, Kribi

Kribi’s future port could create 10,000 jobs. Photo©Abel Aimé Menoba for JAA new port in southern Cameroon is set to alleviate the chronic congestion and delays at the country's main port and to pave the way for new industrial projects.

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Finance: DRC's civil servants head to the banks

Pay-day queues at banks are a necessary evil of the drive to clean up civil servants’ pay. Photo©John Bompengo/Radio OkapiThe move to pay public sector workers via bank accounts has already saved the government $29m. But what's in it for the banks?

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Ethiopia: We want technology transfers - Deputy PM

Photo©AU CommissionDebretsion Gebremichael, Deputy prime minister, Ethiopia, rose to eminence within the liberation struggle at the helm of the rebels' intelligence services.

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Ethiopia's progress and zeal

No rest for the construction workers on the future Addis Ababa light rail. Photo©DANIEL GETACHEW/EPA/CorbisThe 'developmental army' of Ethiopians recruited by the government has created real momentum, with the economy growing at a double-digit pace each year for nearly a decade. But many people are still struggling, and regular citizens complain about the lack of freedom and top-down initiatives.

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Free markets, deadly competition and an Ethiopian choice

Developmental states reject the free-market model of development because they do not have the advanced-world assets to compete on a level playing field.

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Ethiopia: The Addis millionaire's club

A daughter’s wedding is a time to splash out for addis’s low-key millionaires. Photo©Per-Anders Pettersson/CosmosAt first glance, Ethiopia would seem like a tough place for business owners to make it big.

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Agriculture: Rwanda's harvest of thorns

The government and local partners hope the Rwandan flower industry can bloom again. Photo©Martin Roemers/CosmosA new flower park holds promise for the commercial floriculture business, but logistics remain a major impediment, as a consultant's experiment showed.

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