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Sukuk: Africa seeks to attract cash-rich Islamic investors

Governments across Africa are using sukuk as a way to attract cash-rich Islamic investors.

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Foreign investment is like slow poison

Thomas Piketty, economist, France. Photo©Vincent Fournier for JAThe author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century has spurred an energetic debate about capitalism and inequality. Here, he talks to The Africa Report about democracy, markets and industrialisation.

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Last word: The way of the dragon?

Mwangi Kimenyi and John Mbaku are director and non-resident senior fellow respectively at the Brookings Institution’s Africa Growth Initiative. Photo©All Rights ReservedAfter more than 50 years of independence, African countries remain embroiled in the controversy over which political model – democracy or authoritarianism – to adopt in order to enhance economic and human development.

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Cote d'Ivoire: A turning point

Infrastructure is one way to build a bridge over troubled water in Côte d'Ivoire. Photo©Olivier for TARThe figures for economic growth are putting some swagger in Côte d'Ivoire's stride, but business leaders and oppositionists say the hard work has not even begun. Big infrastructure projects are underway all over the country, although local companies are struggling to access credit.

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Ivorian artists and intellectuals in turmoil

A little more than three years ago 'the Battle of Abidjan' was raging and people were holed up in their homes, sick with fear. Today, life looks brighter.

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Islamic finance: Searching for Sukuk

South Africa, where Absa and Barclays offer Islamic banking services, plans to issue its first sovereign sukuk this year. Photo©Dean Hutton/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesAfrican governments are looking to sharia-compliant financial markets to attract investment from the Middle East. The trend is just gathering strength, and experts expect more funds to flow into infrastructure and other major projects.

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African Angles - No sorrow for Sarko

Former French President, Nicolas SarkozySchadenfreude sweeps a Cameroonian village as police question former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.

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