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Fri,17Nov2017

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Commodity exports: turning resource curse into economic engine

Frank Augstein/AP/SIPA

A cargo vessel passes by as the sun rises over the Indian Ocean in Durban, South Africa. Frank Augstein/AP/SIPA.

By: Ruslan Kharlamov

 Last month I attended the 5th edition of the Africa CEO Forum, a two-day event dedicated to the continent's socio-economic development. One of the forum’s key—and, unfortunately, protracted—discussions was how to end Africa’s resource curse and climb up the value chain.

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Using agriculture and agribusiness to bring about industrialisation in Africa

KAREL PRINSLOO/AP/SIPA

A Kenyan maize seller sifts out maize from a bucket to get rid of sand and other impurities. KAREL PRINSLOO/AP/SIPA.

By: Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation for African economies.

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New technology and agriculture: A sluggish uptake

The new 2g agriculture is only really affecting commercial farms. Photo/Saabi/Galbe.ComCompanies and governments are trying to get smallholders to improve yields and adopt new technological solutions, but change requires time and effort.

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Few operators make money - MTN's CEO Sifiso Dabengwa

Sifiso Dabengwa, Chief executive, MTN Group/Photo©MARTIN RHODES/BUSINESS DAY/GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGESAt the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world's largest mobile-phone conference, MTN's chief executive Sifiso Dabengwa spoke to The Africa Report about expansion, data and why he might decide to raise prices.

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Solar solutions in Ghana

The $400m Nzema project will cover 183ha in Western Region/Photo©BLUE ENERGYRenewable energy sources play a significant role in plans to double electricity production in the next four years.

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Can SA's Eskom keep the lights on?

The 4,800MW Medupi coal-fired plant is two years behind in its construction schedule/Photo©SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERSFive years after blackouts shut down mines, South Africa continues to rely on Eskom for 95 percent of its power.

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