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Banking: We will benefit from both worlds- Ecobank chief

Albert Essien Group chief executive, Ecobank. Photo©Eric Larrayadieu for JABanker Albert Essien talks about the management troubles at Ecobank, its plans for consolidation, and how to manage culture and training across a pan-African institution.

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The Ebola fear factor and wake-up call

Girls in Voinjama, Liberia, look at a poster that displays information on Ebola  Photo©UNICEF/Liberia/JallanzoDespite having being ranked second and sixth among the 10 top countries with the highest economic growth rates in the world in 2013, Sierra Leone and Liberia are among the world's poorest. The Ebola epidemic has exposed the weakness of healthcare systems that have been neglected in many African countries for so long.

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OPEC will not cut output however far oil falls- MEES

Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi. Photo©ReutersSaudi Arabia convinced its fellow OPEC members that it is not in the group's interest to cut oil output however far prices may fall, the kingdom's oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in an interview with the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES).

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Mining: UK data office says NGO has journalist exemption, rejects Steinmetz claim

BSGR was stripped of its mining rights on the giant Simandou iron deposit in Guinea in AprilBritain's data watchdog has dismissed Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz's claims against a campaign group which used data to link him and his BSGR mining business to corruption in Guinea, saying the group enjoyed exemptions for journalists.

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Ghana shuts down witches' camp

Alleged witches gather in Kukuo village, Northern Ghana Photo©Jane Hahn/ActionAidThe government of Ghana, in a historical move, has closed down one of the many witches' camps at Bonyasi, a community in Central Gonja District in the northern part of the country, housing suspected witches for years without trial.

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Ghana government backtracks on power utility privatisation

File photo©ReutersGhana has admitted that it is privatising the country's power utility as part of conditions to access foreign funding, barely six months after it dismissed reports about the move.

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