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OPINION, André Silver Konan: Simple remedies for our problems

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Photos of recent protests are circulating on social media. One of them, which went viral, suggests a complete flouting of state authority: it shows a gendarme’s cap, shed as he fled mob ­violence in M’Bahiakro on 6 March. Two days earlier, a young girl was killed in this town not far from Bouaké in central Côte d’Ivoire. It was a ritual crime commissioned by the victim’s father, and it led to a violent confrontation between protesters and the authorities.

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ITW: Hervé Boyer, CEO Stanbic Bank Cote d’Ivoire. Francophone Africa is an important part of the puzzle

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Francophone Africa is an important part of the puzzle

South Africa’s Standard Bank launched operations in Côte d’Ivoire last year and is planning on using the country as its Francophone West African base

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DOSSIER INSURANCE: Innovation is the best policy

A nation of risk-takers, Nigeria needs insurance tailored to specific trades - SVEN TORFINN/PANOS-REA
Only 1% of the Nigerian population is insured, but research suggests that to be successful in this market demands a whole new approach. As an influx of foreign players changes the landscape, indigenous players are being forced to think on their feet

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Art Dubai: Shifting perspectives

 

wealth-of-nations-installation-jogja-national-museum-indonesia-courtesy-jogja-biennaleAfrican and diaspora artists shone at this year’s Emirates art fair, making the case for Africa-based galleries to forge links beyond  the continent while nurturing a young collector base at home 

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Gabon: Water war

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Libreville nationalised Veolia’s stake in a water and electricity company in February, and the French company is seeking mediation and possible arbitration

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We’re not going to try and fight the Chinese: Christian Combes, Africa director, Eiffage Infrastructures

 

Photo: APEiffage has created a sizeable niche in the African construction market, working with French multinationals and seeking out other opportunities for growth

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