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Agriculture: From copper to cows, a Zambian move

Photos© Adrià Fruitos for TARThe mining downturn is leading Zambia's government to look to agricultural development for opportunities

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Liberia Country Profile 2015: Virus devastates the economy

altThe government's ability to tackle Ebola will shape 2015 in Liberia.

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Improved Ghana cocoa production leads to world surplus

File photo©ReutersGlobal cocoa market is likely to record a marginal surplus in the 2015/2016 crop season following improved production in Ghana, it has been revealed.

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South Africa - Nigeria: Pedalling in the same direction

The first lines in the new chapter of Nigeria-South Africa relations presage a warming up.

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Nigeria/South Africa: Breaking the cycle

Photos© PhotoMontage TAR; Matthieu Spohn/Corbis ; Dimitri Vervitsiotis/Getty images; Getty images; SIPAWith a Nigerian at the head of the AfDB and a South African representing the AU, never has the time been riper for South Africa and Nigeria to forgive past disagreements and lead the continent towards greater cooperation

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Algeria: plans to reverse decline in energy production

Photo@ReutersAlgeriagasAlgeria plans to increase natural gas output by 13 percent by 2019, the energy ministry said, to reverse a decline in energy production in recent years that has hit its export earnings and spending policy.

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Nigeria: Warri oil refinery temporarily shut down

Photos@ReutersWarrirefineryNigeria's Warri refinery has been shut down temporarily and operations will resume by early next week a spokesman for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said yesterday.

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Angola's economy slows down because of weaker oil prices

Photo@ReutersLuandaAngolan economic growth is likely to slow to an average of 3.5 percent a year between 2015 and 2016 from about 4 percent last year, the International Monetary Fund said this week, citing weaker oil prices.

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Nigerian oil union strikes against Haliburton job cuts

Photo@ReutersNigeria's main oil union has shut down the local operations of U.S. oilfield services provider Halliburton Co in protest against job cuts, the trade body confirmed.

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Mozambique: Asian buyers line up to import natural gas

Photos@ReutersMozambiqueMaputoCountries across Asia are quietly reaching deals to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Mozambique, which could transform its economy and give it a front-row seat in tapping rising global gas demand.

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Somalia to get oil flowing by 2020

Photos@ReutersSomaliaSomalia aims to produce oil within six years, Petroleum Minister Daud Mohamed Omar said today, as he announced plans to reassert control over a sector which has foundered since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

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Libya militia offer oil policies, P.M. says gov't still in charge

Photos@ReuterslibyafightersArmed groups in control of Libya's capital announced their own oil sector policies this week, drawing a rebuttal from Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni who said oil revenues continued to go to the elected government.

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Statoil fails to find oil in highly anticipated Angola well

Photo@ReutersAngolaluandaNorwegian oil and gas producer Statoil has drilled a dry well in Angola's pre-salt formations and failed to find commercially viable resources in a well in the Martin prospect in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the company said today.

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Algeria to launch $262 bln five-year investment plan

Photos@ReutersbouteflikaAlgeria will launch a new five-year investment plan worth $262 billion to boost domestic production and move its economy away from reliance on oil and gas, the government said.

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Gabon tells French Total oil company to pay $805 mln in taxes

Gabon's government has told French oil major Total's local subsidiary to pay $805 million in taxes it owes for 2008 to 2010, in a case watched closely by potential new investors in the West African country's energy sector.

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Nigeria: Lamido Sanusi's legacy

Photo©Jerome Favre/BloomBerg via Getty ImagesThe central bank governor will step down in June, having saved the financial sector and created plenty of enemies along the way.

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Mali seeks new investors, may scrap some oil deals

Photo©ReutersMali's government plans to revise its oil law this year as it seeks new investors, with a view to pumping oil in its restive desert north in five to ten years, the mines minister said.

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Shell to drill for oil in Namibian waters

Shell is to drill offshore Namibia, a growing area of interest for oil and gas explorers, the southern African country's mines and energy minister said on Monday.

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Tullow says Mauritania well opens new oil play

British explorer Tullow Oil said it found oil and gas-condensate at a key well off the coast of Mauritania, in a development it described as opening a new oil play in the West African country.

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Angola's lessons from Brazil

Luanda’s skyline is just one side of Angola’s story. Photo©Ken Gerhardt/Getty ImagesLuanda, with its palm-fringed corniche and glitzy beach bars, is Rio de Janeiro writ small: an explosive mix of commercial and cultural dynamism, crass inequities and seething frustration. Beyond the obvious parallels, Brazil's experience has much to teach Angola's policymakers.

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