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South Africa's industrial policy is bearing fruit

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South Africa's trade and industry minister Rob Davies​ speaks to The Africa Report about developing regional value chains and the importance of the state’s role in getting positive social and economic outcomes from the private sector​.

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Sierra Leone: Weaning banks off government finance

Sierra Leone's small businesses may be the winners. Photo©Daniel Wallis1/ReutersA halt on state borrowing should force banks to start offering cheaper loans to the struggling private sector.

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Sierra Leone's private sector rushes to fill the void as dam disappoints

Bumbuna Dam, 35 years in the making, has been riddled with problems since opening in 2009/Photo©Katrina Manson/reutersPoor management and weak infrastructure mean that the government and companies are relying on independent projects to meet electricity demand.

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Asia shows the way to industrialise, says UNECA

On the Zambian copperbelt, government has created industrial clusters to add value to the raw material produced, but take-up is slow©JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE / DIVERGENCEThe UN body's 2013 report says lessons can be learnt about value addition and the state's role in creating the right environment for private-sector investment.

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Africa: Business leads the way

World Bank figures show that the continent has boosted its gross reserves from $82.9m in 2003 to $301.5m in 2012/Photo©Getty ImagesPolitical instability, lack of financing, weak infrastructure: the African private sector still has several stumbling blocks to overcome. It is therefore essential that it ensures a stable growth benefiting the largest number of people.

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South African infrastructure development for growth

Photo©SIPAThe ambition is daunting and the financing needs are stratospheric, yet South Africa's $100bn infrastructure programme – with a mix of state and private sector funding – is edging towards reality.

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Tokyo pushes Africa's private sector

Driven by demand from its African trading partners, the Japanese government is looking for new ways to get the private sector involved in its African economic initiatives.

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Private sector corruption

What is private sector corruption? A flippant answer would be anything that the losing party in a job or tender selection process says it is, since there is that old saying that one person's corruption (or patronage, nepotism) is another's rightful meritocracy!

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Ghana to become net exporter of electricity

Ghana is seeking private sector participation in the management and distribution of electricity/Photo/reutersGhana is improving its power generation, transmission and distribution capacities to become a net exporter of electricity in the West African sub-region by 2015.

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Idit Miller, EMRC VP: Africa needs more regional collaboration

Idit Miller, EMRC International Vice President and founding member, speaks to The Africa Report about how the business of agriculture must be carried through by Africa's small scale farmers, if it is to be successful, and why the private sector and governments must wake up to this reality.

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Events

 AFRICA HOTEL INVESTMENT FORUM
2-4 October 2018 | Paris - https://www.africa-conference.com
  AHIFlogoThe Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) is the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets.
The event brings together the who's who of the hotel investment community that drive investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.
AHIF has proven to be Africa's annual meeting place for the region's most senior investors, developers, operators and advisors. It is the annual conference that connects business leaders from international and local markets to do deals across the region.

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 AFRICA OIL WEEK
5-9 November 2018 | Cape Town  International Convention Centre - South Africa - http://www.africa-oilweek.com
 Logo-AOWThe Leading Business Intelligence and Transaction Platform for Africa's Oil and Gas Sector
Africa Oil Week is the meeting place for Africa’s upstream oil and gas markets. The event brings together governments, national oil companies, investors, corporate players, independents and financiers – giving them a place to network, discuss and share knowledge. Africa Oil Week attracts the highest quality speakers. Sessions are headed by top figures in the sector, including ministers, heads of NOCs, leading scientists and CEOs from major and independent companies.

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 AFRICA CEO FORUM
25-26 March 2019 | Kigali -  http://www.theafricaceoforum.com/en
 Logo_ACFThe 7th edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM will take place in Kigali (Rwanda) on March 25&26, 2019.

Every year, the AFRICA CEO FORUM is the continent’s foremost business conference, hosting 1 500 Africa’s leading CEOs, international investors, top experts, and policy makers.

The AFRICA CEO FORUM has an unparalleled ability to convene, offer cutting-edge content and attract its global media coverage.
It is committed to unlocking Africa’s economic potential through private sector-led growth, innovative public policies and the development of a responsible business community.

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 NETHERLAND AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL - AFRICA WORKS!
Postponed to April 2019 | Rotterdam - http://www.africaworks.nl
  Logo NABCIn cooperation with Afrika-Verein, the fourth edition of Africa Works! will take place on the 19 & 20 September at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam! Stakeholders ranging from the private sector, NGO's, government officials, knowledge institutes and more will come together during this high-level conference to share their experiences and insights on Future African Cities, the official theme of this year's edition.

Africa Works! is now postponed to April 2019

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New links in the value chain

altReturning members of the diaspora and local businessmen are injecting much-needed investment into the country’s weak private sector     

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Africa's future and the World Bank's support to it

altOn the day the World Bank announces its new Africa strategy, its chief economist for the Africa region, Shantayanan Devarajan, sets out the Bank’s thinking.


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Interview: Shanta Devarajan, World Bank chief economist for Africa

altIn this wide-ranging interview Shanta Devarajan talks about the legacy of structural adjustment programmes and conditionality, liability for when programmes go wrong and the latest from the ongoing review of the World Bank's Africa policy.      

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