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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 ENERGY FORUM
19-22 June 2018 | Mauritius - http://go.pardot.com/l/339321/2018-02-06/37v71
 eNET AEF2018 BANNERS 150x150The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors. Twenty years in the running, AEF brings together senior-level representatives from governments, utilities, regulators, power developers, financial institutions, technology providers, consultants, law firms and large energy consumers to form partnerships, identify opportunities and collectively move the industry forward. AEF has a loyal following of credible players working in the power space, and a track record of delivering a valuable networking experience. READ MORE & REGISTER: http://go.pardot.com/l/339321/2018-02-06/37v71
   
 AFRICA BUSINESS DAY 2018
22 June 2018 | hosted by Syngenta in Stein AG - http://www.sabc.ch/abd
 Logo ABD18The 2018 edition of the Africa Business Day will be organised by the Swiss-African Business Circle (SABC) and hosted by Syngenta at their Research & Development facility in Stein AG on 22 June 2018.  

The Africa Business Day is the indispensable annual platform in Switzerland for doing business in and with Africa and every year it brings together more than 150 participants including CEOs, members of the Board, business development managers, export managers and investors. During the event, African Embassies/Missions present investment opportunities in their respective countries at country desks in the dedicated exhibition area.  

To see the photo gallery of the 2017 event click HERE. Download the full 2018 program HERE.
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 AFRICA CEO FORUM - WOMEN IN BUSINESS
2-3 July 2018 | Paris -  https://www.acfwomeninbusiness.com/en
  ACFwomen2018 EN 150x150As the foremost annual private sector meeting, the AFRICA CEO FORUM offers over 1,000 high-level decision-makers an exceptional platform for discussion and ideation on the continent’s economic and industrial issues. Our Women in Business initiative is one of the pillars of our programme and, for three years, has brought together over 250 of Africa’s most influential women leaders. Three dedicated sessions see them focus on the unwavering conviction that Africa’s women leaders are powerful levers for the continent’s transformation. In 2018, the AFRICA CEO FORUM takes its commitment to women’s empowerment and leadership further by hosting the first Women in Business Meeting in Paris on 2 and 3 July, with a two-fold objective:
Institute an exclusive annual event that addresses women: As business leaders, by facilitating business meetings and developing African and international networks; As women of influence, to advance women’s leadership issues in the business world and contribute to addressing the continent’s economic and social challenges; As women leaders, through high-level training and exposure to some of the world’s most inspiring role models.
Co-build the first African professional network of executive women. The women who participate in the 2018 inaugural edition of the Women in Business Meeting will become the first ambassadors of this network aimed at: developing high-level continental and regional women’s business communities supporting and promoting a pan-African vision of women’s leadership. READ MORE AND REGISTER

   
 AFRICA SINGAPORE BUSINESS FORUM
28-29 August 2018 | Singapore -  http://bit.ly/TAR-ASBF
 asbf logo lockup 150pxPromoting Business Exchange and Thought Leadership Beteween Africa and Asia.  The Africa Singapore Business Forum (ASBF) is the premier platform for business exchange and fostering trade between Africa and Asia.  Organised by Enterprise Singapore, the forum has brought together over 2,000 business and government leaders from 30 countries to explore partnerships and growth opportunities between these two dynamic regions. ASBF 2018 will address critical issues and identify opportunities in key sectors, including infrastructure, real estate, manufacturing, digital technology, and oil and gas.

REGISTER NOW for an insightful session with numerous networking opportunities at http://bit.ly/TAR-ASBF.
   
 

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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