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The Africa Report No. 106

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The Africa Report is the international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs, anticipating economic and political changes in Africa and relied upon for the independent expertise in its surveys, sector reports and country focus in each issue.

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2 min.
the human factor

At the heart of the latest prognostications on Africa’s trajectories are the people – another 500 million, the vast majority under 30 – due to join the denizens of the continent’s cities over the next three decades. They should lay the groundwork for Africa’s great leap forward. The demographic revolution super-charging incomes, which helped transform China and is currently coursing through India, is coming to Africa. From the boom in African film, music, art and literature, all feted internationally alongside its thriving network of tech companies, the continent already has the soft power to underpin such a demographic dividend. But it is the lack of hard economic power – electricity generators, roads and ports, the backbone of an industrial revolution – that is holding back the project, even threatening to derail it.…

2 min.

WINE AND ASPIRATIONS Bobi Wine is shaking up Ugandan politics – paradoxically, due to matters that are actually beyond his doing [‘The Question’, TAR105 Nov 2018]. Bobi Wine is clearly a charismatic, ambitious young leader. As the ‘Ghetto President’ he has a good understanding of issues that affect young, desperate Ugandans (mostly urban youth), a moderate grasp of the policy solutions that could address some of these challenges, and his politics are clearly rooted in values that speak to empowering Ugandans and holding their leaders accountable. But the potency of Bobi Wine’s presence on the Ugandan political scene lies in the fact that he is a symbol of the aspirations and the condition of a generation of young and economically disenfranchised Ugandans, with an outlook that is totally disconnected from those…

1 min.
ghanaians rising through the oil ranks

The resolution of the [Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire] border dispute couldn’t have come at a better time. With the improvements in the oil price as well, the country is starting to see some energy injected back into the oil industry [‘Ghana: Local content has to be a priority’, TAR105 Nov 2018]. On the subject of local content, it is impressive to see companies like Tullow and their contractors make efforts to walk the talk. I have witnessed locals rising through the ranks and being trusted with very active roles in management as well as engineering. There is still room for improvement. The agencies in charge of enforcing these regulations need to continuously monitor the companies in the sector and ensure their active commitment to maximising local content.…

2 min.
year in images

5 min.
the new world order and africa

A daunting agenda – cash, conflict and jobs – awaited presidents and foreign ministers flying into Addis Ababa for an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in early November. The backdrop was the geo-economic shift over the past decade, establishing China as Africa’s leading trading partner, and India, Russia and Turkey coming up fast behind with the European Union (EU) states treading water and the US falling behind. At the end of the summit’s agenda were a couple of items about Africa’s strategic partnerships: how should the continent get the most benefit out of this latest upsurge of economic and diplomatic interest. There’s little agreement on tactics, let alone strategy. There are high hopes for the continent’s big idea, the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), representing a market of 1.2…

4 min.
côte d’ivoire tomorrow’s industrial powerhouse

In the 1960s, the country decided to not limit itself to exporting its raw products, and to process them locally. It began developing its industrial sector which, at the time, contributed less than 10% to Côte d’Ivoire’s GDP. The State created the best conditions for attracting foreign investors and, with the rise of small and medium local companies at the same time, a real industrial sector, both dense and diversified, began emerging. In the 1970s, it represented nearly 40% of the industrial potential of the entire WAEMU, until it practically disintegrated, due to the multiple crises that the country went through from the 1980s onwards. The continent’s eighth largest industrial power Today, building on its past successes, Côte d'Ivoire is still the eighth largest industrial power in Africa, on a level with Cameroon.…