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May 21, 2019

Editor’s Note: May 21, 2019 Can Kenya fix the ‘missing middle’? Five of Kenya’s leading banks have announced a new mobile-based lending serviceaimed at improving access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The service will initially be offered to […]

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May 21, 2019

Editor’s Note: May 21, 2019 Can Kenya fix the ‘missing middle’? Five of Kenya’s leading banks have announced a new mobile-based lending serviceaimed at improving access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The service will initially be offered to […]

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May 20, 2019

Editor’s Note: May 20, 2019 Is Zambia wrong to raise taxes? “When we decide how to manage our tax regime, we decide on our own.” These were the words of Zambia’s president Edgar Lungu over the weekend, defending government plans to introduce […]

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May 17, 2019

Editor’s Note: May 17, 2019 The Sahel needs more drastic action Burkina Faso’s foreign minister on Thursday appealed to the international community to consider creating a counter-terrorism coalition to help combat Islamist militancy in West Africa’s Sahel region. This follows an ambush on Nigerien […]

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May 16, 2019

Editor’s Note: May 16, 2019 A ‘Digital Blueprint’ for Africa? Kenya on Wednesday launched a new “Digital Economy Blueprint” for Africa, aimed at strengthening the continent’s ability to compete in the technology-driven global economy. It has five ‘pillars’ focusing on digital […]

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May 15, 2019

Editor’s Note: May 15, 2019 Africa needs to get serious about jobs South Africa’s unemployment rate increased by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2019 to 27.6%, led by cuts in the financial and construction sectors. The number is worrying, but high […]

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May 14, 2019

Editor’s Note: May 14, 2019 Jumia is getting a crash course in being listed Africa-focused e-commerce startup Jumia published its first quarter results on Monday, a day earlier than planned, in a bid to reassure the market following fraud allegations made […]

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May 13, 2019

Editor’s Note: May 13, 2019 Manufacturing is easier said than done Garment workers in Ethiopia are the world’s lowest paid according to a report from the NYU Stern School of Business released last week, earning around $26 a month. It’s a lamentable state of […]

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