As Egypt heads towards its first presidential election in more than thirty years, tension is rising ahead of polls that look set to reshape the strategically important country's future

Egypt’s transition continues to surprise and confuse, as the military council bring forward the election date to 23 May to defuse public opposition at the slow pace of reform, while Egypt’s administrative court suspends a committee charged with drafting a new constitution, meaning Egyptians will elect a president before the country has ratified a new [...]

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As the mobile voice market reaches maturity, companies in the region are focusing their strategies on the provision of data services

With more than 500 million subscribers across the continent inching the mobile voice market towards saturation, mobile technology companies are increasingly looking to data services as a means of capturing new sales. Although mobile broadband uptake is certainly growing- traffic will increase thirty six-fold in the region between now and 2015- at a mere 4 [...]

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Leaders of the five countries that make up the group of major emerging economies met in the Indian capital, Delhi, on March 29, to discuss cooperation and reform of international financial institutions

The fourth annual Brics summit took place in the Indian capital, Delhi on March 29th. The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – which make up the grouping of major emerging economies- used the occasion to renew their calls for reform of international institutions to better reflect global economic and political shifts. [...]

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With Africa's economies posting strong growth, deal activity is diversifying beyond the energy and mining sectors as more businesses turn to frontier markets

A total of 32 deals amounted to $3.98bn of M&A activity in Africa in the first quarter of 2012 according to data by Mergermarket.   Energy and mining related activity continues to account for the majority of African M&A, but there is increasing evidence of diversification in the region’s investment profile. The consumer sector registered the [...]

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The Asian giant is at the forefront of Africa's changing international relationships, with annual bilateral trade in excess of $160bn

Already Africa’s single biggest trading partner, China is set to become the continent’s largest export destination in 2012 according to South African based Standard Bank. The milestone would mark a significant turnaround since 2008, the bank says, when exports to China stood at half of those to the US. In a research note, Standard Bank’s [...]

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Natznet Tesfay, head of Africa forecasting at Exclusive Analysis explores the main political trends to watch in Africa over the next month

In this monthly summary of major trends shaping the African policy space, Exclusive Analysis’s Natznet Tesfay looks at resource nationalism in Mozambique and South Africa, oil sector reform in Nigeria and the implications of a new Jihadist group’s attack in Tamanrasset, Algeria, for terrorist activity in the region. Mozambique – The government is likely to impose [...]

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Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai speaks to This Is Africa about the prospects for elections and power sharing

Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe’s prime minister, entered a power sharing agreement with Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF in 2008, nearly a decade after the formation of Mr Tsvangirai’s party, the Movement for Democratic Change. Speaking to This is Africa on a visit to London, where he lobbies for the withdrawal of sanctions and increased economic support for [...]

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