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So the entry of yet another form of competition, in the form of the three-wheelers, has been anything but welcome. The tuk-tuk-style vehicles with their low operating costs, manoeuvrability and the cheapness of their fares, could deal the minibus business a serious blow – as they have done in other parts of the world, especially in Asia.

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The three-wheeler motorised taxi, ubiquitous in Asia and parts of Africa, has arrived in Malawi, much to the chagrin of the minibus taxi operators who have dominated the public transport scene thus far.
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Sub-Saharan African countries are progressing in leaps and bounds in terms of ease of doing business, with the continent accounting for five of the top 10 most-improved regulatory environments for doing business worldwide. A number of African countries are implementing multiple reforms in the space of a year.  

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Not so long ago, doing business in Africa was regarded a tortuous process at best and downright impossible at worst. Everything, it seemed, conspired to stop you conducting your business with any measure of ease. No longer. The latest World Bank Doing Business report says that African countries are now among the world’s top reformers. Gabriella Mulligan reports.
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South Africa is improving its infrastructure and business environment as it strives to become the pre-eminent hub for commercial investment into the rest of the African continent, says Charlotte Maponya, the chairperson of Brand South Africa.

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South Africa is improving its infrastructure and business environment as it strives to become the preeminent hub for commercial investment into the rest of the African continent, says Charlotte Maponya, the chairperson of Brand South Africa.
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Kordjé Bedoumra running for presidency of the African Development Bank (AfDB). We asked, 'what new ideas will you bring so that the Bank can help play an active role in the transformation of the continent?'

Read Kordjé Bedoumra answer and more here:

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Kordjé Bedoumra, Chad’s Minister for Finance and the Budget, has thrown his hat into the ring for the presidency of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
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#Malawi: Feeling the pinch of a shrinking kwacha

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe said although the rate at which the currency has been depreciating is shocking, the fall is not a strange scenario in Malawi. He cited the devaluation of the kwacha in 2012, when the country removed the currency’s peg to the US dollar. The currency slid from 168 kwacha to the dollar to 460.

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The continuing depreciation of the Malawian kwacha is driving up the cost of living and increasing social tension in the country. The currency fell from K410 to the US dollar in September to K520 to the dollar in December.
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Weekend reading,

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama began 2015 with a promise that the power crisis that the nation has been facing for over two years would finally come to a conclusive end during the year.

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Ghana’s power sector is limping badly but is only symptomatic of a general economic malaise that has gripped the West African country.
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Global research has revealed the highly sobering and often terrifying impact of our economic activities on both the natural as well as the human environments we depend on. An all-round sustainable approach to living and working is no longer just an option – it is essential. Is Africa becoming more sustainable?

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Global research has revealed the highly sobering and often terrifying impact of our economic activities on both the natural as well as the human environments we depend on. An all-round sustainable approach to living and working is no longer just an option – it is essential. Is Africa becoming more sustainable? Report by Associate Editor, Neil Ford.
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Conventional wisdom dictates that the pioneer in an industry, the ‘first-mover’ will have larger market share than latter entrants. It is also expected that such pioneers will continue to dominate the industry until a new player introduces an innovation that pulls the rug from under the market leader’s feet.

Read how M-Net West Africa intends to challenge Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) network.

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Fredrick Mordi meets Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, the regional director, M-Net West Africa. She talks about the changing TV landscape in Africa and how ...
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#Nigeria: #Politics.

It would be a mistake, however, to think that the APC has just relied on negative campaigning to make its electoral case. What distinguishes the two parties, according to Lai Mohammed, is that the APC formulates policies after listening to the people.

Stephen Williams speaks to Al Haji Lai Mohammed

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Perhaps the most crucial issue in the election is the continuing challenge posed by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast of the country – or, more accurately, the ineffectiveness to date of Nigeria’s armed forces in confronting and defeating the terrorists, characterised by the military’s inability to secure the release of hundreds of abducted schoolgirls.
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#Malawi: Little sachets of evil?

The Malawian government is facing down pressure from civil society to ban the sale of cheap and potent sachets of liquor, which campaigners believe is contributing to problems in health and education.

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#Tanzania: Taking the spice out of cloves?

Cloves were once worth more than gold and the native spice has been a mainstay of Zanzibar’s economy for the last 150 years. But frustration is growing among farmers in the island and neighbouring Pemba about a battle between the public and private sector which is reducing their incomes and losing Tanzania its dominant position in the world market. Is government intervention a recipe for disaster, asks Aameera Jiwaji.

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Cloves were once worth more than gold and the native spice has been a mainstay of Zanzibar’s economy for the last 150 years.
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