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  1. beyondbrics

    March 28, 2014

    Consumers, Nigeria are focus for Africa PE funds

    South Africa, the African continent’s largest economy, had better take note. West Africa, an area that includes Nigeria, has...

  2. March 17, 2014

    Cotton origins picked for world futures contract

    Cotton grown on five continents will underpin a new futures market for the fibre as the US loses its central role as a...

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  1. African Farming

    The African Union has labelled 2014 the Year of Agriculture and Food Security, but fro...
  2. Investing in Nigeria

    Nigeria’s leadership may waver on vital economic reforms but business people are playi...
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  1. March 16, 2014

    Africa hits a bump on the road to prosperity

    Data Lab: sub-Sahara African growth faces bumps in the road South of the Sahara, economies have flourished over the past...

  2. January 28, 2014

    Cocoa bulls in the ascendant as supply tightens

    As emerging markets join the worldwide chocoholics club, supplies of cocoa appear to be running short. Cocoa prices have...

  3. January 21, 2014

    African farming: Initiatives about to increase cocoa yields

    Elijah Owusu, from the village of Cashierkrom in western Ghana, says his life as a cocoa farmer is a lucrative one. But Mr...

  4. beyondbrics

    January 15, 2014

    Maritime piracy: better, in parts

    Maritime piracy has fallen to its lowest level for six years, according to figures released on Wednesday by the...

  5. beyondbrics

    January 8, 2014

    Murder in Venezuela: from bad to worse

    More tragic news from the frontline of Venezuela’s crime scene: the murder in front of their five year-old daughter of...

  6. beyondbrics

    November 28, 2013

    Morocco and eurobonds: just can’t get enough

    Last week it was a Moroccan bank issuing international bonds, and now it’s the government that has global investors in its...

  7. November 14, 2013

    Rokia Traoré, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

    For her latest album, Beautiful Africa , Rokia Traoré turned to the production skills of John Parish, best known for...

  8. November 3, 2013

    Sub-Saharan market: High yields fire appetite for African eurobonds

    In October 2007, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country outside South Africa for 30 years to issue a...

  9. October 24, 2013

    Danone expands in Africa with 49% stake in dairy

    Danone has highlighted investors’ increasing appetite for Africa’s consumer brands with the acquisition of a 49 per cent...

  10. beyondbrics

    October 11, 2013

    Ivory Coast: back on the bond route

    Less than three years since civil war erupted in Ivory Coast it’s back to business as usual. Growth rates are now among the...

  11. October 10, 2013

    West Africa tops world’s maritime crime league

    If anyone was asked to name the hotspot of modern-day sea piracy, they could be forgiven for saying “Somalia”. After all,...

  12. September 17, 2013

    Analytics: Companies urged to take note of big data’s wider social benefits

    In June 2012, Orange, the mobile telecoms operator, threw down a challenge to the scientific community. It provided access...

  13. beyondbrics

    September 16, 2013

    EM currencies: hedge your bets

    Emerging market currencies that were the hardest hit by the summer’s sell-off rallied on Monday after Lawrence Summers...

  14. August 12, 2013

    Newcrest underscores global gold miners’ woes

    Newcrest Mining has underscored the tough conditions facing global gold miners, by reporting its first annual loss in over a...

  15. FT Photo Diary

    August 7, 2013

    Ivory Coast celebrates anniversary of independence

    Issouf Sanogo/AFP The members of Ivory Coast‘s special forces march at the presidential palace in Abidjan on Wednesday...

  16. August 4, 2013

    Investors should tread carefully on infrastructure

    Infrastructure is investing’s next big thing. All logic suggests it. Demand from big institutions, desperate for a source of...

  17. beyondbrics

    July 16, 2013

    Can Orange cut it in Africa mobile money?

    Mobile money services in Africa isn’t just all about M-Pesa in Kenya. Orange Mobile has just rolled out its first...

  18. beyondbrics

    July 7, 2013

    Week ahead, July 8 - 12

    Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria visits China as Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan departs; the UN Security Council is busy debating...

  19. beyondbrics

    June 26, 2013

    Further reading: Q-change

    Wednesday’s watercooler from the BB team: Qatar in transition x3; Brazil’s love of cars backfires; and doubts over the 28th...

  20. beyondbrics

    June 19, 2013

    Abraaj: a fan of milk

    A lot has been written about the potential of the African consumer but there’s not been exactly a flood of deals to...

  21. June 11, 2013

    African Development Bank headquarters to return to Ivory Coast

    By Borzou Daragahi in Cairo An African lending institution announced plans on Tuesday to begin returning its headquarters...

  22. May 2, 2013

    Randgold betters rivals by chasing margin

    Randgold Resources shrugged off a dip in production and profits during the first quarter, arguing it is better placed than...

  23. beyondbrics

    April 17, 2013

    London headlines

    * LVMH hit by weak Asia demand * Altimo offers $1.8bn to buy out Orascom * Wilmar sees African sweet spot * North Korea...

  24. beyondbrics

    April 17, 2013

    Wilmar sees African sweet spot

    Asia’s footprint in Africa’s commodity-rich economies has been growing, with Singapore-listed companies among the biggest...

  25. April 14, 2013

    Trafigura adds Lord Strathclyde to board

    Trafigura, a leading commodity trader, has appointed one of the UK Conservative party’s most senior figures to its board as...

  26. April 5, 2013

    Thiam’s £7.8m reward for Pru performance

    Prudential chief executive Tidjane Thiam earned £7.8m last year despite calls by some shareholders for pay restraint after a...

  27. March 29, 2013

    US must query any Knox extradition plea

    In 2007 the 21-year-old English exchange student Meredith Kercher was stabbed to death in Italy. Her murder in Perugia was...

  28. beyondbrics

    March 20, 2013

    Tata in Africa: pioneer forges ahead

    President of Cote d'Ivoire When anyone speaks about investment into Africa, China comes to mind. It’s the familiar and...

  29. beyondbrics

    March 19, 2013

    Going cuckoo for LatAm cocoa

    “Chocolate” and “shortage” should never appear in the same sentence. But as the Chinese say, in every crisis, there is...

  30. March 18, 2013

    From boycotts to business briefs

    A strange alchemy is under way. As big business stakes claims to being more charitable, charities are becoming more...

  31. March 6, 2013

    Cocoa cools on speculative short selling

    Expectations of selling by West African producers and an improved crop outlook depressed cocoa, pushing prices down to a new...

  32. February 13, 2013

    Total tops up its exploration budget

    Total of France has increased its exploration budget again as the French oil and gas group recommitted itself to achieving a...

  33. beyondbrics

    February 5, 2013

    Randgold warns on resource nationalism as governments ask for more

    Randgold chief executive Mark Bristow has criticised a “disturbing” tendency among African governments to increase taxes and...

  34. February 4, 2013

    Randgold burnished by higher gold sales

    Civil war and military coups failed to tarnish Randgold Resources as more gold and a higher price earned per ounce propelled...

  35. beyondbrics

    February 4, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Amplats plunges to an annual loss * HSBC sells $7.4 billion Ping An stake to billionaire Dhanin * Emerging stocks rise to...

  36. January 22, 2013

    Africa: Continent’s twin poles on different trajectories

    Sub-Saharan Africa’s voice on the global stage has been strongest in the past decade and a half when its two most powerful...

  37. January 20, 2013

    Africans seek aid to tackle Mali rebels

    West African leaders and France have called for urgent international financial and logistical help to ensure that a large...

  38. January 18, 2013

    Former Ivorian militia leader held in Ghana

    A former youth leader close to Laurent Gbagbo, Ivory Coast’s ex-president and war crimes defendant, has been arrested in...

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