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    1. December 9, 2014

      Cotton farmers hit hard as prices drop to lowest since 2009

      Evelyn Nguleka fears for Zambia’s cotton growers. The head of the farmers union in the southern African country says a...

    2. December 5, 2014

      Political rivalries blight Zambia

      Political uncertainty and factionalism are blighting Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer, with both the ruling...

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    1. October 30, 2014

      Political uncertainty worries Zambia investors

      When Michael Sata won Zambia’s elections three years ago, the country’s currency slumped to a one-year low against the...

    2. beyondbrics

      October 30, 2014

      Sata's death puts IMF Zambia mission and much else on hold

      The death of Michael Sata, Zambia’s president, could delay an International Monetary Fund visit to the southern African...

    3. October 29, 2014

      Zambian president Michael Sata dies at 77

      Zambia faces fresh elections and a period of uncertainty after Michael Sata, the country’s populist president, died...

    4. October 23, 2014

      Commodities: A partial pump primer

      Few economic forces are more important than commodity prices. When they rise they transfer riches and power from consumers...

    5. October 20, 2014

      African economic growth under threat from Ebola, warns IMF

      A number of “increasingly potent” risks are threatening to disrupt sub-Saharan Africa’s growth, including the Ebola outbreak...

    6. beyondbrics

      October 15, 2014

      African local bonds – an untapped opportunity?

      African dollar bonds are increasingly gaining mainstream acceptance as the continent’s brisk economic growth and low...

    7. beyondbrics

      October 3, 2014

      Guest post: Ghana and Zambia dichotomy is cautionary tale

      By Kevin Daly, Aberdeen Asset Management Africa is set to be a focus of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World...

    8. beyondbrics

      September 26, 2014

      Commodity prices and the perils of generalisation

      Financial market traders kicking their heels for much of this year over the (to them) maddening lack of volatility have at...

    9. September 15, 2014

      Gemfields turns to Sri Lanka for sapphires

      Gemfields, the Aim-quoted precious stone miner, has extended its reach to Sri Lanka by buying a majority stake in 16...

    10. beyondbrics

      September 15, 2014

      Kenya at risk from higher interest rates, lower tea and tourism revenues

      Kenya’s big twin deficits will become a heavier burden when higher US interest rates push up borrowing costs, Renaissance...

    11. beyondbrics

      September 10, 2014

      Africa rising: for whom, and for how long?

      Africa is, or has been, rising: on that most people seem agreed. The question is: which parts, and for how long? The...

    12. FT Alphaville

      August 26, 2014

      Bob's back

      8am on Wednesday sees a resumption of trading in Atlas Mara Co-Nvest, the cash shell that Bob Diamond floated in London last...

    13. August 10, 2014

      Guinea shuts borders in bid to halt Ebola

      CONAKRY, Aug 9 – Guinea closed its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia on Saturday in a bid to halt the spread of an Ebola...

    14. August 5, 2014

      Ghana tarnishes ‘Africa rising’ story

      The world has become used to the idea of Africa being on the march. In the past decade, after two decades of stagnation, the...

    15. August 2, 2014

      Ghana seeks IMF help after currency falls 40%

      Ghana, the country that epitomised the ‘Africa rising’ narrative of strong economic growth and improved governance, is to...

    16. July 31, 2014

      Facebook app to offer free internet in Zambia

      Facebook has created an app to offer free basic internet services to users in emerging markets as part of its push to...

    17. beyondbrics

      June 9, 2014

      Zambia's lesson for Ghana: call the IMF

      When Zambia last week approached the International Monetary Fund for financial help, another cash-strapped African country...

    18. June 6, 2014

      Zambia asks IMF for help after currency slides

      Zambia, Africa’s second-largest copper producer, has requested help from the International Monetary Fund after a slump in...

    19. beyondbrics

      May 23, 2014

      A new frontier: Africa's "explosive" homebrew market

      In the 1980s Yvonne Chaka Chaka released a hit single called Umqombothi, the Xhosa word for homebrew beer. The song...

    20. May 20, 2014

      African bonds lose honeymoon feeling

      Few statistics better show the rise of Africa over the last decade than the sharp increase in the number of countries in the...

    21. beyondbrics

      May 15, 2014

      IFC issues first Rwandan local currency bond

      Investor appetite for African local currency bonds issued by foreign institutions shows little sign of abating. On...

    22. beyondbrics

      May 15, 2014

      The surge in Africa direct investment

      The multi-billion dollar wave of foreign direct investment into Africa is well known among investors. Less known is another...

    23. Material World

      May 11, 2014

      Part lll: Sub-Saharan Africa

      Dismissed for decades by the industry, it has only been in the past 18 months that sub-Saharan Africa has really started...

    24. May 1, 2014

      Reasons to be wary of African debt expansion

      Young bond markets grow up so fast. With a flurry of issuance expected and few maturing debts, Africa is likely to be one of...

    25. April 16, 2014

      Bond investors parse the frontier story

      Many of the world’s poorest countries have notched up a debut dollar bond issue in recent years, taking advantage of strong...

    26. April 8, 2014

      Copper output surge adds to price pressure

      A surge in mine production could send copper prices down to $6,000 a tonne later this year – a level last seen in the...

    27. April 7, 2014

      Zambia makes bond market return

      Zambia has raised $1bn through an international bond sale in Africa’s first sovereign debt issuance of the year. The yield...

    28. March 25, 2014

      Zambia to tap bond markets in first 2014 Africa issue

      Zambia plans to become the first African government to tap global capital markets in 2014, providing an important test of...

    29. beyondbrics

      March 23, 2014

      The week ahead, March 24-28

      It’s international conference season with meetings on Asian investment, Asean economies, African oil refining, small states...

    30. March 21, 2014

      Zambia drops exchange regulations to halt currency decline

      Zambia, one of Africa’s biggest copper producers, on Friday scrapped foreign exchange regulations in a dramatic move to...

    31. beyondbrics

      March 20, 2014

      Africa's upstart mining countries taking bites out of big boys

      South Africa and Nigeria are global mineral and oil suppliers, respectively, that have built up their specialist industries...

    32. beyondbrics

      March 19, 2014

      Copper's decline sends Zambian kwacha into tailspin

      The Zambian kwacha has been one of the weakest currencies against the US dollar this year, losing more than 8 per cent of...

    33. 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...

    34. beyondbrics

      March 12, 2014

      China slowdown clouds sub-Saharan Africa outlook

      In a world of shrinking liquidity, sub-Sahara African governments are finding little room to manoeuvre in stimulating their...

    35. March 9, 2014

      Quality helps students go the distance

      Far away from the debate about whether online learning can ever match the classroom experience is a group of people for whom...

    36. February 24, 2014

      Frontier market havens come under threat as frailties appear

      Frontier markets are poised at the extremities of market capitalism, a position that often equates to life on the edge for...

    37. February 21, 2014

      Esther Freud on Zambia’s campaign against male violence

      It is the start of Zambia’s 16-day annual national campaign against gender-based violence, and in Lusaka there is a march...

    38. February 19, 2014

      Cement group Lafarge upbeat on global demand

      Lafarge said that demand in the emerging markets would pick up sharply this year and make progress in Europe, as the cement...

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