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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. February 14, 2014

    Time to move in on emerging market opportunities

    Things are not looking good for emerging markets, with investors taking fright at populist governments seeking re-election,...

  14. beyondbrics

    February 6, 2014

    Grindrod rail deal: right direction

    Mining may get a bad press in Africa, but there’s no denying the potential – and it’s importance. Nearly one quarter of the...

  15. January 31, 2014

    Vedanta hurt by fall in Zambian copper production

    Vedanta Resources has posted a 3 per cent decline in revenue for the last three months of 2013 as the company’s non-Indian...

  16. January 6, 2014

    Surging Dr Copper leaves traders confused

    A crucial material in wiring and electronics, copper has long been seen as a barometer of the health of the global economy....

  17. December 11, 2013

    White House considers Fischer for number two role at the Fed

    The White House is considering Stanley Fischer for vice-chair of the US Federal Reserve in a move that would add one of the...

  18. December 11, 2013

    FT/City Ingenuity Awards runners-up

    Highly commended: Bicycle Empowerment Network The Bicycle Empowerment Network is an expanding chain of sale and repair shops...

  19. beyondbrics

    December 6, 2013

    Gabon's $1.5bn eurobond: telling the right story

    Gabon joined the year’s rostrum of sovereign African eurobond issuers on Thursday with a 10 year “soft bullet” issue of...

  20. 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...

  21. November 18, 2013

    Pricing shift in $2bn-a-year cobalt market sets post-Libor trend

    When politicians fret about price benchmarks, they are unlikely to be thinking about cobalt. But the niche market for the...

  22. November 15, 2013

    Vedanta pins hopes on lifting of Indian mining ban

    Vedanta held out hopes of a quick resumption of iron ore mining in India and played down concerns over its standing in...

  23. beyondbrics

    October 30, 2013

    Tunisia downgraded 2 notches by Fitch

    Tunisia became the third African sovereign to be downgraded by rating agency Fitch in October on Wednesday, alongside Zambia...

  24. beyondbrics

    October 29, 2013

    Zambia: downgraded, but not down

    What do you do when you get downgraded by a major credit rating agency, citing deteriorating government finances and...

  25. beyondbrics

    October 15, 2013

    Guest post: why China's slowdown won't put the brakes on Africa's growth

    By Andrew Brown of Emerging Capital Partners Last week the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted a further drop in...

  26. October 9, 2013

    Supply of copper set to outstrip demand

    Leading copper miners and traders have said they expect supply to outstrip demand next year as a wave of new projects begins...

  27. beyondbrics

    September 19, 2013

    IFC Zambia bonds: looking local

    Sometimes you get lucky – the International Finance Corporation certainly did when it picked Thursday to launch its first...

  28. September 18, 2013

    Study highlights scale of African doctors ‘brain drain’

    The number of African doctors working in the US soared by almost two-fifths over a decade, according to a study showing the...

  29. September 6, 2013

    Coloured gemstones: Demand for something different drives up prices

    Daniela Mascetti, Sotheby's senior international jewellery specialist, was recently chatting to a client she has worked with...

  30. September 5, 2013

    G20 to back moves to expose tax evaders

    The Dutch government has offered to renegotiate loophole-ridden tax treaties with nearly two dozen developing countries, in...

  31. July 6, 2013

    Small-cap week, July 6

    Gemfields, owner of the world’s biggest emerald mine, was among the small-cap fallers this week after it fell foul of a...

  32. beyondbrics

    July 1, 2013

    South Africa PE funds go far and wide

    South African private equity funds rarely took an interest in neighbouring countries, preferring to invest at home. All that...

  33. beyondbrics

    June 21, 2013

    Zambia: taking aim at tax avoiders

    Zambia’s plans to make companies repatriate foreign currency export earnings back to Lusaka are part of an effort to crack...

  34. June 14, 2013

    Fastjet ready for Tanzania take-off

    Fastjet has moved closer to achieving its ambition of becoming the first pan-African budget airline, having gained...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 31, 2013

    New York headlines

    * India records slowest growth in a decade * Delayed Bumi results reveal $2.4bn loss * Stanchart cuts China profits forecast...

  36. beyondbrics

    May 28, 2013

    Chart of the week: Africa's growth / human development lag

    From the ‘hopeless’ to the ‘hopeful’ continent, a decade of strong growth has changed perceptions of sub-Saharan African...

  37. beyondbrics

    May 16, 2013

    Further reading: Zambia's King Cobra

    Thursday’s picks from beyondbrics: oil’s powerful few; ripples of unease in Zambia; Vietnam’s state-sponsored crony...

  38. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2013

    Ghana eyes $1bn Eurobond

    Alongside the riches, Ghana’s oil boom has also ushered in a string of woes, including huge infrastructure needs and the...

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