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SADC Region Seeks to Accelerate Industrialization amid Challenges in Mining and Energy

March 20, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & Africa, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Abayomi Azikiwe Swaziland summit discusses economic crises in the sub-continent The Republic of South Africa, the most industrialized state in the region, is still undergoing an economic recession. King Mswati III emphasised the necessity for regional member-states to engage in a strategic approach aimed at realising economic development for people in

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United You Don’t Stand

February 20, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

From the Editors The latest news about Israel is again about some on-going land grab. This is not new news. This has been going on for over 70 years. And in and of itself historically Israel is not unique in conducting this type of land grab for those it

Cracking the Arab World’s Development Puzzle: Oil or Politics?

February 16, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Ibrahim Elbadawi and Hoda Selim Is the Arab World cursed by its own institutions rather than by oil wealth? These institutions, which have predated oil discoveries, have shaped economic incentives that affect how oil revenue is collected and used, and in

Where Next for Syria?

February 16, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, International Relations, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By James Denselow The conflict in Syria has been going on for almost six years and despite events in Aleppo would appear to have the potential to go on for even longer. This piece examines the state of play in the country and examines the current trends

Managing Human and Intellectual Capital for Sustaining African Organisations

February 1, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & Africa, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Hamid H. Kazeroony, Yvonne du Plessis, Bill Buenar Puplampu In this article, the authors examine the needs of African organisations for human and intellectual capital and suggest how they should work with governments and the educational system to acquire,

The Economy of Dubai

January 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & AfricaComments (1)

By Raimundo Soto The success of Dubai in using resource rents for economic development and higher welfare, nevertheless, does not rule out the fact that some of the symptoms of the resource curse are present. There are three important weaknesses in the

How the Rand Exchange Rate Volatility Affects the South African Economy?

December 1, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital Markets, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Matthew Kofi Ocran While the South African rand has historically been characterised with high volatilities, the recent levels of gyrations of the currency, particularly against the US dollar has been quite unprecedented. How does this volatility affect

Becoming Better Positioned to Lead the Africa Growth Story

October 14, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Zipho Sikhakhane Africa remains an attractive investment region for the global investor. The businesses that will reap the most benefit from the “Africa rising era” are the ones who can localise effectively and can capitalise on intra-Africa trade.

Implications of Islamic Finance in Africa’s Socio-Economic Development

October 7, 2016 • FINANCE & BANKING, Governance & Regulation, Middle East & Africa, Responsible FinanceComments (0)

By Basheer Oshodi Africa, a continent which still feels the scars of slave trade, the wounds of colonialism and apartheid, the disaster of neo-liberalisation, and the proliferating neo-patrimonial governance structure. With unblemished evidence that the IMF

Assad’s Death Warrant

September 19, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Americas, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Mike Whitney The conflict in Syria is not a war in the conventional sense of the word. It is a regime change operation where the main driver of the conflict is the country that’s toppled more than 50 sovereign governments since the end of World War 2,