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8 months

What Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mining Reform Means for Africa

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has undertaken a bold reform in its mining sector. This month, DRC’s its president Joseph Kabila signed into law a new mining code that increases royalties and taxes that mining companies pay. This happened even in the face of strong objections from international mining companies operating in DRC: Glencore, Randgold, China Molybdenum and Ivanhoe.

8 months

UK Facing Strong Headwinds

Can the EU affordto be tough over Ireland? 

9 months

Crops or Carats? The Unattended Tensions between Miners and Farmers

The interaction between artisanal (small scale) mining and agriculture in Africa still needs to be carefully considered by policy makers to ensure that people’s livelihoods and countries’ export revenues aren’t threatened. It’s also important that the relationship between the two sectors is optimised to mutual benefit.

9 months

Can Mining and Agriculture Go Together?

The interaction between artisanal (small scale) mining and agriculture in Africa still needs to be carefully considered by policy makers to ensure that people’s livelihoods and countries' export revenues aren’t threatened. It’s also important that the relationship between the two sectors is optimised to mutual benefit.

9 months

Africa is Growing, but is it Rising?

The truth is that Africa is growing. Things look promising for the continent. The World Bank, in its 2018 Global Economic Prospects, says 6 of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies will be in Africa. This is good news. It probably firms up the narrative that Africa has moved from a ‘hopeless continent’ to a ‘hopeful continent’.

10 months

Along Came Donald!

Kennedy, Johnson, (Nixon), Ford, Carter,  Reagan, Bush Clinton, Bush, Obama, then, Trump. What would the great political interviewers of the past made of Donald Trump? I doubt many would have risked interviewing him for fear of being arrested (or worse).

11 months

A Brexit Carol

Theresa May may have been a little confused when she received a round of applause from the remaining twenty-seven members of the EU in Brussels last evening. It appeared to me akin to the polite applause that is given on a reality TV show when the gallant loser is sent home.

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