29
APR
2016

SOUTH AFRICA NEWS UPDATE – 29 APRIL 2016

Addressing crowds in Limpopo on 27 April, the anniversary of South Africa’s first post apartheid elections (also known as Freedom Day), President Jacob Zuma (“Zuma”) accused rival politicians of compromising the hard earned freedoms achieved by South Africans in 1994. He...
28
APR
2016

GHANA NEWS UPDATE – 29 APRIL 2016

Ghana’s second Millennium Challenge Compact (a direct United States Government good governance and economic assistance initiative) will commence in June 2016 according to the United States Ambassador in an announcement to policymakers. The US$497.5 million compact comes at a...
21
APR
2016

NIGERIA NEWS UPDATE – 21 APRIL 2016

Nigeria’s budget deficit this year stands at US$11 billion, and the Government is looking at an array of options to finance this bulging fiscal gap. President Buhari’s four day visit to China on 12 April is part of an ongoing binary strategy to secure support for Nigeria, whilst...
14
APR
2016

ZAMBIA NEWS UPDATE – 14 APRIL 2016

On 13 April, Zambia’s Kwacha reached 9.5 to the U.S. dollar, supported by rising prices of the country’s main export, copper. This is the latest in a series of rises this month and should help alleviate cost push inflation, which slowed to 22.2 percent in March. The currency...
12
APR
2016

KENYA NEWS UPDATE – 12 APRIL 2016

President Uhuru Kenyatta (“President Kenyatta”) has recently completed his six day tour of France and Germany to deepen bilateral relations with the two countries. Security was a particularly important part of the discussions between President Kenyatta and his counterparts,...
05
APR
2016

TANZANIA NEWS UPDATE – 5 APRIL 2016

The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (“CCM”) party won the Zanzibar election re-run on Sunday, 20 March, with a historic 91.4 percent victory. The Zanzibar Electoral Commission declared incumbent Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein (“Dr. Shein”) winner of the presidential poll on the semi-autonomous...