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Report | The Report: Cote d'Ivoire 2015

A heavyweight within the West African Economic and Monetary Union, accounting for 35% of the eight-member region’s GDP, Côte d’Ivoire’s growth is a bellwether for Francophone West Africa. An ambitious government spending programme and a range of pro-business reforms are set to boost economic activity going forward.

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Economic update | Ghana tackles power crisis

26 Mar 2015

An ambitious programme to hike electricity generation has been launched in Ghana to help alleviate the frequency of blackouts, with a particular focus on expanding the role of the private sector.  

Economic update | Premières licences 4G au Maroc

26 Mar 2015

Les trois principaux opérateurs de téléphonie mobile du Maroc ont remporté des licences leur permettant de commercialiser des services 4G, ce qui ouvre la porte à de nouveaux flux de recette cruciaux pour un secteur proche de la saturation en termes de nombre d’abonnés.

Economic update | Nigeria’s film industry steps out of the shadows

26 Mar 2015

The contributions of Nigeria’s film industry, the second-largest in the world in terms of number of films produced, to the national economy have become clearer after the rebasing of the country’s GDP last year. 

Economic update | Jordan’s sukuk market looking set for take-off

25 Mar 2015

The Islamic debt market in Jordan is set to capitalise on growing worldwide interest in sukuk (sharia-compliant bonds) after long-awaited regulations allowing banks to issue and buy the financial instrument have been put in place, paving the way for a sovereign issuance.

Economic update | Malaysia’s Petronas seizes bond opportunity

25 Mar 2015

State-owned energy firm Petronas has returned to Malaysia’s capital markets for the first time since 2009 with what is expected to be the first of several issues aimed at boosting its fiscal reserves.

Economic update | Kenya flies high with airport expansions

24 Mar 2015

A number of capital upgrades at Kenya’s airports this year should help improve passenger capacity and airline access, increasing the country’s ability to handle more traffic every year.