A New Field of Economics Is Emerging Out of Zimbabwe’s Rogue Currency Crisis

A New Field of Economics Is Emerging Out of Zimbabwe’s Rogue Currency Crisis   After defying economic gravity for a year, Zimbabwe‘s homemade US dollars have fallen to earth with a bump. Rumours the central bank was buying up black market US dollars last month with one of its own versions of the currency created panic in a country…

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  Africa’s data revolution: Accelerating development through data-driven decision-making   5TH OCTOBER 2017 BY: IN ON AFRICA IOA It is essential that Africa’s data revolution be viewed as the joint responsibility of governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector. Good quality data enables forward thinking and informed decision-making – both of which are critical in…

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South Africa Has Become a Den of Corruption

Corporate reputations are shredded because of ‘state capture’ by private interests David Pilling Bell Pottinger. SAP. KPMG. McKinsey. Each has become sucked into the reputational whirlpool otherwise known as Jacob Zuma’s South Africa. Each has been spat out in varying degrees of dishevelment. Bell Pottinger, the UK public relations company, went into administration after running…

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French Major, Total is Exacerbating Intra-Regional Rivalry in East Africa at Its Peril

From BUSINESS 05 September 2017 Total’s power play in east Africa By LUKE ANTHONY PATEY Four years ago, in a villa on a bumpy, rust-colored road in South Sudan’s capital Juba, a manager of the French oil major Total SA (ADR; NYSE: TOT) rolled out a map of east Africa and shared a vision for the region’s oil future. At…

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A New Generation of Giant Chinese Oil Firms Might Displace the Stars That Made China Premier Oil Buyer

  A New Generation of Giant Chinese Oil Firms Set to Displace the Stars That Made China Premier Oil Buyer by  Bloomberg | Alfred Cang & Serene Cheong | Monday, October 02, 2017 A new generation of firms building some of the globe’s biggest plants are threatening to eclipse China’s independent refiners. (Bloomberg) — China’s…

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Recurring Threats to Libya’s Giant Sharara Oilfield and Impacts on OPEC Production-Cuts

  Libya’s giant Sharara oilfield closed as gunmen press demands Reuters  OCTOBER 2, 2017 TRIPOLI (Reuters) – An armed group forced Libya’s giant Sharara oilfield to close late on Sunday, shutting off production of more than 230,000 barrels per day (bpd), the head of the state oil company said. Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared…

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The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018

    The Global Competitiveness Report 2017–2018 2ND OCTOBER 2017 Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the prospects for a sustained economic recovery remain at risk due to a widespread failure on the part of leaders and policy-makers to put in place reforms necessary to underpin competitiveness and bring about much-needed increases in productivity, according…

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A New Challenge to the Dollar by China’s Yuan You Didn’t Notice

By creating a domestic oil contract denominated in Yuan and traded internationally, China will be able, potentially, to divert the petrodollars now held by oil-producing countries towards its Yuan, thus eroding much of the current crucial support enjoyed by the U.S. dollar. Many Americans are blissfully unaware that through the power of the printing press…

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Improvements in the Fortunes of South Africa’s Mining Industry Mask Huge Challenges — PwC

Improvements in the Fortunes of South Africa’s Mining Industry Mask Huge Challenges — PwC Cecilia Jamasmie A strong price recovery for the main commodities South Africa mines and exports has helped the country’s sector stage a turnaround in 2017, the first time in five years the industry is back in the black, a report shows.…

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IBM Now Has More Employees in India Than in the U.S.

  IBM Now Has More Employees in India Than in the U.S. IBM has shifted its center of gravity halfway around the world to India, making it a high-tech example of the globalization trends that the Trump administration has railed against. By VINDU GOEL SEPT. 28, 2017 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/28/technology/ibm-india.html?emc=edit_th_20171001&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=41594720   BANGALORE, India — IBM (NYSE: IBM) dominated the…

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