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South Africa: the ANC short of a parliamentary majority

South Africa: the ANC short of a parliamentary majority

Millions of South Africans went to the polls at the end of the month. It was a big turnout and this general election in one of Africa’s largest economies was labelled historic for what was at stake: the possibility that the ANC, Nelson Mandela's Party, would lose the majority and be forced into a coalition government. To talk about the election results and their consequences, Professor Sam Koma, Director of school of Economics and Management, Limpopo University joined us from South Africa.

Developing the rice sector in Cameroon

Developing the rice sector in Cameroon

The impact of climate change on agricultural production is becoming increasingly apparent, affecting almost all commodities. Rice is no exception, facing export restrictions from India and drought fears linked to El Niño in East Asia, leading to record-high prices. Despite this inflation, countries like Cameroon are still compelled to import rice to satisfy growing demand. Recently, local producers have started to develop a domestic industry.

DRC: fighting customs fraud

DRC: fighting customs fraud

Since 2019, several ECOWAS countries have adopted an interconnected system, SIGMAT, aiming to facilitate goods transportation while combating fraud. Last year, Ghana, Senegal, Guinea, and Mali joined, following Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, and Togo. The main challenge now is to raise awareness in other African regions. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), authorities are actively fighting fraud. Daniel Michombero, our correspondent, visited North Kivu, a key contributor to the state budget, to interview economic stakeholders.

A summit for the cocoa sector in crisis

A summit for the cocoa sector in crisis

The international cocoa conference in Brussels from April 21 to 24, 2024, occurred in a complex context marked by a significant production deficit caused by unfavourable weather conditions and the spread of cocoa tree brown rot. The strong demand from chocolate manufacturers has led to an increase in future prices. This situation presents challenges and opportunities for Africa, which accounts for 50% of the global market thanks to key producers such as Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.

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