As protectionist policies prevail in many global economies, Courtney Fingar provides a timely reminder that the world is getting smaller in other ways, as shown by the rise to prominence of tourism in recent years.
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'Africa's potential' remains a talking point at investment conferences all over the world. But the talk has to be backed with action, says Courtney Fingar, and with comprehensive data now available to guide would-be investors through the continent, Africa need no longer be off limits.
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