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Namibia's quiet progress

Namibia is outperforming its old associate South Africa, with strong growth predicted in 2013 and 2014, but vulnerabilities remain in the country’s economic profile.

South Africa seeks a shift in momentum

South Africa seeks a shift in momentum

Long considered Africa's leading economy, South Africa has struggled to maintain momentum in recent years, leading to rising unemployment and a contracting economy. A renewed emphasis on industrial development zones is seen as one way to preserve the country's regional FDI crown.

Botswana shines brightly

Botswana shines brightly

Political stability and thriving minerals and metals sectors have made Botswana stand out over the past few decades when compared to its southern African neighbours. And while an over-reliance on its diamond trade and worries over power shortages loom large, the country's attractiveness to investors remains strong.

Japan and Myanmar sign a memorandum of co-operation

Free zones: the potential pitfalls

Free zones are often seen as a cure-all remedy to the problems developing economies encounter when trying to attract FDI. However, the reality is that such projects need careful planning and long-term support if they are to fulfil such wishes, as Barbara Njau discovers.

China redefines its role in Africa

China redefines its role in Africa

For more than a decade, China’s involvement in Africa has brought financial gain to both regions. But how will this relationship develop as China looks to shift away from being an export-led economy?

Mexican multinationals on growth trajectory, study reveals

Buoyed by a strong domestic economy, Mexican multinational enterprises made significant gains in foreign markets between 2010 and 2011.

Australia's mining boom is over, says Nexia Australia

A downturn in demand from Asia-Pacific is likely to lead to a slowdown in the previously unabated growth of the Australian mining sector, according to accounting and consultancy firm Nexia Australia.

Maplecroft report highlights political risk hotspots for 2013

Terrorism, conflict and resource nationalism are among the most significant political risks that will face investors in 2013, according to risk analysis company Maplecroft.

Panama finance minister looks to maintain double-digit growth

Panama finance minister looks to maintain double-digit growth

Panama's minister of economy and finance, Frank De Lima, explains how the increased capacity of the Panama Canal, coupled with an influx of investment into the country's mining sector, is offsetting any negative impact of the US recession on its dollarised economy.

Myanmar: open for investment

Myanmar: open for investment

The first draft of Myanmar's new and mostly liberal FDI law was passed recently and the EU and the US are set to ease the economic sanctions put in place while the country was under the previous military regime. But despite these positive steps, Myanmar's infrastructure remains weak and investors there face a number of obstacles.

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