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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa's economic growth in 2016 was driven by East Africa

While the continent’s major economies were hit by the fall in commodity prices in 2016, Africa retained its position as the second-fastest growing continent globally recording an average of 2.2% GDP growth.

Carole Wamuyu Wainaina, incoming COO, Africa50 Infrastructure Fund

Carole Wamuyu Wainaina is Named Chief Operating Officer for Africa50

Africa50, the pan-African infrastructure investment platform capitalized by the African Development Bank, 23 African countries, and two African Central Banks, has appointed Carole Wamuyu Wainaina as Chief Operating Officer.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

The Economist explains: The demand for Nigerian debt

Nigeria’s economy shrank by 1.5% in 2016, its first annual contraction in 25 years.

Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

Harvard Business School Interview: In My Humble Opinion by Arunma Oteh, Vice President and Treasurer, World Bank; former Director General of Nigeria's SEC

World Bank VP and Treasurer Arunma Oteh (Harvard MBA, 1990) has a clear sense of why she likes her job.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank. Credit: WSJ

The five keys to a more prosperous Africa: Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, lays out his vision for economic growth and a better life for Africans.

A Protea Hotels location now owned by Marriott International

Why Marriott's Expansion in Africa Could Mean Long-Term Gains

Marriott opened its first property in sub-Saharan Africa, the 254-room Kigali Marriott in Rwanda, in early October.

Africa’s rising middle class – and why it matters. Credit: newafricanmagazine.com

Africa's rising middle class - and why it matters

According to the African Development Bank (AfDB), as far back as 2011 there were already 313 million people – or 34 per cent of the continent’s total population – that could be referred to as middle class.

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

Here are 7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

It has long been known that e-health has tremendous potential to make the delivery of healthcare in Africa more efficient. It is now becoming clear that this will be in the diagnostics space.

Ghana’s President-Elect, Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana's new president: Jobs, jobs, jobs

Nana Akufo-Addo, the 72-year-old leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was elected Ghana’s president on December 9 by a margin of 1 million votes.

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya Plans First Nuclear Power Plant at $5 Billion Cost

Kenya plans to begin constructing its first nuclear power plant at a cost of $5 billion by 2021 as the country seeks to bring down the cost of electricity.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The rise of Africa's megacities

Over the last 35 years, the share of Africa’s population living in urban areas climbed from 27% to 40%.

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director General, Pension Commission of Nigeria (Pencom)

Africa still attractive to investors, says PenCom Head Chinelo Anohu-Amazu

Portfolio flows into Africa may be falling but this marks a readjustment in the way investors interact with the continent, says Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Head of Nigeria’s National Pension Committee (PenCom).

There's still room for growth. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

The "Africa Rising" story isn't over yet, despite China's slowdown and flagging growth in Nigeria and South Africa

The idea that African economies are on the way up first became popular around 2010, buoyed by a commodities boom and improved governance across the continent. Now, with flat commodity prices and slowing demand from China, the narrative of “Africa Rising” has mostly fallen out of fashion.

Akinwumi Adesina, President, AfDB

African economies are through the worst of downturn, says AfDB President Adesina

African economies are probably through the worst of their downturns and growth should accelerate next year, driven by investments in infrastructure and attempts to diversify from commodities, according to the African Development Bank.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast: Tech Hub on the Rise

Following years of political turmoil, Côte d’Ivoire is growing quickly and attracting investment. Now, the government is trying to position the country as west Africa’s technology and start-up hub.

Real GDP Growth Rates (2007 - 2017) of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart)

Real GDP Growth Rates (2007 - 2017) of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart)

Visualizations of Real GDP Growth Rates of Countries in Africa (Interactive Map & Chart) from 2007 – 2017.

Deepak Malik, Africa Regional Director, Norfund

Norway-Backed Fund on Hiring Spree in Africa Finance Venture

A new development-finance venture that will control banking and other assets worth more than $660 million across sub-Saharan Africa plans to hire as many as 20 people including analysts to manage its investments and help it spend another $300 million on acquisitions.

Ada Osakwe, Founder & CEO, Agrolay Ventures

How I moved from the public sector to the private sector: Ada Osakwe, Founder & CEO, Agrolay Ventures

I have a first-class degree in Economics from the University of Hull, UK. I have a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick, UK, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA.

Africa - The great opportunity

Africa: The great opportunity

Africa is rapidly becoming the global economic growth engine. Half of the world’s 25 fastest-growing nations are in Africa and almost 40 per cent of the continent will achieve GDP growth of more than 5 per cent in 2016.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. By 2018, a cross-continent passport may be available to all African citizens. Photograph: Alamy

As the UK shuts itself off from Europe, the African Union rolls out a passport for the continent's 54 countries

This weekend the African Union unveiled an e-passport that will hopefully be available to all citizens of member states by 2018.

Here are 7 predictions for Africa's tech sector

Here are 7 predictions for Africa's tech sector

As Africa transitions from the margins to the mainstream of the global economy, technology is playing an increasingly significant role.

Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Eric Nathan/Alamy

A New Map for Business in Africa

Only a few years ago, Africa was being dubbed “the next Asia,” and multinationals watched with mounting interest as local economies boomed across the continent.

Uber Nigeria

Nigeria leads the way promoting ridesharing in Africa: Ebi Atawodi, General Manager, Uber West Africa

At the start of the last century, just one in seven people worldwide lived in cities. Today, it’s half and the UN predicts that by 2050, another 2.5 billion people will be living in urban areas.

Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group. Credit: thenational.ae

GE, Mara Group & Atlas Merchant Capital partner to invest in infrastructure across Africa

General Electric Africa (GE), Mara Group and Atlas Merchant Capital have partnered to help address infrastructure challenges in Africa through investments in equity projects.

Tope Lawani, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Helios Investment Partners

Pan-African private equity firm Helios completes deal to acquire UK's Crown Agents

Helios, the pan-African investment firm, is set to deliver a postcolonial turnround with a deal for key divisions of Crown Agents — a company which was once a pillar of the British empire.

Abdul-Nashiru Issahuku, newly-appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana. Credit: theafricareport.com

Abdul-Nashiru Issahuku appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana

Abdul-Nashiru Issahuku has been appointed the next Governor of Ghana’s central bank, the Bank of Ghana (BoG).

Flight attendants serve beverages aboard an Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner on a flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Intra-African travel is about to become easier, safer and more open

Intra-African travel — which is critical to unlocking the region’s tourism potential — is set to become easier, safer and more open.

Lagos, Nigeria

There is much to like in Nigeria, says RenCap's Chief Economist Charles Robertson

We have always maintained that Nigeria’s future does not lie with oil, and are encouraged by the high quality government team that is pushing hard for diversification.

Akinwumi Adesina, President, AfDB

Africa growth stays strong even as China slumps: Akinwumi Adesina, President, AfDB

Strong investment flows to Africa will sustain high economic growth on the continent even amid low oil prices and a slowdown in China, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina said.

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria

Nigeria seeks $3.5B in loans from World Bank & AfDB

Nigeria’s government is in talks for concessionary loans worth $3.5 billion from the World Bank and African Development Bank to help finance a planned record budget this year, Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun said.

A resort in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Tourism in Africa: On the rise but has not at its full potential

For the third year running, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has published the Africa Tourism Monitor, an annual report on the tourism industry in Africa.

The Africa Investment Report 2015 - fDi Intelligence

The Africa Investment Report 2015 - An FDI destination on the rise: fDi Intelligence/This is Africa (Report)

The narrative of Africa as a continent on the rise over the past decade stands in contrast to a global economy that has been battered by anemic developed market growth following the 2009 financial crisis. Africa’s rapidly growing economies stand out from the crowd.

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director-General, Nigeria's National Pension Commission (PenCom)

Mend the gap: Fixing Nigeria's $300B infrastructure deficit: Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director-General, PenCom

In Nigeria, pensions and infrastructure development are not often mentioned in the same sentence, but this week as Africa’s finance and pension industry leaders gather in Nigeria for the second edition of the World Pension Summit: Africa Special, the focus will be on how the nation’s growing pool of pension funds can be mobilised to drive sustainable development.

Here are 17 facts about Africa you might not know

Here are 17 facts about Africa you might not know

Here are some key facts and figures, courtesy of the Indo Asian News Service (IANS), about a continent that is not only one of the fastest growing regions of the world but one that is economically, culturally and linguistically diverse.

Nancy Kacungira, New Anchor, KTN

Why I cannot tell 'the African story': Nancy Kacungira, News Anchor, KTN (Infographic)

Ugandan TV journalist Nancy Kacungira has won the first BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa-based journalists.

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Concrete strides: Sub-Saharan Africa's infrastructure potential

For this West African city of more than 4.7 million people, the bridge to a better economy starts with an actual bridge.

Kenya's Lake Turkana Wind Power Project

Google to Buy Into Africa's Largest Wind Farm in Northern Kenya

Google Inc. will acquire a stake in Africa’s largest wind farm once the facility is completed in Kenya in 2017.

Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast

President Alassane Ouattara sees transformative potential in Ivory Coast's economic comeback

President Alassane Ouattara sees transformative potential in Ivory Coast’s economic comeback — not just for his country, but also for the largely untapped and underserved west African market of more than 300m.

Compelling investment markets in Africa. Credit: sc.com

Compelling investment markets in Africa - Inside Riscura's Bright Africa 2015 Report: Debbie O’Hanlon, Senior Analyst, RisCura (Infographics)

Africa is not a single investment destination with a single set of standardized risk factors and homogenous potential for reward.

African Development Bank closes $200M for first renewable energy fund dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa.

African Development Bank closes $200M for first renewable energy fund dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), a dedicated renewable energy fund focused on sub-Saharan Africa, announced during the African Development Bank’s “Energy Week” that it successfully reached its final close at its hard cap of $200 million of committed capital.

Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank (AfDB)

New African Development Bank President Adesina looking to mobilize $55B for energy projects on the continent

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, who took over this month, said he’s aiming to eliminate Africa’s energy deficit by 2025 by mobilizing $55 billion of investment.

African Development Bank announces expansion of its African Bond Index

African Development Bank announces expansion of its African Bond Index

The African Development Bank (AfDB) through the African Financial Markets Initiative (AFMI) launched its AfDB/ AFMISM Bloomberg® African Bond Index (ABABI) in February 2015.