Investors are showing growing interest in Africa as a textile manufacturing location. Low wages, steady growth and youthful populations are among the reasons companies are looking towards the continent.
What's the trend in purchasing power in Mali or the birth rate in Chad? Quite often it's tough to find reliable statistical data for African countries. Experts lament the lack of hard numbers and call for an urgent fix.
Many German businesses are reluctant to invest in Africa. But a new African business index might help build trust and foster better business relations.
An Africa investment summit in Berlin has begun with Chancellor Angela Merkel insisting the continent has an "important role," offering "more chances than risks." But German industry wants "better" credit guarantees.
Africa's new free trade deal is a building block in its plan to achieve prosperity and unity. Yet stumbling blocks in the form of border and trade disputes make a borderless continent seem decades away.
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