The Africa Report n°86 december 2016 - January 2017
WHAT LIES AHEAD
We look at what lies ahead for Africa in 2017, from technological game-changers to key leadership shifts
in South Africa, the DRC and Kenya. We consider economic recovery, elections and polarized polls and
look at Trumps impact on Africa and the economic links between Africa and Asia.
Nigerian politicians love to quote from the epic poetry of the Greeks and Romans to convey their heroic
mission to cure the country’s ills. So we are drawing symbolic parallels between the labours that
Hercules took on and the obstacles facing President Muhammadu Buhari as he tries to stabilise Nigeria.
Zuma has survived a no-confidence motion and a damning report; he and his allies are gearing up to
ensure their chosen successor wins the ANC leadership in a vote planned for December 2017.
EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY
At a time when cracks are showing in some other customs unions, the East African Community is going
from strength to strength. Intraregional trade is booming and joint infrastructure projects under way.
However, deep-rooted concerns about Kenyan dominance continue to plague its rival Tanzania.
WHERE TO INVEST IN 2017
The commodity downturn has knocked the stuffing out of African treasuries and investors alike, but
could this signal an opportunity to diversify? As long as governments work to remove structural
obstacles there is huge productivity to be unleashed in sectors such as agribusiness, manufacturing and tech.
Nigeria’s new minerals tsar is trying to broaden the economy by attracting investment in the country’s
once strong mining sector.
Stiff international headwinds are no cause for panic, says Adesina, who believes most African
economies will return to robust growth next year and plans a more activist role for the Bank.
54 COUNTRY REPORTS
Africa’s diversified economies are enjoying strong growth, while many resource-dependent countries
hurt by low commodity prices and drought face a difficult year ahead. This indispensable guide provides
you with crucial economic and political events across Africa’s 54 countries throughout 2017.
ART & LIFE
A guide to the arts in 2017, including literature, dance, music, film, festivals and travel.