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Tutwa special focus: Africa | March 2019


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Dear reader,

Welcome to the March edition of the Tutwa Newsletter, with a special focus on Africa. It is our intention to give you a rich, dispassionate analysis of the events on our continent. We always try to avoid a linear perspective, according to which the narrative is Africa: an unstoppable rise or unmitigated failure?

No continent is homogeneous, and every continent has its own challenges and vicissitudes. It is well to remember that there are many nuances in the evolution of the African story. We sometimes forget that Africa is not a country. It is a vast continent with diverse cultures, institutions, and political system. There is, on the whole, a positive foreboding about the continent’s future potential and what it can achieve if it gets its act together or if some of the leading countries could have a demonstration effect in how they manage their institutions and the economy. There have, however, been mixed developments in the recent past.

In previous newsletter editions, we reflected on some of the positive stories such as the successfully concluded elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this edition of the newsletter, we again take a cold eye assessment of developments in Kenya in Anna Ngarachu’s Reflection on the country’s trade and investment climate. Azwimpheleli Langalanga considers the losses Mozambique has recently endured in Cyclone Idai leaves a trail of destruction in Mozambique. Our regular update on developments related to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by Faith is supplemented this month by an article from Tutwa Consulting Managing Director Lesley Wentworth in Business and the AfCFTA.

As always, we look forward to your feedback and comments. Please write to us at info@tutwaconsulting.com

Searching for spots on the Kenyan black leopard: Reflecting on the country’s trade and investment climate

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Author: Anna Ngarachu
When there was a documented rare sighting of a black leopard, dubbed “Black Panther” in Laikipia, Kenya, in 2018, this was perceived by many as something of a wonder. The sighting of a black panther could also be read as signifying some special attributes of the Kenyan economy, and that the country holds certain unique advantages. This brief takes a …
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Cyclone Idai leaves a trail of destruction in Mozambique as the country’s economy grapples with the mission billions of dollars

Author: Azwimpheleli Langalanga
Mozambique has just been hit by cyclone Idai and more than a thousand people reportedly having lost their lives. President Filipe Nyusi recently indicated that the damage of Cyclone Idai is still to be quantified. These tragic events revealed Mozambique’s underbelly: weak infrastructure and under-preparedness to deal with natural disasters of this magnitude. Mozambique’s development has been frozen in time …
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Business and the AfCFTA

Author: Lesley Wentworth
To date, 52 African Union (AU) Member States have signed the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA, and 19 have ratified the Agreement. The AfCFTA Agreement is a framework agreement, covering Trade in Goods and Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights and Competition Policy. The Protocols on Trade in Goods, Trade in Services, Investment, Intellectual Property Rights, and Competition Policy, as well as …
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African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): Status Update for Business Stakeholders and the Private Sector

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