Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Puntland’s growing importance, a destabilising factor for Somalia

    February 28, 2018

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s blacklisting of local businessman Mohamed Mire Ali Yusuf and his business ventures – Liiban Trading and Al-Mutafaq Commercial Company – this month was the latest evidence of Washington’s growing anti-terrorist interventions in Somalia. According to the U.S. Treasury, Mire Ali and his businesses have assisted, sponsored, or otherwise financed Islamic State in Somalia (ISS) through his business activities in the port city of Bosaso in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland. The group is led by Abdul Qadir Mumin, a veteran Islamist fighter who defected from Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen a few years ago.

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  • The implications of South Africa’s water crisis

    February 23, 2018

    South Africa faces a water crisis caused by years of drought and poor water management, affecting everything from social relations to wine production. Allan & Associates considers the short- and medium-term implications for businesses and travel to the country.

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  • Nigeria powers on, but will it take off?

    February 2, 2018

    Nigeria’s geopolitical and socio-economic outlooks, while improving, are far from ideal. While the economy is growing again, long-running issues relating to security, corruption and infrastructure constraints continue to hamper business activity. Presidential and legislative elections in 2019 will increase political ambitions and competition in the next year which will create further challenges. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is frail and has not yet disclosed if he will seek a second term, is likely to be assessed on several of these issues, which he campaigned on in 2015.

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  • The criminal and political risks of digital currencies

    January 30, 2018

    Digital currencies have attracted the attention of everyone from government regulators and major businesses through to organised crime syndicates and rogue states, bringing criminal and political risks.

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  • 2018 Global Risk Forecast – Sub-Saharan Africa

    January 5, 2018

    Several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are holding presidential or general elections in 2018, many of which will be key for the regional and global economies.

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