COP28 talks to save the planet could fall at first fence as oil producers and some rich countries call only for “phase down” of fossil fuels.

Ben Aris in Berlin December 2, 2023

The COP28 talks in Dubai to save the planet from a climate catastrophe look like they are going to fall at the first fence as the oil lobby and some big economies push for a “phasing down” of fossil fuels, rather than the “phasing out”.

Saudi Arabia hosts kingdom's first Africa summit, to boost ties, promote stability

bne IntelliNews November 13, 2023

Saudi Arabia is hosting its first ever Africa Summit, underscoring Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MbS) growing focus on African affairs.

IMF: China’s slowdown will hit sub-Saharan growth

Hany Abdel-Latif of IMF, Michele Fornino of IMF November 10, 2023

China has forged deep economic ties with countries in sub-Saharan Africa over the past 20 years, making it the region's largest single country trading partner so China's economic slowdown will hurt Africa.

RISK ADVISORY: Changing Sonangol – can Angola finish what it started?

Laura Seara Cabeça and Duarte Tavares da Silva August 29, 2023

After a promising start, President João Lourenço’s ambitious plan to reform Angola’s state oil company Sonangol appears to have ground to a halt.

Wheat, rice and El Niño: food security warning lights are flashing red

Ben Aris in Berlin August 1, 2023

Russia’s exit from the Black Sea grain initiative, India’s ban on rice exports and a “strong” El Niño expected in the second half of this year mean the global food security warning lights have started to flash red.