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Ethiopia surpasses Kenya to become east Africa’s top economic giant
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Politics and Society Ethiopia surpasses Kenya to become east Africa’s top economic giant

Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya to become east Africa’s top economic giant. According to data from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Ethiopia’s annual economic output, (Gross Domestic Product – GDP), hit $72.52 billion (Sh7.4 trillion) last year from $64.68 billion in 2015 and is expected to touch $78.3 billion this year. Ethiopia opened a Sh3 billion gap against former leader Kenya to make it east Africa’s top economic giant. Ethiopia’s growth has been attributed to public-led spending on infrastructure and a robust domestic demand.

Talent galore: Plenty to be positive about Africa’s future if you know where to look
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Politics and Society Talent galore: Plenty to be positive about Africa’s future if you know where to look

Troubling headlines from South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya are putting a dent in the “Africa rising” narrative. So, is Africa reeling or rising? George Issaias, a seasoned talent manager in Africa, says there is no cause for panic. He argues there are plenty of reasons to feel positive about the continent’s future. You just have to know where to look.

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Politics and Society The Post-Internet Economy

The falling price of Internet data and the rise in smartphone use in Africa have opened the door to what is called the Internet Economy. This refers to business done through markets that have infrastructure based on the Internet. Osarumen Osamuyi examines the effects and the potential this has to change the African economy

South Africa: Mayor bans officials from travelling business and first class in tough austerity drive
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Politics and Society South Africa: Mayor bans officials from travelling business and first class in tough austerity drive

The new mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay municipality in South Africa has banned public officials under his leadership from flying business and first class during domestic duties. The Mayor, Athol Trollip says officials will now travel in economy class to save funds, which will be redirected towards improvement of service delivery and growing the economy to create jobs.