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Jumia has tripled in value within one week. We look at why.

Jumia’s IPO saw its share price rose by 75% on Day 1. Shares were priced at $14.50 before the IPO. Five days later they are trading at $43, valuing the business at more than $3bn. What are the company’s prospects …

Remittances to Africa rose by 11.7% to $86bn in 2018

If remittances to Africa were an economy, they would be the 6th largest in Africa, ahead of Kenya in the rankings. Within Africa, the largest recipient of remittances is Egypt ($29bn) – equivalent to almost 12% of its GDP. Note – …
AfCFTA Ratified

The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement is set to come into force

The Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has now been ratified by 22 countries, meeting its minimum threshold to come into force. It will create the world’s largest free trade zone, covering 1.2bn people and a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion. …
Plastic bag ban

Somalia’s Al-Shabaab jihadist militant group bans plastic bags

The Al-Shabaab jihadist militant group, which controls large parts of rural Somalia, has banned disposable plastic bags, in an official announcement made on its radio station Radio Andalus. Al-Shabaab, which is more widely known for its hardline islamist views and deadly …