Trade between Africa and the United Arab Emirates goes back hundreds of years and there are strong enduring cultural ties, especially with the East coast of Africa. In more modern times, other international players have had greater economic infuence in the continent but over the last decade, the UAE has come roaring back and is likely to become one of Africa’s most important trading and investment partners. In this Special Report, our correspondent in Dubai, Heba Hashem examines the current business links between Africa and the UAE and how these are projected to increase in the near future.
Sub-Saharan Africa, unlike its North African coastal neighbours, has been behind in the curve in exploiting its natural power resources. But governments have woken up to the renewable energy potential – and this, coupled with an increase in international investment, is fuelling a renewable energy revolution to exploit the continent’s solar, wind, geothermal and biomass resource south of the Sahara. Report by Associate Editor Neil Ford.