The IMF predicts growth in sub-Saharan Africa will fall to 1.4% in 2016 mainly due to declining commodity prices.
Companies cut back on new developments and re-focus on profitable production in a response to the continued slump.
Kenya recently hosted the biggest ever destruction of an ivory stockpile, but questions remain as to whether the spectacle can help save the elephants.
Big falls in the price of uranium have hit the economies of producing countries hard, but forecasts for future demand still provide some cause for optimism.
Local miners in Obuasi are feeling the pain of falling prices, as the country looks to re-energise its lucrative mining sector.
Weakening demand for commodities and a record low oil price could threaten growth, requiring economic diversification.
Liquefied natural gas projects look likely to come on stream across East Africa after delays.
Glencore is committed to mining in Africa despite its recent decision to mothball operations in Zambia and the DRC, according to chief executive Ivan Glasenberg.
The future of the industry depends on the outcome of a shaky détente between government and mining houses following months of acrimony.
The Anglo-Swiss giant said that it would place two subsidiaries under supervision after Eskom refused to renegotiate a supply deal signed in 1993.