Trade between the African and Arab countries bordering the Red Sea has been negligible until now. However, there has been a recent upsurge of activity and a great deal more can be done to promote links.
As 2017 draws to a close, the economic situation of most African countries is improving, but for some, the debt burden looks increasingly unsustainable.
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to recover to 2.6% in 2017, up from 1.4% last year, according to the International Monetary Fund.
A satellite channel offering international programming dubbed into Amharic is revolutionising Ethiopian television.
African foreign investment projects fell by 12.3% in 2016, despite growth in real estate and transport financing.
Africa’s energy policy remains weak compared to other parts of the world, according to the World Bank.
Sub-Saharan African countries were leading the way in reforms to improve business climate in 2016, World Bank says
The IMF predicts growth in sub-Saharan Africa will fall to 1.4% in 2016 mainly due to declining commodity prices.