As in other sectors, Africa is slowly but surely winning the war against disease and ill health but there is still a very long way to go. While scourges like malaria have declined by about a third and the battle against HI V/Aids is gradually being won, too many people continue to die from preventable illnesses and new threats, such as high blood pressure, are making their mark. The most encouraging trend has been that the cost of drugs has been declining as Africa turns increasingly towards generic drugs and local production. Pharmaceutical spending is expected to reach $40bn by 2020, making Africa an attractive proposition for both local and foreign investment. The question is: how can local producers carve out a larger slice of the growing pharmaceutical market as the continent continues its march towards a healthier Africa? Report by Neil Ford.View Special Report
While there is some debat over the extent and depth of Africa's economic expansion, there is little doubt that the continent's construction sector is enjoying something of a boom. The sheer number of building sites in Accra, Lagos, Nairobi and Luanda is creating much-needed employment, housing and business premises. A variety of innovative projects are under development and while some of them will undoubtedly prove unsucessful, it is heartening that so much of this enterprise is coming from African firms, as well as foreign compagnies attracted by rising property prices in so many African countries. Report by Neil Ford.View Special Report
It never seems to be plain sailing for the African oil and gas industry. At a time when the number of oil-producing states on the continent has never been higher, conflict in Mali and Algeria
has generated unwelcome bad publicity for the sector. Yet the number of success stories clearly outweighs the few setbacks and upstream firms know better than to view the continent as a homogenous whole. Within the industry, excitement is greatest over gas projects in Eastern Africa that could push exploration in frontier acreage to new heights.
Africa's oil and gas industry has never looked healthier than it is at present and now that a barrel price of $100 has become commonplace, even small production volumes can become lucrative.
Phenomenal growth in Africa's information and communications technology sector is rapidly changing the continent's macroeconomic landscape.
After an interval of two years the Mo Ibrahim Foundation named Pedro Pires as the third winner of the African Leadership Prize. This extended feature takes a close look at both the Leadership Prize and the Index.
While all the focus has been on China's overwhelming presence in Africa, India has been pushing its own case. Here we analyse this special relationship and find out who exactly is benefiting.