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COMMENT: Meeting rising debt obligations

Uganda has favorable debt sustainability rating but current pressures could worsen its servicing position COMMENT | EZRA MUNYABONERA |  During the past 10 years, Uganda has registered a consistent rise in the level of indebtedness. Public debt as a share of GDP has risen from 20 percent in 2006 to …

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COMMENT: Burning Africa’s ivory

Why Africa should not celebrate the ban of   ivory markets even if ending poaching is noble COMMENT | GERALD MBANDA | China, which for decades has been the world’s largest ivory market, is hailed for her recent ban on ivory trade and shutting down more than 150 ivory factories and shops …

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COMMENT: Religiosity and Politicking

A pan Africanist’s comment on the on-going debate between the clergy and Museveni COMMENT | KANT ATEENYI KANYARUSOKE | President Museveni’s year-end address might have rubbed some religious leaders the wrong way. Particularly, Archbishop Kizito Lwanga of Kampala Catholic Archdiocese and Euro-Africa’s David Kayumba were most succinct in their responses. As …

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COMMENT: Making journalism great again

News outlets must set their own agendas, rather than wasting resources on pursuing someone else’s COMMENT | ALEXANDRA BORCHARDT | In the debate over the future of journalism, “fake news” has taken center stage, with storylines featuring a ranting American president, Russian communication “bots,” and betrayal and subterfuge competing for public …

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Unleashing Africa’s inner strengths

Institutions, policies, and champions COMMENT | Paul Kagame | Despite the myriad challenges we still face, over the past two generations our world has become more prosperous and equitable, and also safer. Cooperation among nations has been a foundation of that progress, as well as the best mechanism for sustaining …

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GLOBAL COMMENT: Good times at last?

People are increasingly acknowledging that the global economy is stronger than they thought COMMENT | JIM O’NEILL | In February 2017, I wrote an optimistic commentary called “The Global Economy’s Surprising Resilience.” The piece came as a surprise to those who saw only bleak prospects for Western countries, not least the …

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COMMENT: Return of the newspaper

While 140 characters may have been more appealing than 700-word pieces, brevity is no longer enough COMMENT | BAJINDER PAL SINGH | Social media are no longer the new kid on the block, but in 2016, platforms like Twitter and Facebook looked poised to nudge traditional newspapers into obsolescence. Following President …

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COMMENT: Misery for inflation targeters

Why the misery index has a role to play in assessing the state of an economy and success of policy COMMENT | KOICHI HAMADA | The United States, Europe, and Japan are all making positive economic strides. In the U.S, the unemployment rate is falling, and now stands at just over …

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COMMENT: Uganda’s big dreams, small purse

Why is country mortgaging her future by relying on external borrowing rather than tax revenue? COMMENT | MUSA MAYANJA LWANGA & FLORENCE NAKAZI | In the recent past, owing to Uganda’s many development needs including large infrastructure projects and expanding public administration costs, government expenditure has significantly exceeded revenue collection. This has …

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