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Ghana leading Africa in governance

(July 10th, 2009)

President Obama makes his first visit today to sub-Saharan Africa, but chose Ghana as his priority country over several others with more prominent business prospects. Gretchen Wilson explores the motivation behind the president’s choice.

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Oil attack puts Nigeria in sticky place

(June 29th, 2009)

Oil prices were dropping until a major militant group in Nigeria said it attacked a Royal Dutch Shell oil platform. Gretchen Wilson reports there are questions about whether Nigeria’s government can quell the violence.

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Tournament a test run for South Africa

(June 24th, 2009)

Today’s Confederations Cup soccer tournament is a priority for South Africa, which will have to deal with the chaos of next year’s World Cup. The trial’s success brings with it a chance for a new face for the continent. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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How Zuma could affect South Africa

(April 21st, 2009)

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is expected to win tomorrow’s election, and some investors worry about the new administration’s economic plans. Steve Chiotakis explores the potential new platform with Gretchen Wilson in Johannesburg.

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U.N. plan helps poor get home loans

(April 3rd, 2009)

A new plan from the United Nations’ housing agency may help the poor get home loans. Gretchen Wilson reports on how the program may work.

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Developing nations still need support

(March 30th, 2009)

As the G20 summit prepares to kick off, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for $1 trillion in support for developing nations. Steve Chiotakis talks to Gretchen Wilson in Johannesburg about why it’s crucial to help them now.

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Food processes slow down Tanzania

(March 2nd, 2009)

In Tanzania, 80% of the population works in agriculture. But high global food prices aren’t exactly helping Tanzanians. Many are still poor because much of their home-grown food goes to waste. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Financial crisis ripples through Africa

(November 12th, 2008)

While Africa is not feeling the effects of the financial crisis the same way as many other countries, it’s still bracing itself for ripple effects such as cooled global demand. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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South African economy feels jitters too

(September 24th, 2008)

The African National Congress has run South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994. But a power struggle among ANC leaders is shaking the nation’s economy. Gretchen Wilson reports from Johannesburg.

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A world of opportunity for South Africa

(August 21st, 2008)

South Africa is busy building up its infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. The tournament will pump about $3 billion into the economy and create about 200,000 jobs. Gretchen Wilson has more.

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