Cameroon’s startups have had trouble finding investment, and this year many were further hampered by the government’s three-month shutdown of the internet in English-speaking regions. Cameroon is hosting a series of meetings around the country to match startups with investors, but entrepreneurs are dubious.
New regulations that restrict trade between the sections of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan and India have created problems for businesspeople who trade fruit and other goods grown on either side. Trade numbers have dramatically lowered at the post, which the traders say hinders connections between family members separated by the border.
Palm oil is a standard ingredient in Congolese kitchens, but it’s also commonly used to make soap. Now, demand is outpacing production – and some families are getting priced out of the nutritional staple.
With China’s strong economic ties to Zimbabwe, study of the language is rising in popularity among students and professionals in the African country. Young people say a command of the language has enabled them to find jobs quickly, but some experts warn that the nation’s economic development has become too reliant on Chinese culture and language.
Many foreign contractors have failed to repair the main road between Butembo and Beni in DRC’s remote Ituri province, after the annual monsoon floods leave it impassable. A construction company owned and operated by Congolese successfully fixed the road this year – but will their repairs withstand the coming monsoon season?
In 2016, Zimbabwe exported $45.5 million in granite, and the country’s black granite is particularly valued. There’s just one problem: Zimbabwe’s miners and mining communities are receiving a pittance of the revenue generated by their natural resource.