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Author: Mosope Arubayi

Fishing for trouble

The blue economy is at risk and China is a major culprit. China is the kingpin of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF) globally. Although fish do not necessarily observe national maritime boundaries, migratory fish are some of the most economically valuable and are thus extensively targeted. Increasing unlawful fish catches means fewer fish will…
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Making the old, new

Shopping pre-owned is certainly not a new concept. The re-commerce market has evolved from the garage sale image of the past. The trend is booming just like any other re-selling commodities business like vehicles and electronics. There are a few different re-commerce subsets that have exploded in popularity, including thrift, boutique goods, luxury items, and…
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Gangsters’ paradise

One of the dark sides of globalization and technology advancement is the continued expansion of the underground economy. Africa’s initial conditions of weak institutions, poverty, and a population that feels disenfranchised from its government has made it increasingly vulnerable to organized crimes over the years. Reports of political and economic failures tend to overwhelm the…
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Ripple of uncertainty

Cryptocurrencies are drawing more attention – especially from high-profile techies like Elon Musk – than in previous years. The most recent is Tesla’s $1.5bn bet on Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency its CEO (Musk) once likened to fiat money (value is largely based on the public’s faith in the currency’s issuer, usually a sovereign state or central…
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Corruption: The cost of business progress

The corruption perception index reading for 2020 was recently published, revealing deteriorating corruption levels in a few high-scoring countries. The recent election meltdown in the United States, as well as alleged conflict of interest and abuse of office, contributed to the continued downtrend of the country’s score. This underscores the fact that no country is…
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New Year, Big Themes

The year 2021 has gotten off to a bitter-sweet start on the global front. The de-escalation of the Gulf-Qatar tensions, the surge in Chinese demand, and the upbeat risk-sentiment that have supported rallies in emerging markets and commodities markets, have created a semblance of a return to stability. On the flip side, the adverse realities…
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Africa in the midst of a Trump-Biden faceoff

By November 3, the United States of America (USA) will be making a choice between a Trump or Biden presidency. Increased uncertainty on the outcome of the elections drove jitters on major US equity indexes last week, as the markets priced in the possibility of an election contest given the increased adoption of mail-voting as…
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Nigeria: Virus, Protests, and the Economy

As the media evidence of the murder of a young man got into public space, nation-wide protests erupted, clamouring for the end to police brutality especially by a section of the police force, known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The protests became stronger by the day, as online movements metamorphosed into physical demonstrations, blockage…
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Budget 2021 – An expansionary wave

The COVID-19 pandemic that has persisted through the year, has raised the need to protect people, stabilize demand and stimulate recovery. The provision of emergency support has brought additional expenditure obligations, including emergency healthcare services, stimulus packages, payroll supports and rise in unemployment benefits. While advanced economies had automatic stabilizers to cushion the effect of…
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Pandemic debt: On the brink of a debt crisis

As the world copes with the health implications of COVID-19, the turnout of events has resulted into severe implications for the fiscal positions of various emerging and frontier economies. While dollar inflows from commodity exports and remittances have collapsed, the softening of local currencies have raised levels of indebtedness. Thus, emergency financing flows from International…
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