Tag Archives: South Africa

The Roggeveld Wind Farm in South Africa

On 4 April 2018, Covington’s client Building Energy, a multinational company operating in the renewable energy industry, signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the South African state owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd (Eskom) to build, own and operate a 147 MW wind plant in Roggeveld (on the border of the Western and Northern … Continue Reading

African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings Energize Africa

The theme of this year’s African Development Bank (AfDB) meetings, which ran from May 23rd to the 27th, was timely and necessary: “Energy and Climate Change.” In the first day of the meetings, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina announced the AfDB Group agenda for the continent’s economic transformation, which includes The New Deal on Energy for … Continue Reading

No Holidays for African Currencies

As the currency crisis plaguing Sub-Saharan Africa in 2015 continued through the recent holidays, Nigerians have learned that they can have their naira, but they can’t spend it too. Nigerians saw several restrictions on foreign exchange (“forex”) put in place, limiting what they could do with their naira. Triggered by the dive in oil prices … Continue Reading

An End to the Never-Ending South African Poultry Dispute?

President Obama, on January 11, suspended the application of duty-free treatment to South Africa’s agricultural exports that come into the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The suspension will take effect on March 15 if South Africa does not lower tariffs on American poultry products before then. The development represents another twist … Continue Reading

The Healthy State of Medical Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Well-known as a destination for experiencing some of the world’s most breathtaking natural assets, the Sub-Saharan African region is making progress in staking a larger claim to the multibillion dollar medical tourism industry and is the fastest growing region for wellness tourism.  Strategic trade and investment policies have played a significant role in these advancements. … Continue Reading

South Africa Pushes Ahead with Proposed Drone Regulations

As recently reported in Covington’s GlobalPolicyWatch blog, the US Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has granted CNN permission to use drones under the terms of a research agreement that will study how drones can be used safely and effectively by news organizations.  Drones or  unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) have also been used for journalism in Africa; … Continue Reading

IBM and Metropolitan Health Announce Africa’s First Commercial Application of Watson Engagement Advisor

IBM and Metropolitan Health–one of South Africa’s largest financial services and healthcare companies–recently announced Africa’s first commercial application of IBM’s Watson Engagement Advisor (“Watson”).  Watson is a potentially revolutionary cognitive computing application that can “comprehend” a question posed to it in natural language, process relevant data equivalent to about one million books, and provide a … Continue Reading

Economic Self-Reliance and Strategic Cooperation: 2014 BRICS Summit

The recently completed annual BRICS (the collective name for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit generated three agreements which demonstrate the ongoing move towards self-reliance and strategic cooperation amongst emerging and developing economies. The Agreement on the New Development Bank and the Treaty for the Establishment of a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement have … Continue Reading

The Role of Technology in Spreading Democracy

In the past two decades, the spread of democracy has been one of the most important advances across the African continent.  Since the 2008 launch of the website Ushahidi (the Swahili word for “testimony” or “witness”) which crowd-sourced and mapped user-generated reports of post-election violence in Kenya, technology has been playing an increasingly critical role … Continue Reading
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