The Gulf of Guinea has once again emerged as the number one global piracy hotspot. In 2019, nearly half of all reported incidents worldwide and 90 percent of all piracy-related kidnappings took place in the waters between Angola and Senegal. EXX Africa unpacks the data and the latest trends.
In less than six months, Africa is scheduled to launch the world’s largest free trade area, bringing together an estimated 1.2 billion people from states with a combined GDP of around USD 3 trillion. EXX Africa examines the progress to date in reaching the agreement and the opportunities and challenges associated with launching this milestone.
Six West African states are due to hold presidential elections this year. As these countries prepare to vote, a democratic recession seems to be underway alongside an intensifying Islamist militant threat and potential for political violence in the region. EXX Africa explores the risk outlook in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, and Togo.
Two large African economies are forecast to mark a significant improvement in their country risk ratings in 2020, while at least three West African markets will face a severe deterioration in their political risk indicators. EXX Africa identifies key risk trends for the year ahead and shares our selection of potential country risk winners and losers from around the continent for the year ahead.
Same-sex activity is outlawed in over 30 states in Africa with sentences ranging from minor fines, years’ imprisonment, and even death. EXX Africa assesses some of the highest risk locations across the continent for LGBQT+ communities, business travellers, and corporate expatriates.