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Should countries in Africa stop blocking access to the internet?

The CEO of Unifi, Adrian Shatku, says telecom firms should not be forced to lose money
Countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe have recently blocked access to the internet, hoping to quell street demonstrations.

But the move has prompted protests about undermining democracy, by stifling freedom of information. 

Adrian Shatku, chief executive of the telecom company Unifi, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore that African Governments are forcing mobile phone operators to lose money, when they also want them to invest in building better networks to improve access to the internet.

(Picture: People using smartphones. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images.)

Can Africa create internet giants like Amazon or Alibaba ?

E-commerce experts are meeting in Kenya to explore how Africa can develop online retail
E-commerce experts, politicians and technology entrepreneurs are meeting in Kenya this week to explore how Africa can develop online retail businesses.

The E-Commerce Africa event in Nairobi is supported by the European Union and United Nations.

Shamika Sirimane, a director at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore how online retail is a lucrative business, which could benefit many economies.

(School children in Nigeria surfing the internet. AFP/Getty Images.)

China pledges an extra $60bn for Africa's development

Cameroon President shakes hands with Chinese President in Beijing (September 3, 2018)
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China's President Xi Jinping has pledged an extra $60bn (£42bn) for Aftica's development, as he opened a summit with African leaders in Beijing to boost relations.

China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa.

But critics warn that African nations have been going into unsustainable levels of debt with the Asian giant.

Xi Jinping said China does not invest in "vanity projects" in Africa and is helping the continent build its infrastructure.

What Africa owes China

The BBC's Africa Business Editor has taken a sober look at levels of debt accruing across the African continent, emanating largely from Chinese infrastructure investment.

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Returning to Mogadishu to rebuild the dairy industry

Security isn't the only challenge in a country suspicious of cow's milk
Recent weeks have seen protests over an uptick in violence in Mogadishu. Despite this, people are continuing to return to the capital and invest in the recovering economy.

After 25 years living in the UK, Adbukadir Mohamed Salad has come back to Somalia and is determined to help rebuild the country's dairy industry. He has opened Irman Dairy - one of the first dairies to operate in Mogadishu since violence broke out in the 1990s. 

However, security isn't the only challenge he faces, as he explains to Newsday's Sharon Hemans.

(Photo: Irman Dairy in Mogadishu, Somalia. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Why big game hunting is big business in South Africa
In South Africa, big game hunting is big business. The whole sector is worth more than $2bn (£1.3bn) a year to the country's economy, and animals can change hands at auctions for millions.