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The Bottom Line - The economic powerhouse

Updated Tuesday 19th February 2013

Evan and guests discuss the challenges of doing business in and out of Africa.

World map with Africa glowing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Axstokes | World map with Africa glowing What are the challenges of doing business in and out of Africa? The continent consists of 54 countries and has more than a billion people but it was a sleeping giant for decades. Now it's woken up, could it be on the verge of becoming the economic powerhouse of the 21st Century?

In the studio this week are:

  • Andrew Rugasira, CEO of the Ugandan coffee company Good African Coffee.
  • Herman Chinery-Hesse, co-founder of the Ghanian software company SOFTtribe.
  • Rupert Soames, CEO of the temporary power specialists Aggreko.

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 21st February 2013 at 8.30pm. Versions will also be broadcast on BBC World Service, BBC World and BBC News Channel. To find out more, or to listen online where available, pelase visit



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