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Africa Integrity Insights: A Look Ahead to May 2018

On Africa Integrity Insights, we look ahead to May 2018, examining some of the key events coming up next month. These include the following:

  • Referendum on Burundi’s Future: A referendum on changes to Burundi’s constitution, which would enable President Pierre Nkurunziza’s to serve until 2034, will take place on 17th May and it appears that the government has intensified its crackdown on opposition groups and the media, so as to ensure the public vote in its favour.
  • Africa’s Economists Assemble in Korea: The 53rd Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Board of Governors will take place in South Korea next month. It is hoped that the meeting will foster partnerships between Korean companies and African governments and act as a catalyst for infrastructure investment on the continent.  
  • Extracting Consensus Proving Difficult in South Africa: Negotiations over the third Mining Charter are taking place in South Africa and, although progress was made by the new Minister of Mineral Resources – Gwede Mantashe – it looks like it is going to be a long process and that his initial deadline for the end of May might have been too optimistic.   

Articles on each of these matters are available here.