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ContentsOCTOBER2011ISSUEN°379WWW.AFRICASIA.COM

14 Cover Story South Sudan – wide open for business

Editorial 13 The power of reading

Cover Story South Sudan 14 Business suits replace fatigues 18 Building a nation from scratch 20 The scramble for South Sudan 24 Banks – who dares wins 25 The lure of the South Sudanese pound

Top 100 Banks 28 Africa’s top banks 2011 rankings 29 Recovery and consolidation 28 Regional banks healthy and liquid 28 Top 100 table 38 North Africa: 42 West Africa: New dawn for Nigeria 44 East Africa: Strength in depth 47 Southern Africa: Angola the star turn 50 Nigeria banking reforms

Europe/Africa 52 Europe comes courting

Ethiopia 56 Return of the African Lion 57 The world’s fastest growing economy? 61 Commercialisation uplifts agriculture 72 Economy – finding the right balance 73 Tourism – land of history

Nigeria 74 Jonathan’s single-term concept

Mauritius 78 Mauritius – the special one 79 Lessons in evolution 82 Trim red tape 84 Top insurer looks to Africa 86 GBOT’s world-class market 88 AfrAsia Bank –

continental crossroads

Botswana 90 Botswana bounces back 92 Gaborone sorts out coal/ new rail options

Media 96 Africa in the digital age

Countryfiles 102 South Africa:

Can Africa produce generic drugs? 104 Ghana: Disquiet in Oil City