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Serengeti StoryThis month’s preferred reading is Serengeti Story by Anthony R. E. Sinclair: Life and Science in the World’s Greatest Wildlife Region

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was the first region in the world to be identified as a World Heritage Site. It is home to some of the most diverse species on the planet, and host to the largest migrations on Earth.

Anthony Sinclair documents his extensive experience as a scientist working in Africa. His lifetime’s work has played a leading role in establishing the forces that operate and maintain this fragile ecosystem—the factors that affect the timing and order of the Great Migration, the impact of the interdependent populations of food supply, predation and disease, piecing together the interaction of animal, bird, reptile and insect populations with the savannah and grasslands.

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from The Cambodia Daily..BY ZSOMBOR PETER AND HUL REAKSMEYJuly 22, 2014 Cambodia's vital garment and footwear exports have continued to show strong growth despite ongoing labor unrest, according to the government's latest mid-year figures. But while overall exports are up, those to the massive U.S.'s market have dipped slightly. Garment and footwear exports, which make up 80 percent of everything Cambodia ships abroad and brought in more than $5 billion last year, rose 16 percent during the first six months
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from ArabianBusiness.com..By ReutersJuly 22, 2014 Cash-rich Gulf banks are grabbing a growing share of the region's loan market as they cut fees and ease terms, elbowing aside some of the foreign banks which used to dominate lending. The shift reflects the weakened state of European and US banks in the wake of the global financial crisis; they face cost-cutting and regulatory pressures in their home markets, preventing them from going after business in the Gulf so aggressively.
from ArabianBusiness.com..July 22, 2014 The number of women employed in the private sector in Saudi Arabia rose 84 percent last year to around 400,000 employees, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Labor this week. The ministry revealed in a report on Monday that the private sector accounted for around 400,000 Saudi female employees last year, an increase of 183,000 from 2012, Arab News reported. The Saudi government has taken several measures to encourage the employment
from ArabianBusiness.com..By ReutersJuly 22, 2014 Index compiler MSCI will consult with investors about adding Saudi Arabia to its broader stock indices and could place it on review for classification as an emerging market in June 2015, an MSCI official said on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market, the Arab world's biggest, to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of next year, the market regulator said on Tuesday. Sebastien Lieblich, executive
from EurasiaNet.org..By Chris RickletonJuly 22, 2014 Residents of a five-story, Soviet-era apartment block in central Bishkek gathered outside recently to protest the construction of a penthouse on top of their building. “We don’t know who is paying for it, but we are sure he is in government,” said Alibek Zhunusov, 57, who vacates his apartment each day to escape the noise. “The builders say they have the necessary permits. Unfortunately, that is probably true.” For many in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, the construction boom over the last few years is providing a litmus
from Africa Review..By ANDUALEM SISAY in Addis AbabaJuly 22, 2014 A new Ethiopian economic report by the World Bank (WB) has advised the government to devalue its currency to speed up the growth of exports. The report focused on export performance in Ethiopia. "Ethiopia's real exchange rate is overvalued. Empirical evidence presented in the report suggests that a 10 per cent lower real exchange rate could increase export growth in Ethiopia by more than 5 percentage points
from El Pais.. By SORAYA CONSTANTE | Quito | 22 JUL 2014 Oil has propped up Ecuador’s economy since the 1970s. For every $100 earned in exports, $60 come from oil sales. During Rafael Correa’s seven years as president, the price of oil has been between $80 and $100 a barrel. Still, the country has had to take on loans in order to fund public investment, which today stands at 12-13% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In Latin America, average
from Ventures Africa..July 22, 2014 VENTURES AFRICA – Discoveries of East African oil and gas are well set to fundamentally transform the economies of the region as the fuel resources usher in new investment in road, rail, power and industrial infrastructure, according to Standard Bank. This however begs the argument that this could have happened earlier in our history – but to date has not transformed more than a fragment of African society. To date, Uganda, Kenya,
from Zawya.. By Angus McDowall and Andrew Torchia July 22, 2014 RIYADH/DUBAI, July 22 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market, the Arab world's biggest, to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of next year, the market regulator said on Tuesday. The opening of the Saudi market, capitalised at about $530 billion, is one of the most keenly awaited economic reforms in the world's biggest oil exporter. The bourse
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from Frontier Markets Network.. By Oxford Business Group July 22, 2014 Efforts to strengthen intra-trade and investment in North Africa have increased in recent years, particularly after the onset of the eurozone crisis.  Morocco signed a raft of public and private cooperation agreements with Tunisia during a visit by Morocco's King Mohammed VI in late May, in a bid to strengthen bilateral ties and encourage greater regional integration. In his three-day trip, the Moroccan King, along with Tunisia’s interim