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Charlie Mitchell

Journalist. Will go where sent

Location icon United Kingdom

London / Paris / Delhi / Abu Dhabi / Toronto

Articles for the Financial Times, The Times, The Telegraph, The National, Caravan magazine.

Canada, Africa, the Middle East, finance and fry-ups

Financial Times
Technology hope for African farmers

In Africa, a start-up scene is taking shape, capable of lifting millions out of poverty by transforming the continent's largest industry: agriculture. The African continent contains more than a quarter of the world's arable land, and farming contributes 15 per cent of its total gross domestic product, equivalent to $100bn a year, according to consultancy McKinsey.

The National
Somaliland's world-leading move towards a cashless culture

Abdul Rashid has sold sweet Somali tea on the muddy streets of Hargeisa for decades. As night falls in the capital of breakaway Somaliland and worshipers flood out of the mosque, a handful congregate around his rickety table.

The National
Rwandan President Paul Kagame condemns 'inflexible' leaders who resort to violence

Longstanding Rwandan President Paul Kagame has criticised "inflexible" modern leaders who resort too quickly to violence against their own citizens, while in the UAE on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Mr Kagame addressed the World Government Summit, where Rwanda is the guest country, and a day later the Milken Institute Mena Summit, which bring together leaders in politics and business to discuss the state of the world.

The National
Emmerson Mnangagwa: US should have removed Zimbabwe sanctions 'yesterday'

The US should have lifted economic sanctions against Zimbabwe earlier, the African country's president said, as he seeks to fix a broken economy and attract international investment. "We feel that we are almost two decades behind in terms of development as a result of economic sanctions that have been imposed on us," Emmerson Mnangagwa told The National in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Financial Times
Samsung blazes a trail adapting for the African market

Samsung has suffered a torrid 12 months including the recall last autumn of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 handset and the arrest of its acting head, Lee Jae-yong, on bribery allegations in February. Even so, South Korea's largest conglomerate has had a good run in Africa.

The National
DP World investment boosts Somaliland's push for sovereignty

DP World's $442 million expansion of Berbera port in Somaliland will put the breakaway state on the path to formal independence from Somalia, its president has said. The Horn of Africa state declared independence in 1991, when Somali president Mohamed Siad Barre fell and Somalia erupted into chaos.

The Caravan
India Shrugged

An Ayn Rand cult that never took off

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