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The Morning Briefing: African investment, development

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"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about investment and development in Africa.

1.) Economic integration could shape 'different Africa' in next 50 years. Sub-Saharan Africa can expect to see economic growth of 6.6% on average this year, predicts Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

2.) Africans hold the key to the continent's development. Africa is a continent at economic crossroads. Home to about 10 per cent of the world's population, Africa commands less than 4 per cent of the world trade.

3.) BRICS look at bigger role in Africa. The confluence of BRICS and Africa, spanning across three continents, at Durban will be watched with great interest throughout the world.

4.) South Africa: Development plan 'calls for co-operation'. South Africans are an argumentative lot - and the country's problems become amplified simply because we shout past each other, National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel told delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town on Monday.

5.) Key perspectives on Africa’s development in 2012. The Brookings Africa Growth Initiative 2013 Foresight Africa report highlights some of the key issues and events that are likely to impact on Africa’s development this year.

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— By on February 5, 2013, 4:19 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure