We are in a state of peak introspection, at the precise point where we have to lift our eyes from our thin domestic gruel and contemplate life beyond finger-pointing and grandstanding blether. Mark Barnes wrote this week about the Turkish post office and its Africa-wide mission to be a banking-postal service hybrid driven by e-commerce. Turkey has linked up with Tunisia, and the SA Post Office is a potential partner. It is exciting stuff for the logistics industry, opening up the continent to products and services the developed world takes for granted. So too is China’s belt-and-road initiative, exporting capital across southern Asia and Europe, into Africa. The EU is giving it the lazy eye, but it cannot ignore that distressed Italy and Greece are hitching their skirts that way, particularly since it targets rail, road, power and port infrastructure so badly neglected in the postcrisis period of austerity. The Financial Times this weekend reported on the unlikely revival of synth...

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