A 3D printer creates a sophisticated geometric structure, developed by Silicon Valley startup Carbon. Reuters Staff

How 3D printing could disrupt Asia’s manufacturing economies

Objects of almost any shape or geometry can be produced by 3D printing. The technology could seriously disrupt not just manufacturing but related national plans for economic development.
An M-Pesa agent and mobile phone shop in Nairobi. A decade after it was introduced economic benefits are being felt. EPA/Boniface Mwangi

Study provides fresh insights into the benefits of mobile money in Kenya

M-PESA was launched nearly a decade ago in Kenya. New evidence suggests that the mobile money banking system has helped reduced poverty levels, particularly in households headed by women.
Addis Ababa’s light-rail network built by China Railway Engineering Corporation has become a key transport link for city residents. EPA/Solan Kolli

Ethiopia’s political ripple a big test for infrastructure-led Chinese approach

In Ethiopia, the US pushes the diffusion of individual freedoms and China jockeys for collective economic betterment. Both the US and China could lose out if chaos spreads in the Horn of Africa.

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