Ed joined the London Breakingviews team in 2018 as Africa columnist. Before that, he was Reuters sub-Saharan Africa bureau chief, based in Johannesburg. During two decades at Reuters, Ed has reported from three continents, with postings in London, Edinburgh, Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Johannesburg. Along the way, he has covered everything from the dotcom bubble to the death of Nelson Mandela and fall of Robert Mugabe. He holds a degree in Classics from Cambridge University.
Social distancing is accelerating the ascent of next-generation lifts from Otis, Thyssen, Kone and Schindler. Powered by magnets, cars will whizz round a circuit like a vertical bullet train rather than shuttling passengers up and down a rope. Eat your heart out, Roald Dahl.
The German flag carrier will get a 9 bln euro bailout, including new shares and non-voting stock. The government gets a 25% stake on the cheap, and a more generous payout than other investors. Shareholders can at least be grateful that politicians are staying out of the cockpit.
Kenya won’t take up a G20-backed offer to poorer nations to suspend debt repayments. That’s because private creditors may take a dim view of such a move, irrespective of what ratings agencies say. Africa’s laggards have to accept the offer and will look worse in comparison.