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Business Index Breaches 50 Point Mark

The IJG Business Climate Monitor improved to 50.99 points in February, the Institute of Public Policy Research said this week.
This is the first time since December 2016 that the index has been above the 50-point mark.
The leading indicator also showed improvement, climbing to 46.7 points.
“The improvement in the index indicates that the economy is slowly recovering, and should this persist, signals a return to growth in 2018 after the contraction experienced in 2017,” the institute said.

Katjavivi Fails Assets Transparency Test … As Lawmakers Disregard Rules

NATIONAL Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi has failed to transparently manage the assets register of parliamentarians despite promising to make it publicly accessible three years ago.
An updated register of MPs’ assets has not been publicly available since 2009, and Katjavivi blames parliamentary bureaucracy and budget cuts for not making MPs’ assets declarations public.
Assets and interest declarations are considered effective tools to fight and prevent corruption, detect illicit enrichment and conflict of interest, in both the public and private sectors.