We publish a range of reports designed to directly address the information needs of professional investors and senior business decision makers engaged in Africa expansion. These reports span up-to-the-minute alerts and weekly newsletters on the continent to country-specific quarterly reports.
Talking Point: South Africa - Manufacturing production remains under pressure
Manufacturing production volumes increased by 1.2% y-o-y in March 2019, following a revised 0.5% y-o-y growth rate in February (previously 0.6% y-o-y), according to StatsSA’s latest monthly manufactu...
Talking Point: Ghana - Western Togoland separatists arrested
Around 80 members of the Homeland Study Group Foundation (HSGF), a separatist organisation agitating for the secession of Western Togoland, were arrested on Wednesday, May 8, according to local news s...
Talking Point: South Africa - Mining production contracts by double-digits in Q1
Following four dismal months, mining production recovered somewhat in March 2019, but not enough to offset earlier weak performances and the sector consequently contracted by 12.7% q-o-q seasonally ad...
Ethiopia: Economic growth slows to a still-strong 7.2% in 2017/18, and a more vibrant private sector holds promise for the future
Real GDP growth is estimated to have slowed to 7.2% in FY 2017/18 (which ended on July 7) compared with a 10.2% expansion the previous fiscal year. Economic growth came in lower than expected owing to...
Talking Point: South Africa - Freedom Front and fraud the early hot topics
With about a quarter of votes counted and certified, and with the three main parties around where they would be expected to be this early – the governing African National Congress (ANC) on about 56%,...
Ethiopia Quarterly Update: Real GDP growth forecast maintained at 7.9% for 2018/19 FY. Ongoing reforms with regards to privatisation could drive growth in the short to medium term
Real GDP growth is estimated to have slowed to 7.2% in FY 2017/18 (which ended on July 7) compared with a 10.2% expansion the previous fiscal year. Economic growth came in lower than expected due to a...
Talking Point: South Africa - Gross reserves decline marginally in April
The holdings of gold, foreign exchange (forex) reserves and IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) declined marginally to $49.54bn last month from $49.68bn at end-March. The decline of $141m in gross reser...
Fixed Income Daily: Bond market and currency metrics for African capital markets
Egypt – The marginal weighted rate ticked higher at the latest auction. Conceding that Egypt offers a higher probability of the commencement of the easing cycle among frontier and emerging markets, ou...
Daily Africa Insight: An overview of today’s key events and developments
DRC: Katumbi going home less confrontational. Ivory Coast: Fitch affirms sovereign credit rating. Uganda: Price inflation increases in April.
Talking Point: DRC - Katumbi going home less confrontational
Moise Katumbi, the charismatic, connected and immensely rich former governor of Katanga, gave an interview on RFI in which he promised to return to the DRC on May 20. The purpose of the interview was...
SA Monthly Political Overview: The morning after...
First comes the headache and the heartache and then the realignment. There is little to match the feelings that dominate the morning after an election: exhaustion, triumph, joy, sadness, despair,...
Talking Point: Ivory Coast - Fitch affirms sovereign credit rating
Fitch Ratings affirmed the Ivory Coast’s sovereign credit rating at B /stable on May 7. The key rating drivers cited were strong economic growth, continued macroeconomic stability and low inflation. G...
Talking Point: Uganda - Price inflation increases in April
The Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) recently released its latest consumer price index (CPI) publication. Consumer price inflation increased to 3.5% y-o-y in April from 3.0% yoy recorded in March. T...
SA Daily Economic Report: Morning market update
Post-election policy decisions will matter Italian and Spanish services PMIs weaker in April Australian trade surplus decreases but remains large in March Bullion remains range bound
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Inflation (0.8% y-o-y) recorded in April for #IvoryCoast, and prices are expected to rise in 2019 due to a slow start to the rainy season this year.
#Botswana #inflation eases in April, dropping below lower target level of 3%.
#Sudan’s military announces a 72-hour suspension of negotiations following clashes in #Khartoum. This is soon after a breakthrough agreement was announced less than a day ago.
#Namibia annual #inflation rate remains unchanged at 4.5%; no change in repo rate expected in 2019.
#Tunisia growth slows sharply in Q1 as agriculture and industry contract. Outlook also fairly bleak, with rising global trade tensions, protests before the election and higher energy costs weighing on industrial activity.
#Rwanda Victoire Ingabire is taken in for questioning for an unauthorised public meeting. Could authorities use this event to lock her up again? Meanwhile, there is no news on her assistant Anselme Mutuyimana’s mysterious death in March.
#Nigeria inflation increases to 11.4% in April, first rise this year. Risks to the outlook are also mounting. Aside from stubbornly high food prices, demand conditions have also improved and the higher minimum wage will provide a further boost.
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A detailed scenario analysis of different policy actions the Central Bank of Nigeria could take in response to the foreign exchange liquidity squeeze in 2016, the effects on foreign reserves to be expected under each, and the resulting consequences for firms needing to repatriate profits.
A report on logistics in Djibouti covering infrastructure, human resources, electricity and the financial sector, and which included macroeconomic overviews of the neighbouring countries for which Djibouti serves as a transport hub. For an Emirati harbour logistics firm.