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NKC scans the political and macroeconomic conditions of 29 African countries and is able to measure country risk in detail. Our core expertise is our understanding of the continent’s opportunities and pitfalls due to our ability to weigh political and macroeconomic risk.

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  • Egypt - Second round of the legislative election

    Egypt’s voters went to the polls on Sunday and Monday, November 22 - 23. The voting was for 222 individual seats in 13 governorates (those in which voting did not take place in the first round in Octo...

  • Egypt: Growth forecast for 2015/16 cut to just 2.5% as tourism sector faces major setback after Russian plane disaster

    ​The Russian flight disaster at end-October will deliver a major blow to Egypt's tourism industry. With many flights to Sharm El-Sheikh now cancelled because of security concerns, this will put furthe...

  • Mauritius - Moody’s affirms unchanged

    Moody’s Investors Service affirmed Mauritius’s sovereign debt rating on Tuesday, November 24. More specifically, the rating agency kept the island nation’s government bond rating at “Baa1” (equivalent...

  • Kenya - The cabinet reshuffle

    President Uhuru Kenyatta announced some new appointments to his cabinet on Tuesday, November 24. The reshuffle had been necessary since a number of cabinet secretaries (CSs) were suspended for suspect...

  • Libya Quarterly Update November 2015

    Politically and militarily, Libya remains split in two. The General National Congress (GNC) government in Tripoli in the west and the House of Representatives (HoR) government in Tobruk in the east h...

  • Namibia Quarterly Update November 2015

    As a result of our economic and political assessments, we continue to rate Namibia at an investment grade “BBB-” with a stable outlook. While the country’s fiscal and current account balances have de...

  • Nigeria - CBN shows its hand

    The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced widespread changes to the country’s policy instruments following the meeting concluded on November 24. The MPC decide...

  • Tunisia - Terror attack in Tunis

    A suicide bombing in Tunis killed 12 members of the Presidential Guard. From initial reports it appears that a suicide bomber got onto a bus carrying guardsmen just off a main avenue in central Tunis...

  • Zambia - IMF concludes visit, warns that economy is “under stress”

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded a consultation visit to Zambia on November 20. In the aftermath of the visit, which commenced on November 11, the Fund released a succinct press release...

  • Africa - Namibia drifting into unsavoury company on the ICC

    Media reports are suggesting Namibia is considering withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC). If these reports prove accurate, then the country may find itself following in unsavoury fo...

  • Mozambique - Sovereign risk rating outlook adjusted

    As a result of our economic analysis, as well as incorporating our political assessment, we kept Mozambique’s overall sovereign risk rating unchanged, although the ‘stable’ outlook has been adjusted i...

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