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Talking Point: Sudan – Inflation rises marginally in May
According to the most recent figures by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), consumer price index (CPI) inflation increased slightly in May 2019. CPI inflation rose to 44.95% yoy in May, compared t...
Talking Point: Morocco – Inflation rises in May, but remains low and stable
Consumer price inflation accelerated in May amid a slower decline in food prices. According to the High Planning Commission (HCP), consumer price inflation increased to 0.3% y-o-y in May 2019, from 0....
SA Daily Economic Report: Morning market update
Trade balance improves markedly in May PSCE growth down in May, M3 growth up US consumer spending remains firm, for now ZAR strengthens as risk appetite improves
Fixed Income Daily: Bond market and currency metrics for African capital markets
Kenya – Tight-end yields edged lower yet again, supported by robust system liquidity conditions and below-expected inflation outturns over the past two months. Conceding that both the May and June inf...
Daily Africa Insight: An overview of today’s key events and developments
Botswana: MPC keeps bank rate unchanged. DRC: Moody’s downgrades sovereign credit rating. Gabon: Fitch affirms sovereign credit rating. Mauritius: Current account deficit widens in Q1....
Namibia Annual Country Profile: Economy continues to bite the dust
The economy is forecast to contract for a third consecutive year due to an expected decline in diamond exports, a drop in agricultural output due to severe drought, as well as weak service industry ou...
Talking Point: Zambia – Fitch pulls trigger with two-notch downgrade
On Thursday, June 27, Fitch Ratings announced that it has downgraded Zambia’s sovereign credit rating from B- to CCC due to weakening fiscal and external positions. The rating agency cited high extern...
Talking Point: Mauritius – Current account deficit widens in Q1
According to the Bank of Mauritius’s (BoM) latest preliminary balance of payments estimates, the current account recorded a deficit of Rs5.0bn in Q1 2019 compared to a much smaller deficit of Rs1.9bn...
Talking Point: South Africa – Trade balance improves markedly in May
South Africa recorded a merchandise trade surplus of R1.7bn in May, notably better than market expectations of a R5bn deficit. This follows a revised trade deficit of R3.5bn in April 2019 (previously&...
Talking Point: DRC – Moody’s downgrades sovereign credit rating
Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the DRC’s sovereign credit rating from B3 to Caa1 and changed the outlook from negative to stable. This places the country’s rating on par with Gabon, Iraq, Le...
South Africa Quarterly Update: Dismal GDP data and weak confidence levels point towards an economic recession this year
The near-term outlook for the South African economy has turned decisively gloomy. After recording positive growth in H2 2018, the economy contracted notably in Q1, pushing the overall growth forecasts...
Egypt: GDP growth supported by government investment but consumer spending remains weak
Even as leading economic indicators point towards weak consumer spending and stress on local firms, rising investment and government spending are supporting higher economic growth. Real GDP growth is...
Ivory Coast: Early outlook for the 2020 election
The main political questions in Côte d’Ivoire are already those concerned with the October 2020 presidential election: whether President Alassane Ouattara will attempt to stay in power beyond the...
SA Weekly Economic Report: Key developments for the week ended 28 June
The JSE All Share Index (-1.4%) fell this week in line with weaker Asian and US markets as global growth and trade war concerns continued to deteriorate. The All Share suffered broad-based losses, but...
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The appointment of a new finance minister in #Zambia signals a softening stance towards the challenges faced by the private sector. Meanwhile, the 2019 GDP growth revision reflects concern for mining sector difficulties.
Social media activism goes #BlueForSudan businesslive.co.za/fm/features/af… via @BusinessLiveSA
#Cameroon IMF approves $76.2m disbursement, bringing total disbursements under the three-year Extended Credit Facility arrangement to $514.5m (SDR372.6m).
#Morocco household confidence drops significantly in Q2; prospects appear bleak as living costs and unemployment expected to rise over the next year.
#Angola’s inflation rate declines further to 16.93% in June. Exchange rate depreciation quickening over the past couple of months and fiscal revenue mobilisation efforts are the biggest upside risks to the inflation environment over the short term.
#Mozambique #inflation rate ticked down further to 2.3% in June. Despite this being the lowest reading since August 2015, we do expect considerable upside pressure during H2.
#SouthAfrica No surprises as the Sarb opts to cut the repo rate by 25 bps to 6.5%. The benign inflation environment and weak economic outlook paved the way for monetary policy loosening.
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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.