Saturday, December 15, 2018
Amid great fanfare 44 African countries signed the long-awaited African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) earlier this year. The bloc is expected to boost intra-African trade – pegged at less than 20% – by eliminating import duties and scaling...
Chinese investment in Africa could be accelerating debt on the continent and creating economies which are “entirely dependent on China”, according to financial experts. Around $86bn (£64bn) in loans were issued by China between 2000 and 2014 to finance over 3,000 infrastructure projects...
The government on Tuesday re-affirmed its commitment to renewable energy as part of the country’s energy mix while dodging any mention of its plans for nuclear energy. Energy minister Jeff Radebe delivered a keynote address at the African Utility Week...
The African Continental Free Trade Area's (AfCFTA) potential as a tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development was highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Conference of Ministers in Addis Ababa. The four-day event...
President Mokgweetsi Masisi wants to increase foreign investment and create more jobs for almost one in five people. Botswana’s new leader wants to shrink the civil service, sell state companies and cut red tape as he targets increased foreign investment. President...
Fitch Ratings has announced its decision to maintain Eskom Long-Term Local Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) and unguaranteed local currency senior unsecured ratings of ‘BB-‘. According to the South African parastatal, the ratings agency has simultaneously maintained the National Long-Term...
If American, Japanese, and emerging economies’ policymakers had hoped to pressure the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to drop their policies of refusing to fund coal power projects, they were ultimately disappointed. Instead, the World Bank and...
INFRASTRUCTURE Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) chief economist Khutula Sibanda says Zimbabwe needs around $5 billion annually for trade and finance in the retooling of the industrial sector and infrastructure development. BY SILAS NKALA Sibanda made the remarks yesterday during a...
The Angolan government has raised $3bn in its second Eurobond issue in international markets with demand from 500 investors based in the US, Europe and Asia reaching nearly $9bn. The deal included two parts: $1.75bn of 10-year bonds with a...
Sub-Saharan African countries could increase tax revenue by an average of 5 percent of gross domestic product -- much more than what they receive in international aid -- if they reform their tax policies, the International Monetary Fund said. Key steps would...
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