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Change in commodity futures prices in 2018: Cocoa (+28%); Wheat (+17.9%); Maize (+6.9%); Natural gas (-0.4%); Gold (-2.1%); Soyabeans (-2.1%); Cotton (-8.2%); Rough rice (-13.6%); Platinum (-14.8%); Arabica coffee (-19.3%); Brent crude oil (-19.6%); Copper (-20.3%); Sugar (-20.3%);     LafargeHolcim is expanding cement production capacity in Cameroon to 2.1million tonnes from 1.6 million tonnes to compete more aggressively with Dangote which plans to boost capacity to 3 million tonnes within 3 years

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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From Noha Nyamedjo and Transmar to Itochu: An unrelenting cocoa market exposes trader’s soft underbelly

Franc view: Cocoa’s implacable market has claimed a scalp in the name of Japanese trader Itochu Corp, via its partnership with the Transmar Group. Transmar currently faces a precarious financial situation which could impact its other investments along the West African cocoa belt, most recently the cocoa processing unit in Douala, Cameroon – Noha Nyamedjo

Cocoa markets: It never rains, it pours and pours

Franc view: In October 2016, franctrade.com forecast a bearish cocoa market, with significant downside risks anticipated in the second half of the season (see article). While the collapse in cocoa market futures may now appear overdone, particularly given fledgling political risks in the West African region, we retain our base case that markets may have

Averting a crisis: In Cameroon, the ‘Magi’ unwrap a pockmarked christmas gift; CFA franc devaluation ruled out for now

21 points Weak energy prices and heightened geopolitical risks have struck a debilitating blow on the economies of the central African economic union CEMAC. The urgency of the region’s challenge was articulated today in an impressive 21 point resolution taken at the end of an extraodinary meeting of Central African Heads of State held at the

Is West Africa getting high on liquid natural gas (LNG)

The West African region could become an important trading post for liquid natural gas (LNG) in the near to medium term as countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Benin and Ghana complement other potential importers like Morocco, Namibia, South Africa and Sudan to grow Africa’s fledgling demand for LNG. Egypt turned net LNG importer, and Africa’s

Sell the fact! West African commodities and a Trump presidency  

Commodities traded by West African producers fell sharply ahead of the US presidential elections and are yet to recover following confirmation that Donald Trump had secured enough electoral college votes to be declared US President-elect. Strong Coffee: (Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon) Coffee futures traded both in London and New York dived lower on Tuesday as investors,

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