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Change in commodity futures prices YTD May 8, 2020: Cocoa (-4.8%); Wheat (+3.7%); Maize (-17.5%); ICE Natural gas (-55%); Gold (+12.1%); Soyabeans (-23.1%); Cotton (-18.2%); Rough rice (+27.2%); Platinum (-18.5%); Arabica coffee (-15.1%); Brent crude oil (-53.3%); Copper (-14.6%); Sugar (-23.3%);     Whilst Africa's growth in 2020 could fall to its lowest since the 2008/9 global financial crisis, the asymmetric nature of shocks facing the region, coupled with increasing investment and cross-border trade, should help the region recover speedily.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Senegal

Can the electronic CFA franc survive the curse of digital wallets and boost trade in francophone Africa?

From Dublin to Dakar The electronic CFA franc (eCFA) will struggle in the absence of a thriving ecosystem, according to industry experts interviewed by FrancTrade.com. This follows an announcement today by the Senegal-based Banque Régionale de Marchés (BRM), that it is partnering with the Dublin-based eCurrency Mint Limited (eCM) to provide a digital currency in