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First production of LNG has successfully started from the Hilli Episeyo vessel off Cameroon. Hilli Episeyo has a relatively small production capacity of 2.4 million tonnes a year and its first cargo will be loaded around early April 2018 (Bloomberg).     The Monetary Policy Committee of West Africa’s CFA regional central bank (BCEAO) holds its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.5 percent (7 Mar 2018)    Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon among the top 5 banana exporters to Spain with volumes of around 5,000 tonnes and 3000 tonnes respectively in August 2016    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     Uber technologies plans to offer its services in Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Senegal in 2017 according to Alon Lits, its general manager for sub Saharan Africa    Nestlé, Brasseries du Cameroun and Camlait now among 55 companies allowed export duty-free access to the central African economic bloc

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Edible oils and seeds

Franc Opinion – Franctrade opines on Siat’s agribusiness strategy in West/Central Africa (Courtesy: Jeune Afrique Feb 2017)

Stratégie : pourquoi Siat abandonne le palmier à huile (Par Omer Mbadi) Après avoir cédé cette branche de sa filiale gabonaise à Olam, le groupe belge s’apprête à effectuer un retrait similaire avec son entité nigériane Presco. Objectif : s’engager davantage dans l’hévéa. Branle-bas de combat à la Société d’investissement pour l’agriculture tropicale (Siat). Fin 2016,

Cameroon runs to Malaysia for clues as domestic palm oil demand grows

Franctrade understands that a delegation of agribusiness executives and officials from Cameroon’s Ministry of Agriculture recently visited Malaysia to acquire skills on how to optimise output in the oil palm sector. Cameroon has ambitions to increase palm oil output to 450,000 tonnes, from the current 270,000 by 2020. Cameroon does not produce enough palm oil

Cargill profits boosted by cocoa and chocolate products

  Demand for protein a key pillar for Cargill Agribusiness giant Cargill, part of the quartet of companies that dominate global agricultural markets, today reported financial results for the fiscal 2017 first quarter that ended on August 31, 2016. Although revenues were moderately lower compared with last year at USD 27.1 billion, operating profit rose sharply by

CDC – Cameroon’s agribusiness giant must modernise to survive

Finances looking dismal An interview with the General manager of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), Mr Franklin Njie, reveals the finances of the second largest employer in Cameroon is in dismal condition. CDC employs over 22,000 staff and produces banana, rubber and palm oil for local and international markets. Low rubber prices have stymied revenues