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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

CEMAC Zone

Franctrade–How the UK trades with the CFA franc zone

Highlights Franctrade estimates the UK’s total trade with Africa fell 4% in 2017 to US$ 24.6 billion. This compares with a 4% increase in the UK’s trade with the world during the same period; Total CFA franc zone trade with the UK fell 14% in 2017 (est), steeper than the decline in the UK’s trade

FrancSterling Index (FSI): Sterling still-sluggish vs the CFA franc

FrancSterling Index: Franctrade introduces its FrancSterling Index (FSI) tracking the trade-weighted west and central African CFA franc (CFAF) against the British pound sterling (GBP). Sterling has been softer vs. the CFAF with the currency largely weighed down by market concerns related to Brexit.  A moderate recovery in the index in Q2-2017 and Q4-2017 has not

From the editor: Are Cameroon’s stoic financial markets downplaying unquantifiable politics?

A tale of two cities We share two intriguing headlines from the past two weeks with our readers. The first suggesting “the Anglophone crisis may prolong…Q1-2017 GDP contraction” the second reading “Investors have an expensive habit of downplaying unquantifiable politics”. The first quote is culled from Bloomberg Intelligence’s brief on Cameroon while the second is

The CFA franc devaluation debate: The gift that keeps on giving

We are receiving calls from market participants worried about financial market developments in the CFA franc zone and the impact on their trade activities. The overriding interest hovers around two interrelated possibilities (i) whether the CFA franc can be devalued and the principal drivers in favour of this option (ii) how imminent a devaluation of

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

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