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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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Monday, November 18, 2019

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Franc commentary:The CFA franc and what the Italian deputy PM said

“Luigi Di Maio, Italian deputy prime minister… accused the French government of manipulating the economies of mainly former French colonies in Africa, which use a form of the pre-independence currency known as a CFA franc.” Source: BBC Franc commentary: Myriad of African economists have argued on both sides of this issue over recent decades, so, that

The risk of debt distress in the CFA franc zone

Most of the CFA franc zone countries in both central and west Africa are currently considered to be at moderate risk of debt distress. Of the remaining four, three are deemed to be at high risk of debt distress–Cameroon, the Central African Republic and Chad; while Senegal is at low risk. None of the countries profiled is

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

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