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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

Base Metals

Sama resources may need a cash injection for its West African base metal district

Sama resources, the Canadian-based mineral exploration and development business, hopes to develop and operate the first nickel-copper-palladium district in West Africa which has the potential to become “a new world class base metal district”. The project, which is hosted in the large Yacouba layered complex, will cover 1,487 square kilometres of exploratory ground in Cote d’Ivoire and

Côte d’Ivoire is a cut above the rest according to Moody’s

Moody’s Investors Service has rated the long term debt of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire at Ba3, stable. Structural reforms and investment in infrastructure are supportive of strong economic growth in Côte d’Ivoire according to the ratings agency, which also notes that while the country’s institutional strength remains low, it has shown real and marked