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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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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Energy

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

Is West Africa getting high on liquid natural gas (LNG)

The West African region could become an important trading post for liquid natural gas (LNG) in the near to medium term as countries including Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Benin and Ghana complement other potential importers like Morocco, Namibia, South Africa and Sudan to grow Africa’s fledgling demand for LNG. Egypt turned net LNG importer, and Africa’s

Sell the fact! West African commodities and a Trump presidency  

Commodities traded by West African producers fell sharply ahead of the US presidential elections and are yet to recover following confirmation that Donald Trump had secured enough electoral college votes to be declared US President-elect. Strong Coffee: (Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon) Coffee futures traded both in London and New York dived lower on Tuesday as investors,

S&P rating keeps investor hopes alive on Cameroon’s economy

Are we there yet? Ratings agency S&P has affirmed Cameroon’s long term sovereign rating at ‘B’ with a stable outlook but has warned that this could be lowered if there is a sharp rise in public debt or if political or other setbacks occur. The ratings agency highlighted the economy’s resilience to external and geopolitical

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