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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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Tuesday, June 25, 2019


CFA Franc Zone: Outlook for 2019–Currency risk tops the poll

Questions over the CFA franc’s peg to the euro; and XAF/XOF parity      A Franctrade survey suggests that the CFA franc’s peg to the euro will remain a major theme for business and industry leaders in the region in 2019 with many participants taking the view that a devaluation of the currency is now