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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

Burkina Faso

Collapse of Abidjan-Niger railway bridge is a headache for Bolloré group

FrancTrade view: The collapse of a key railway bridge linking Côte d’Ivoire to the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso (and Niger) will deal a blow to intraregional trade in the UEMOA zone and may lead to a temporary spike in inflation.The accident will also create a financial and operational hurdle for operator SITARAIL which is part

Robust increase in gold output confirms Burkina Faso’s excellent potential

FrancTrade view: The General Manager of the West African regional bourse in Abidjan has suggested the creation of a mining exchange in the region. We do not yet have details on this proposal but as with other commodities exchanges it will require sound regulatory policies, standardisations, liquidity and core services such as clearing and warehousing. We