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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

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