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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, September 24, 2020

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CDC – Cameroon’s agribusiness giant must modernise to survive

Finances looking dismal An interview with the General manager of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), Mr Franklin Njie, reveals the finances of the second largest employer in Cameroon is in dismal condition. CDC employs over 22,000 staff and produces banana, rubber and palm oil for local and international markets. Low rubber prices have stymied revenues