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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

Senegal

Renault: Provisional data shows a decline in car sales in francophone Africa

Provisional sales reports from car-maker Renault showed ‘passenger car’ (PC) and ‘light commercial vehicle’ (LCV) car sales dropped marginally in francophone Africa in the year to September 2016 despite an increase in global sales. Notable declines were seen in Chad, Niger, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo. On aggregate, sales in francophone Africa fell

Wheat: CFA Franc importers should take advantage of decade low prices, weaker dollar

FrancTrade view: Last week’s disappointing US non-farm payrolls undermined the US dollar against emerging market and major currencies. The US dollar is currently 5% weaker vs. the CFA franc compared with its high in November 2015.  CFA franc importers should take advantage of current conducive market conditions, including multi-year lows in wheat prices and lock

A lot still to go in Senegal, according to Cairn Energy

FrancTrade quote: “…a safe and successful appraisal drilling campaign has confirmed the world class nature of the [Senegal] SNE field… and also with the additional potential that we see, not only in SNE but also in the surrounding acreage position.” Simon Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Cairn Energy PLC Cairn Energy PLC, a UK listed FTSE