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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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May 10, 2021

West African Bourse going for gold as it mulls a mining exchange by 2018


West Africa’s regional stock exchange plans to start a separate section for mining stocks by 2018 which could make it easier for resources companies to raise funds in local currency – the CFA franc. The bourse is amending its regulations and aims to have a dedicated mining platform in place by 2018. The mining exchange will be open for companies exploring or operating mines in the region and is in talks with the Toronto Stock Exchange to explore possibilities for a partnership. It will draw inspiration from the Canadian Mining Exchange model.

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