Assessing Uganda’s Fiscal and Monetary Policies in 2017 and beyond

Assessing Uganda’s Fiscal and Monetary Policies in 2017 and beyond

KAMPALA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Uganda’s rate of growth, though positive, has slowed over the past few years to average 4.5 percent in the last five years compared to 7.4 percent in the preceding period. Core inflation has been in line with the target of 5 percent over the medium term, with the few deviations from the target arising largely from supply side shocks caused by developments on the global scene as well as…

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Emerging Economies are at the forefront of Moving the World to a Climate-Resilient Clean Economy

Emerging Economies are at the forefront of Moving the World to a Climate-Resilient Clean Economy

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Emerging economies are increasingly taking the lead in shifting the world onto a cleaner development path, a senior World Bank official said on Wednesday, pointing to the role of China, India and Africa’s Ethiopia  in pushing down the cost of producing solar power.  John Roome, senior director for climate change at the World Bank, said India had evolved from a decade ago when it was seen as part of the…

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Rwandan Bank Mulls First Foreign Listing Outside Country

Rwandan Bank Mulls First Foreign Listing Outside Country

KIGALI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Bank of Kigali Ltd., Rwanda’s biggest lender by market value, plans to cross-list in Nairobi, Johannesburg or London in 2018, Chief Financial Officer Nathalie Mpaka said. The lender will make a decision by December based on the amount of capital the bank plans to raise, Mpaka said Wednesday in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. It would be the first Rwandan company to list its shares outside the East African nation. “We…

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Miners Ask Congo to Adjust Tax Repayments for Franc Slump

Miners Ask Congo to Adjust Tax Repayments for Franc Slump

DR CONGO (Capital Markets in Africa) – Mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo asked the government to adjust pending value-added tax repayments for a slump in the franc that could cost them as much as $210 million collectively. Federation des Entreprises du Congo, the country’s largest business lobby group, sent the request in a letter to Finance Minister Henri Yav Mulang on May 5. John Nkono, the secretary-general of the FEC’s Chamber of…

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AfDB Plans $1.1 Billion Loans, Grants to Drought-Hit Countries

AfDB Plans $1.1 Billion Loans, Grants to Drought-Hit Countries

South Sudan (Capital Markets in Africa) – The African Development Bank is considering providing $1.1 billion of loans and grants to countries affected by drought and famine. The funding will be discussed at a meeting of the Abidjan, Ivory Coast-based lender’s board on Wednesday, Gabriel Negatu, the bank’s head for East Africa, said in an interview in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The money will be provided to war-torn South Sudan, where a famine was declared in February, as well…

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Voter Fatigue May Doom Kenyan Opposition Presidential Nominee

Voter Fatigue May Doom Kenyan Opposition Presidential Nominee

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s three previous presidential election losses may hamstring his ability to generate enough public enthusiasm to mount a serious challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta in this year’s election. Less than half of the supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance agree with the choice of Odinga, 72, and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka as its flag-bearers, the Nairobi-based Star newspaper reported Friday, citing an Ipsos poll. It’s the same ticket that…

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Kenyan Opposition Chooses Odinga to Run Against Kenyatta

Kenyan Opposition Chooses Odinga to Run Against Kenyatta

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – An alliance of Kenyan opposition parties chose former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as its candidate to run against President Uhuru Kenyattain elections scheduled for August. Odinga’s running mate on the National Super Alliance ticket will be former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, co-principal Musalia Mudavadi said Thursday at a rally in the capital, Nairobi. The two were recommended by a technical committee that also considered Mudavadi and Senator Moses Wetang’ula as potential candidates. “The one who will fly the…

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