OPEC, non-OPEC Extend Cuts in Oil Output by Nine Months to battle Global Oil glut

OPEC, non-OPEC Extend Cuts in Oil Output by Nine Months to battle Global Oil glut

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – OPEC and non-members led by Russia decided on Thursday to extend cuts in oil output by nine months to March 2018 as they battle a global glut of crude after seeing prices halve and revenues drop sharply in the past three years. Oil prices dropped more than 4 percent <LCOc1> as the market had been hoping oil producers could reach a last-minute deal to deepen the cuts or extend…

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Gambia Talks With China, Norway Investors to Revive Economy

Gambia Talks With China, Norway Investors to Revive Economy

BANJUL (Capital Markets in Africa) – Gambian officials are holding talks with Chinese and Norwegian investors on infrastructure projects to drive economic growth in the West African nation after decades of dictatorship, a minister said. “We want investors that will understand the situation we are emerging from,” Trade, Industry and Regional Integration Minister Isatou Touray said in a May 22 interview in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. “We hope investors will see that Gambia is no longer…

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Nigerian Banks Make Eurobond Comeback as UBA Plans Debut Deal

Nigerian Banks Make Eurobond Comeback as UBA Plans Debut Deal

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – United Bank for Africa Plc said it plans to sell a debut Eurobond, a day after local rival Zenith Bank Plc tapped the market for the first time since 2014. UBA, Nigeria’s third-biggest lender by assets, wants to sell as much as $500 million of senior unsecured debt, it said in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange. It will announce plans later on Tuesday for investor meetings in Europe…

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Nigeria hopes for oil upturn after economy shrinks again

Nigeria hopes for oil upturn after economy shrinks again

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s economy stayed in recession in the first quarter and shrank more sharply than thought at the end of last year, data showed on Tuesday, as signs of growth in the oil sector fuelled hopes of an upturn in coming months. The economy shrank by 1.5 percent in 2016 for its first annual drop in 25 years, hit by a shortage of hard currency and lower revenues from its dominant oil sector…

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Ghana to cut interest rates May 22, Nigeria, S/Africa, Kenya to hold

Ghana to cut interest rates May 22, Nigeria, S/Africa, Kenya to hold

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Bank of Ghana will extend its interest rate-easing cycle on Monday to give its economy a boost but other major African central banks will keep rates stable after a commodity price slump, a Reuters poll found. Ghana’s central bank cut its high prime rate by 200 basis points to 23.5 percent in March and is expected to chop another 100 basis points on Monday, according to the median…

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Nigerian Central Bank to Keep Tight Monetary Policy, Nnanna Says

Nigerian Central Bank to Keep Tight Monetary Policy, Nnanna Says

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa)- Nigeria’s central bank will keep monetary policy tight as dollar shortages persist, Deputy Governor Joseph Nnanna said Now is not the time to ease policy, he said in an interview Thursday in the capital, Abuja. Inflation slowed for a third month in April, but at 17.2 percent remains almost double the upper limit of the bank’s 6 percent to 9 percent target. “We are battling with liquidity as it were, so tight monetary…

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Nigeria Seeks $5.2 Billion From World Bank for Electricity

Nigeria Seeks $5.2 Billion From World Bank for Electricity

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria is seeking $5.2 billion from the World Bank to expand electricity generation and help the economy recover from its first contraction in 25 years. The bank’s private-sector lending arm, the International Finance Corporation, may invest about $1.3 billion in power projects and electricity distribution companies. Its political risk insurer, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, could provide equity and debt of $1.4 billion for gas and solar power programs, according to Power, Works, and…

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