Angolan Leader Denies Targeting Predecessor’s Family in Shake-Up

Angolan Leader Denies Targeting Predecessor’s Family in Shake-Up

LUANDA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Angolan President Joao Lourenco denied he’s targeting the family of his predecessor, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, whose eldest daughter was among hundreds of officials fired after he took the helm of Africa’s second-biggest oil producer in September. “This isn’t about chasing people,” Lourenco told reporters Monday in the capital, Luanda. “It’s about fixing situations that proved to be harmful to the public interest.” Since replacing Dos Santos, Lourenco has removed his daughter,…

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From Angola to Zimbabwe: Guide to Key Africa Markets in 2018

From Angola to Zimbabwe: Guide to Key Africa Markets in 2018

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – For bond investors, Africa was a happy hunting ground last year. Its local-currency and dollar securities easily outperformed those of emerging markets overall as investors piled into a continent offering high yields and starting to recover from the commodity bust of three years ago. But risks abound, among them policy tightening in advanced economies, local and global politics, weakening currencies and another fall in oil prices. And then there is…

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Angola Too Small for Four Phone Operators, Dos Santos Says

Angola Too Small for Four Phone Operators, Dos Santos Says

LUANDA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Angola’s plan to allow a fourth telecommunications company to enter the market will make life tougher for existing operators and probably lead to consolidation, according to Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and a shareholder of local wireless carrier Unitel SA. “Four licences in a 24-million-people market is a non-sustainable scenario,” Dos Santos, the former Angolan president’s oldest daughter, said in an interview during a conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm…

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Africa’s Richest Woman Prepares New Deals After Losing Oil Post

Africa’s Richest Woman Prepares New Deals After Losing Oil Post

LUANDA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Less than a month after being fired as head of Angola’s state-owned oil company, Isabel dos Santos says she is studying new deals. Dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, said two major Angolan banks she has links to are preparing to sell shares as part of plans to strengthen their operations at home and abroad. She also said Friday she remains committed to her investments in Portuguese oil company Galp Energia SGPS…

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OPEC Crude Output Drops to Six-Month Low on Angola Maintenance

OPEC Crude Output Drops to Six-Month Low on Angola Maintenance

LUANDA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Crude production from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries dropped again in November to a six-month low. Total production fell 80,000 barrels a day to 32.47 million a day last month, according to a Bloomberg News survey of analysts, oil companies and ship-tracking data. That was the lowest level since May, when output was 32.29 million. Angola led the declines in November, with a drop of 100,000 barrels a day from…

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Angola Plans to Open Up Telecoms Industry to Foreign Bidders

Angola Plans to Open Up Telecoms Industry to Foreign Bidders

LUANDA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Angola plans to sell a minority stake in a state-owned telecommunications provider and hold an auction for a fourth industry operator as new President Joao Lourenco shakes up the business environment and reduces the influence of his predecessor’s family. The government of the oil-rich west African country has received several expressions of interest from local and foreign investors in the new telecommunications license, state-owned news agency Angop said, citing the country’s…

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Angola Raises Key Rate to Record-High 18% on Inflation Concerns

Angola Raises Key Rate to Record-High 18% on Inflation Concerns

LUANDA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Angola’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate to a record 18 percent as it seeks to counter inflation and support the kwanza. The key rate was increased from 16 percent, Luanda-based Banco Nacional de Angola said on Thursday after a meeting of the monetary policy committee. “The bank paid particular attention to the evolution of prices in the economy, having observed an acceleration in inflation,” the MPC said in a…

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