Gabon Seeks Private Partnerships to Boost Processing of Minerals

Gabon Seeks Private Partnerships to Boost Processing of Minerals

Libreville (Capital Markets in Africa) – Gabon, Africa’s second-biggest manganese producer, wants to partner with private companies to process most its minerals locally before exporting them, Mining Minister Christian Magnagna said. Local processing will boost the mining industry’s contribution to gross domestic product from the current 2.1 percent to at least 4 percent as the central African nation seeks to make its economy less dependent on oil, Magnagna said in an interview in the capital, Libreville….

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Moody’s downgrades Gabon’s rating to B3, outlook negative

Moody’s downgrades Gabon’s rating to B3, outlook negative

LIBREVILLE (Capital Markets in Africa) – Moody’s Investors Service has today downgraded the long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings of the government of Gabon to B3 from B1 and maintained the negative outlook. Concurrently, Moody’s has lowered the government of Gabon’s local currency as well as foreign currency bond and deposit ceilings to Ba3 from Ba1. The rating downgrade drove the change in ceilings. Rating Rationale The key drivers behind the downgrade to B3…

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Moody’s: Sub-Saharan Africa’s recovery from foreign currency shortages to take time

Moody’s: Sub-Saharan Africa’s recovery from foreign currency shortages to take time

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – While foreign currency shortages in Sub-Saharan Africa stemming from lower oil and commodity prices are easing, it will take time for sovereigns, banks, and non-financial companies to restore their financial health, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report today. The report, “Foreign currency shortages are subsiding but will take a time to overcome”, is now available on www.moodys.com. Moody’s subscribers can access this report via the link at the end of this press release….

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Gabon: ICD and DCF of Gabon sign an MoU

Gabon: ICD and DCF of Gabon sign an MoU

ABIDJAN (Capital Markets in Africa) – Mr. Khaled Al-Aboodi, the CEO of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), a member of Islamic Development Bank Group, and Mr. Alain Ditona Moussavou CEO of Deposit and Consignments Fund (DCF), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch an investment fund to support the financing of SMEs in Gabon and Central Africa. The two institutions are determined to bring a solution to the…

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Och-Ziff Unit Said to Plan to Plead Guilty Over Bribes

Och-Ziff Unit Said to Plan to Plead Guilty Over Bribes

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Och-Ziff Capital Management LP, the largest publicly traded hedge fund firm in the U.S., has agreed to enter into a deferred-prosecution agreement and have a subsidiary plead guilty in a federal probe into millions of dollars of bribes funneled to African officials, according to a person familiar with the matter. The admission of guilt is part of a settlement with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission after a complex five-year…

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Gabon Misses Out on Africa Bond Rally as Vote Dispute Weighs

Gabon Misses Out on Africa Bond Rally as Vote Dispute Weighs

GABON, Capital Markets in Africa: Gabon is missing out on Africa’s bond rally because of an electoral dispute that’s weighing on investor confidence. The oil-producing nation’s dollar bonds have lost 1.4 percent this month, the most out of 17 sub-Saharan African nations tracked by Bloomberg, which returned an average 0.6 percent. Yields on Gabon’s 2024 securities have climbed 77 basis points since the presidential poll of Aug. 27. Emerging-market bond issuers are set for a record…

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Gabon | Fitch Revises Gabon’s Outlooks to Negative; Affirms at ‘B+

Gabon | Fitch Revises Gabon’s Outlooks to Negative; Affirms at ‘B+

Libreville, Gabon, Capital Markets in Africa — Fitch Ratings has revised the Outlook on Gabon’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to Negative from Stable and affirmed the IDRs at ‘B+’. The issue ratings on Gabon’s senior unsecured foreign currency bonds have also been affirmed at ‘B+’. The Short-Term IDR has been affirmed at ‘B’. Fitch has also affirmed the Country Ceiling for the Communaute Economique et Monetaire d’Afrique Centrale (CEMAC) and…

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