Kinross to Invest $820 Million to Tread Water on Production

Kinross to Invest $820 Million to Tread Water on Production

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kinross Gold Corp. is spending more than $800 million to essentially tread water as — like many miners — it faces a future in which new gold assets are increasingly difficult to find and costly to develop. The Canadian miner said Monday it will move ahead with expansions at mines in Mauritania and Nevada as part of efforts to maintain its production and lower costs. Construction for the Phase Two…

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Mauritius Attorney General Quits Over Money-Laundering

Mauritius Attorney General Quits Over Money-Laundering

PORT LOUIS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Mauritian Attorney General Ravi Yerrigadoo stepped down to allow an investigation into allegations of money laundering, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said. Yerrigadoo quit at Jugnauth’s request to “ensure the investigation is conducted in a transparent manner,” the premier told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Port Louis. Le Defi, a Port Louis-based newspaper, reported that an affidavit was submitted to Mauritius’s Supreme Court on Tuesday alleging that Yerrigadoo helped set…

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Mauritian Banks Seen as Haven as Politics And Oil Roil Peers

Mauritian Banks Seen as Haven as Politics And Oil Roil Peers

PORT LOUIS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Mauritian banks are becoming beacons of growth and stability in sub-Saharan Africa. Unscathed by the vagaries of the oil price and unhindered by the political battles that have roiled some of their continental peers, the Indian Ocean island’s lenders have been bolstered by an economy growing faster than many of the mainland countries. The central bank expects the Mauritian economy to expand as much as 4 percent this year, compared with…

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CIM Financial of Mauritius Sees Global Unit Sale Boosting Credit Business

CIM Financial of Mauritius Sees Global Unit Sale Boosting Credit Business

PORT LOUIS (Capital Markets in Africa) – CIM Financial Services Limited., which has operations spanning Mauritius and Singapore, plans to focus on developing its consumer-credit and real-estate businesses after selling off its Global Business unit. The company, based in Port Louis, announced earlier on Tuesday that it’s selling its Global Business unit — which offers corporate, trust and fiduciary services — to Luxembourg-based SGG SA for $90.3 million. The deal “will allow CIM to benefit from an important…

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Mauritius’ Investment Prospects in New Dawn

Mauritius’ Investment Prospects in New Dawn

PORT LOUIS (Capital Markets in Africa) – The start of 2017 was marked by the resignation of Sir Anerood Jugnauth as Prime Minister (PM) who was replaced by Mr. Pravind Jugnauth. This ended months of speculation and resulted in a reconstituted cabinet. The new PM who kept the “Finance” portfolio, delivered an address which emphasized continuity on the most recent National Budget. Markets prefer certainty – a state of affairs – which this re-shuffled cabinet is…

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Africa’s Central Banks Reaction Amid Inflation and Growth Concerns

Africa’s Central Banks Reaction Amid Inflation and Growth Concerns

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Angola’s central bank left its benchmark BNA rate at 16.0% on 30th January 2017. The National Bank of Angola (BNA), which raised its rate 500 basis points last year – most recently in June – to curb inflation, added its monetary policy committee had also taken note of the trend of declining monetary indicators.  Botswana’s central bank left its benchmark lending rate unchanged at 5.5% on 28th February 2017, saying…

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INTO AFRICA March 2017 Edition: Africa’s Lions: Trust in Fundamentals

INTO AFRICA March 2017 Edition: Africa’s Lions: Trust in Fundamentals

LAGOS, Nigeria, Capital Markets in Africa: Welcome to March edition of INTO AFRICA, the publication with fresh insight into Africa’s emerging capital markets. Please download by clicking: INTO AFRICA PUBLICATION: MARCH 2017 EDITION.  Recent years have been challenging for Africa: so is the honeymoon over or did the wedding even take place? The oil price crash has had a serious impact on several African countries; the strength of the dollar is causing financing and FX issues; incidences of terrorism…

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