Brawls, Autocratic Moves Threaten East African Democracy

Brawls, Autocratic Moves Threaten East African Democracy

KAMPALA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Ugandan lawmakers brawl over a bill that could create a president-for-life. Tanzania arrests lawmakers and shutters newspapers. And as Kenya tries to rerun a botched election, a ruling party leader says what the country really needs is a benevolent dictator. As unrest and crackdowns plague some of the region’s largest economies, home to various levels of political freedom, the situation is adding to uncertainty in a part of the world already rocked by…

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Uganda Bans Some Live Broadcasts as President-Age Debate Likely

Uganda Bans Some Live Broadcasts as President-Age Debate Likely

KAMPALA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Ugandan authorities told broadcasters to stop airing some live coverage as the East African nation nears a parliamentary debate on a constitutional amendment that would let President Yoweri Museveni attempt to extend his three-decade rule. The Uganda Communications Commission directed all broadcasters to refrain from airing “live feeds which are in breach of the minimum broadcasting standards,” according to a statement published on Twitter by NBS Television, a local channel. The…

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Uganda Fires Teargas as Protests Build Against `Life Presidency’

Uganda Fires Teargas as Protests Build Against `Life Presidency’

KAMPALA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Ugandan police fired teargas and arrested students protesting at the capital’s main university, local media reported, as the ruling party prepares to propose a constitutional amendment that would allow President Yoweri Museveni to seek to extend his three-decade rule. The police and army fought running battles with students at Kampala’s Makerere University on Thursday, the Observer newspaper said on its website. It also reported that police arrested the capital’s lord…

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Standard Bank Seeks to Raise $3 Billion for Ugandan Oil Pipeline

Standard Bank Seeks to Raise $3 Billion for Ugandan Oil Pipeline

KAMPALA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Standard Bank Group Ltd.’s Ugandan unit plans to raise $3 billion for a crude pipeline by the second half of next year as the East African country prepares to start oil production by 2020. Stanbic Bank Uganda was appointed alongside Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. as joint financial adviser for the 1,445-kilometer (898-mile) pipeline, Patrick Mweheire, the chief executive officer of the Kampala, Uganda-based business, said in an interview on…

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Thomson Reuters Offers Financial Professionals Market Data & Analysis For Current And Upcoming Africa Elections

Thomson Reuters Offers Financial Professionals Market Data & Analysis For Current And Upcoming Africa Elections

Decision Africa App provides key economic data for Kenya, Angola, Liberia, and Mali Johannesburg, 10 August 2017 – Thomson Reuters has launched a dedicated Decision Africa app on its flagship desktop product Eikon. The app provides financial professionals with comprehensive market and data leading up to and after the elections in Kenya (8th August), Angola (23rd August), Liberia (10th October), and Mali (29th October).  The app features a chart book page of all four countries…

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Moody’s affirms EADBs Baa3 long-term issuer rating; outlook stable

Moody’s affirms EADBs Baa3 long-term issuer rating; outlook stable

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – Moody’s Investors Service has today affirmed the East African Development Bank’s (EADB or the bank) Baa3 long-term issuer rating and maintained the stable outlook. EADB is a regional multilateral bank that serves the East African Community (EAC) with the aim of promoting sustainable socio-economic development as well as the regional integration of its shareholder member states: Uganda (B2 stable), Kenya (B1 stable), Tanzania (unrated) and Rwanda (B2 stable). It…

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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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