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Kenya’s economic growth to rebound in 2018

Kenya’s economy is expected to grow 5.8 percent this year compared with an estimated 4.8 percent in 2017, thanks to drought cut and less political risk after last year’s presidential election, Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Wednesday. According to Rotich, the economy of the East African nation will benefit from increased investment in key […]

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Congo has “met” criteria for an IMF deal

Congo Republic over the weekend said it fulfilled the criteria for a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to revamp its debt-crippled economy. The Washington-based fund last year proposed a program to restore the macroeconomic stability of Congo. The Central African nation’s debt, which stood at $9.14 billion or around 110 percent of GDP, […]

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Zambian economic growth to exceed 4% in 2018

The Zambian government expects economy to grow by more than 4 percent this year helped by the mining, agriculture and construction sectors, Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe said. The southern African nation had initially targeted at least 5 percent growth this year, helped in part by higher commodity prices. Africa’s second-largest copper producer expects copper output […]

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Namibia economy slips into recession

Namibia has dropped into recession after its mining-fueled economy contracted in the final two quarters of last year, the statistics office said on Thursday. According to the statistics office, the southern African country’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted 1.0 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter after a 1.0 percent drop in the third quarter. The […]

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Ghana to adopt new tax collection system as it exits IMF

The Ghanaian Revenue Authority (GRA) has been asked to put in place an effective tax collection system to make it easier for those in the informal sector to pay their taxes as the gold-rich nation plans to exit from the International Monetary Fund. According to Bloomberg, the West African nation needs to increase revenue as […]

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Ghana has ‘no reason’ to return to IMF – President Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said in his annual state of the nation speech on Thursday that his government had buckled down on mismanagement and will not return to the International Monetary Fund for help. According to Akufo-Addo, the macroeconomic fundamentals are solid and all the critical indices are pointing the West African nation’s economy in […]

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Nigeria to raise $2.5 billion through Eurobonds

Nigeria will raise $2.5 billion through Eurobonds in the first quarter, the Debt Management Office (DMO) said on Thursday. According to the head of the DMO, Patience Oniha, the country will also try to get back into the JP Morgan Government Bond Index (GBI-EM), with improving liquidity in the local currency market. The African most […]

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Nigeria to raise $700 mln from international sources

The Debt Management Office (DMO) of Nigeria on Tuesday said it expects to raise $700 million from international sources as part of a $3.5 billion in borrowing for the 2017 budget. Late last year, Nigerian lawmakers approved the government’s $74 billion expenditure plan for the next three years. President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has proposed a […]

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Chad cancels plans to cut civil servants’ salaries

The Chadian government has decided to suspend a controversial cut in the salaries of civil servants, Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké said on Wednesday. The government U-turn comes after labor unions in the central African nation have reacted angrily to the government’s plan to slash civil servants’ salaries. According to a decree signed early January […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Gunfire at military camps in Bouake

Heavy gunfire erupted at two military barracks in Côte d’Ivoire’s second largest city, Bouake, local media reported late on Tuesday. Early last year, Côte d’Ivoire was shaken by successive uprisings by low-ranking troops. Bouake was the epicenter of the army mutinies. The mutineers are understood to mainly be former rebels who were integrated into the […]

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