A recent report by AfricanFinancials Group titled Sub-Saharan Top 30 Equity Valuation shows that eight East African listed firms, largely from Kenya and Tanzania, made it to the list of sub-Saharan Africa’s most valuable brands.
African Import-Export Bank has launched a USD 1 billion transit guarantee scheme covering the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa designed to reduce trade costs, promote African trade, improve tax collection, and free up working capital.
The African Development Bank expects Africa to recover from its worst recession in 50 years and reach 3.4 percent economic growth in 2021 despite challenges of a global pandemic and external economic shocks.
Morocco’s state-owned phosphate and fertilizer group OCP is moving forward with its commitment to assist the Nigerian government to achieve its goal of developing its agricultural industry.
Ghana has signed a trade partnership agreement with the UK that will secure tariff-free trade and provides a platform for greater economic and cultural cooperation
Uganda is keen on oil and gas deals through local content provisions after Total and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline invited bids for various services, a sign that the long-awaited final investment decision which is expected to unlock USD 10 billion worth of investments is well underway.
Kenya’s trade pact with the UK will open the window for British companies to ship in finished and unfinished goods that exclude agricultural and industrial products for 25 years at the expiry of a seven-year moratorium.
The European Union has removed Morocco from the “grey list” of non-cooperative third countries, a decision which will make it easier for Moroccan companies to raise funds from international economic actors and DFIs.
Nigeria’s bid to grow its domestic gas production has received a boost after state-owned oil firm Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. signed a final investment decision to build the country’s first USD 3 billion methanol-processing plant.
Botswana has intensified efforts to digitise and make geoscience information readily available to local and international potential investors to encourage prospecting for non-diamond minerals and attract investment in the extractive industries.
Nigeria’s largest banks may be set to embark on a round of acquisitions as they seek to diversify their sources of income away from treasury bills.
Sub-Saharan Africa will see a growth of 2.7 percent this year, a welcome rebound from the region’s first recession of 25 years in 2020 after it shrank by an estimated -3.7 percent.
Kenya has joined Tanzania and Uganda in taxing digital transactions on services offered through the digital marketplace including downloadable digital content and over-the-top services that include streaming television shows, music and podcasts.
The CDC Group is planning about USD 1 billion in African investments this year in areas particularly focused on accelerating its climate-related and technology-based investments across various sectors, including infrastructure and finance.
Tanzania has signed a USD 1.32 billion contract in Chinese support for the ongoing construction of the standard gauge railway as it looks at tapping into China’s huge market through reciprocal import and export trade.
EAC’s Trade and Investment Report, 2019, states that Foreign Direct Investments into East Africa surged to USD 11.5 billion in 2019 buoyed by China’s increased interest in the region’s manufacturing, construction, and services sector.