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Emerging & Frontier Markets

Newsmakers : Way Cleared For Jacob Zuma To Run For President

SOUTH AFRICA       Zuma: Election victory all but assured after charges are dropped. South Africa’s High Court last month dropped all corruption charges against Jacob Zuma, president of the African National Congress (ANC). Although the decision was based ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets : Zimbabwe’s Zero-Sum Game

AFRICA     All change: Zimbabwe's coins have value again. With hyperinflation eroding the nation’s economy, Zimbabwe’s government is taking desperate measures. It lopped off 10 zeros from the Zimbabwe dollar, as inflation is now running at 2.2 million percent ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets : Kenya Calling

AFRICA           Kenya's mobile communications industry flourishes following IPO of Safaricom. A June IPO by Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom was oversubscribed by 532%, according to Kenya’s finance minister Amos Kimunya. The government exercised a provision allowing ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Cover Story: The Found Continent

AFRICA   Long ignored by mainstream investors and corporations, Africa has suddenly found itself in the spotlight. Its resilience in the recent credit crunch is just part of the reason.     An oil worker stands on the deck of ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets : Food Crisis Shows No Sign Of Abating

AFRICA     Kaberuka: Cereal export limits imperil 150 million Africans' lives. Food shortages continue to cause severe disruption in many African countries, prompting the African Development Bank (AfDB) to pledge up to $1 billion in subsidies and grants to ...

Country Report

Features: Troubled Giant

COUNTRY REPORT / NIGERIA Despite vast hydrocarbon reserves and a government committed to economic diversification, Nigeria still faces tremendous problems. A resurgence in its banking sector may help accelerate future progress.   Oil is Nigeria’s lifeline, accounting for some 80% ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets : Rwanda Exchange Trading Bonds

DR NEWS   Zhaikmunai, an independent oil and gas exploration business based in Kazakhstan, has concluded the first-ever listing of global depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange by a limited partnership. Zhaikmunai raised $100 million in its offering last ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets : Us Agency Backs African Debt Fund

NEWS   The Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC), a US development finance organization, has committed up to $100 million in initial funding for a sub-Saharan debt fund to be managed by Standard Bank of South Africa. The Standard Africa Development ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

EM Investor : Rwanda Exchange Trading Bonds

News         The Rwanda Stock Exchange opened for business in the capital city of Kigali at the end of January, but so far the exchange has not traded any stocks. It has listed two government bonds and ...

Country Report

Features: Growth interrupted

COUNTRY REPORT: SOUTH AFRICA   Flagging global growth, an ongoing energy shortage and increasing wage and inflation pressures are weighing heavily on South Africa’s economy.   In a hole: South Africa's mining industry has been badly affected by recent power ...
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