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London-based Quantum Global Research Lab is the creator of the Africa Investment Index which aims to provide a guide to the investment attractiveness of countries in the short-to-medium term.The Index covers all 54 countries on the continent and is...
Can Nigeria avoid the slippery slope? From one perspective, Nigeria wants to reduce its dependence on crude oil, but at another the country’s economic and investment prospects have received an uplift only because of the rise in crude prices. Furthermore,...
Moving away from oil dependency The rise in crude oil prices was a key reason why Nigeria came back on the radar in the first place. Though regulatory control over the naira's value was disheartening, international investors lapped up bonds...
The depletion in foreign exchange liquidity has been a major issue for Nigeria which has held back economic growth. Regulators from the country decided to intervene in the foreign exchange market as they believed that the devaluation of the...
The naira tweak Nigeria has taken a step forward to infuse confidence in overseas investors. The country’s central bank has recently allowed for a new foreign exchange window where the naira will float freely in an effort to lure back...
Festering tensions between Egypt and Sudan are spreading instability throughout the region as territorial disputes spillover into economic and political matters. The type of rhetoric involved as well as the authoritarian nature of the regimes involved heightens the risk...
Mozambique’s debt scandal highlights the risks in letting security services run businesses, as they undermine transparency and economic independence.Mozambique is facing serious economic and political blow back as its evolving hidden debt scandal continues to shake international confidence and...
Nigeria's forex problem Dollar shortage remains a critical issue in oil-dependent Nigeria. This African (GAF) (EZA) economy has seen its foreign exchange reserves depleted acutely with the steep decline in oil prices since mid-2014. From near about $48 billion in...
It was no accident that James “Mad Dog” Mattis made Djibouti one of his first overseas trips as US Secretary of Defence, this tiny African country on the Horn of Africa is home to the USA’s only African military...
A turnaround in 2017? The stock market in Kenya has been on the rise. The graph below shows that though the All Share Index of the Nairobi Securities Exchange had a poor start to 2017, it may have witnessed an...
A diversified economy Kenya is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to African countries. Whereas most of the countries from the continent are dependent on commodity exports, Kenya remains quite diversified. According to the Observatory of Economic Complexity,...
Interest rate cap Interest rates in Kenya are capped at 400 basis points over the country’s benchmark rate shown in the graph below. The Banking (Amendment) Law (2016), which allowed for this change, has been in place since August 2016...

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