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Egypt’s 4G Wireless Frequencies Ready For Use – Minister

Egypt’s 4G Wireless Frequencies Ready For Use – Minister

Egypt has prepared the wireless frequencies needed for telecommunications companies in the country to deliver 4G mobile broadband networks, a key step in the long-delayed introduction of high speed telecoms services. “We are now ready to hand over 4G mobile frequencies to any company that is ready … we are waiting for companies to finish […]

Tullow Says Makes Oil Discovery In Kenyan Well

Tullow Says Makes Oil Discovery In Kenyan Well

Africa-focused oil company Tullow Oil Plc said it encountered 75 metres of net oil pay in two zones at an exploration well in Northern Kenya. The Emekuya-1 well, located in the South Lokichar basin in North-Western Kenya, would eventually be developed to full field development, the company said on Wednesday. The well has proven oil […]

Vodafone’s South African arm Vodacom takes over $2.6 bln stake in Kenya’s Safaricom

Vodafone’s South African arm Vodacom takes over $2.6 bln stake in Kenya’s Safaricom

UK-based telecoms group Vodafone moved to consolidate two of its African interests on Monday with the transfer of a 35 percent stake in Kenya’s Safaricom to majority-owned South African subsidiary Vodacom. The 34.6 billion-rand ($2.6 billion) deal, structured as an acquisition of the stake by Vodacom in return for new shares, is the latest move […]

Saudis, Russia Favor Extending Oil Cuts Until End-March 2018

Saudis, Russia Favor Extending Oil Cuts Until End-March 2018

Saudi Arabia and Russia said they favor extending oil-output cuts by global producers through the end of the first quarter of 2018 to shrink a market glut. Crude prices jumped. vor extending oil-output cuts by global producers through the end of the first quarter of 2018 to shrink a market glut. Crude prices jumped. Extending […]

South Africa’s Currency Rating And Low Business Confidence Chief Among 2017 Risks

South Africa’s Currency Rating And Low Business Confidence Chief Among 2017 Risks

A downgrade of the South African rand’s credit rating and sagging business confidence are the biggest risks to growth this year, a Reuters poll found, and would make it difficult for the economy to escape a slow-expansion trap. Both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings Agency downgraded South Africa’s credit rating to below investment grade […]

Senate Approves 21% Budget Hike to Boost Economy

Senate Approves 21% Budget Hike to Boost Economy

Nigeria’s lawmakers approved to boost spending by 21 percent this year to help the West African economy recover from its worst slump in 25 years. The Senate, led by its President Bukola Saraki, agreed on Thursday in the capital, Abuja, to increase spending this year to 7.4 trillion naira ($23 billion). That compares to a […]

Nigeria Almost Triples Budget For Niger Delta Amnesty – Presidency

Nigeria Almost Triples Budget For Niger Delta Amnesty – Presidency

Nigeria has almost tripled the budget for an amnesty programme for militants in its oil-producing heartland, the presidency said on Saturday, a key factor in maintaining a tenuous peace in the Niger Delta and supporting crude production. An additional 30 billion naira ($98.47 million) would be released for the former militants and an extra 5 […]

Investors Start Taking Notice of Nigeria’s Latest Naira Plan

Investors Start Taking Notice of Nigeria’s Latest Naira Plan

Foreign investors are warming to the foreign-exchange window that Nigeria opened last week to ease a severe shortage of dollars, according to the head of the trading platform overseeing it. The naira’s depreciation in the window to almost the same level as the black-market rate means the new market is already “nearing equilibrium,” according to […]

IMF Team In Cairo To Review Second Installment Of $12-billion Loan

IMF Team In Cairo To Review Second Installment Of $12-billion Loan

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation will arrive in Cairo on Sunday to review Egypt’s progress on economic reforms before it disburses the second instalment of a $12-billion loan programme, the Finance Ministry said. The IMF delegation will stay until May 11 and meet with officials from the ministry and the central bank, the ministry […]

IMF to Return to Zambia in May to Continue Loan Talks

IMF to Return to Zambia in May to Continue Loan Talks

  The International Monetary Fund will send a mission to Zambia in May to continue talks over as much as $1.6 billion in aid the government is seeking after they failed to reach a deal in Washington this month. “Progress was made but program discussions have not yet been concluded,” Alfredo Baldini, the fund’s representative […]