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Standard Bank-owned asset manager Stanlib has set up operations in Ghana through the acquisition of the Stanbic Investment Management Services division. It is also pursuing an asset management acquisition in Nigeria, which it hopes to close in the first half of 2015.
Africa Brief: Egypt buys less local wheat than last year, Mugabe expected to stay on, mobile data and more
Egypt has bought 3.675 million tons of wheat from local farmers so far this season and will continue to buy from them until 30 July 2013; the state news agency yesterday quoted the country’s main state wheat buyer as saying. “The total amount of local wheat supplied till now is 3.675 tons, 41000 tons less than the same period last year,” state news agency Mena quoted Mamdouh Abdel Fattah, the vice-chairperson of the General Authority for Supply Commodities, as saying.
Cameroon’s oil output is set to rise temporarily before resuming downward trend. The region is estimated to have attracted less than 2% of the Gulf of Guinea’s oil investments over the past decade. Cameroon’s oil output is expected to increase temporarily over the next few years as new wells start with production (following successful drilling results during the past few years) before resuming the downward trend (unless significant new oil wells are discovered).
Egypt’s oil production has been in decline for almost two decades; however this has been offset by the development of the natural gas industry. In fact, natural gas production has increased fivefold since the mid-1990s. Up to around 2004, gas production had increased by just enough to cater for rising consumption levels. Between 2005 and 2006 there was a surge in production, contributing to significantly higher hydrocarbon exports and growth of the region’s GDP.
According to the US EIA, Algeria had proven natural gas reserves of 159 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2012. At current production levels, this would provide output for another 57.7 years. More than half of these reserves are located in the Hassi R’Mel field. Algeria’s production of marketed gas placed it in 10th position on a global basis in 2011. Algeria is also the third largest supplier of natural gas to Europe. However, after peaking in 2005, gas production has decreased over the past few years, contributing to the contraction of the hydrocarbon sector.
Mozambique is viewed to be one of the African countries that will be most able to boost its share of foreign direct investment inflows to the continent over the medium-to long-term. Apart from the large-scale expansion of coal production, natural gas exploration activities and plans to build LNG plants have helped to boost foreign investment.
Accurate short term prediction of iron ore pricing is said to more an art than a science, yet many financial institutions and mining companies are making decision on projects with 10 year development time and 30 year life with this price volatility front of mind.
In February 2013, KPMG in Chile published the Quarterly Commodity Insights Bulletin, focusing on Copper. With overall copper demand expected to increase 3.6% in 2013 and 4.3% in 2014, the following are some of the insights gleaned from the Bulletin… World copper mine production increased 2% year-on-year to 16.60Mt in 2012. Production from Chile, the world’s largest copper producer, increased 4% year-on-year to 5.48Mt, after a lower mine production in 2011 due to a series of labour disputes, extreme weather, and declining ore grades.
On 13 June 2013, the 2013-14 Budget was presented in the Ugandan Parliament. Uganda Budget Brief is a general guide summarising some of the main features of the proposed Budget, including Economic and Budget commentary, and Tax Highlights.
Many international and local companies have introduced products responding to changing consumer needs and consumer preferences shifting to more sustainable behaviour – these include products targeting new and growing industry sectors, products with a ‘green’ element and products responding to new and increasing risks.