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AfDB Calls For Bridging Of Africa’s Capital, Bankable Projects

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AfDB Calls For Bridging Of Africa's Capital, Bankable Projects

The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) says there is the need to bridge the gap between Africa’s available capital and bankable projects since it requires between 600 and billion dollars annually for development.

AfDB’s “African Economic Outlook 2018’’, financing Africa’s development report notes that out of the said amount, between 130 billion dollars and 170 billion dollars was needed for infrastructure yearly.

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The AfDB, however, said it was working with other multilateral development partners and stakeholders to tackle the continent’s massive infrastructure and development needs.

To this end, the bank said it had concluded plans to organise its First Africa Investment Forum (AIF).

The bank said that the Forum, an innovative investment market place would bring together project sponsors, pension funds, Sovereign Wealth Funds, private investors, and policy makers.

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According to the bank, the Forum will also bring together private equity firms, and heads of governments to raise capital to advance Africa’s economic transformation agenda.

It said that the Forum would be 100 per cent transaction-based, with focus on structuring deals, screening and enhancing projects, as well as attracting co-investors.

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The bank noted that the Forum, scheduled to hold between Nov. 7 and Nov. 9, in Johannesburg, would also facilitate transactions to unlock Africa’s multi-billion dollar investment opportunities.

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Boeing Shares Continue To Slide As Countries Ground 737 MAX Planes

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Boeing Testing Software Changes To 737 MAX Planes

Boeing shares have continued to slide on Tuesday as a growing list of countries move to ground the aircraft manufacturer’s 737 MAX model jets after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday killing a hundred fifty-seven persons.

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Boeing’s stock price has fallen nearly twelve percent since the accident, erasing roughly twenty-eight billion dollars in value amid concerns the accident could have links to last October’s crash of a 737 MAX 8 operated by Indonesia’s Lion Air. A hundred eighty-nine persons died in that one.

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Although experts warn that it’s too early to know what caused the Ethiopian Airlines crash, both crashes occurred shortly after takeoff. Experts say, that suggests a possible connection.

Bloomberg reports the Boeing 737 is the best selling aircraft in history.  The MAX is its newest version, with more fuel-efficient engines.  It is also generates almost one-third of the airline maker’s operating profit.

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SA Banks Stop Supply Of US Dollars To Zimbabwe

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SA Banks Stop Supply Of US Dollar To Zimbabwe

South African banks have stopped supplying Zimbabwe with U.S Dollar notes saying they want to avoid risk. They cite Zimbabwe`s loss of a hundred correspondent banking relationships in the past few years because of the country`s high risk rating.

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South African banks have been the major sources of U.S dollars for Zimbabwe since 2009.

Zimbabwe Reserve Bank Director, William Wanimanzi says the development is a result of the country`s failure to follow proper dollarization procedures, signs of which he said are now catching up with the country`s fragile economy. He said the country is not officially dollarized because it does not have an agreement with the United States government to use its currency. He says this will make it difficult to take in cash into the economy.

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Zimbabwe Central Bank Abandons Quasi Dollar

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Zimbabwe Central Bank Abandons Quasi Dollar

Zimbabwe Central Bank has abandoned the quasi dollar it introduced in 2016.  The peg of one Zimbabwe dollar to one US dollar has not worked as the black market rate has been in the range of three and a half to four Zimbabwe dollars to one U.S. dollar.

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Economists say this move could lead to jitters in countries that hold the peg, including Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.

Zimbabwe has long been dealing with currency instability that in 2009, it introduced the US dollar, euro, and the South African rand as legal tenders it thought would stem the wild round of hyper-inflation.

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