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Kenya-Ethiopia trade relations
  • Kenya-Ethiopia trade relations have been on the rise in the past 27 years, with Kenya having the upper hand. 
  • Ethiopia, on the other hand, recorded an increase at an annualised rate of 23.7 per cent.
  • During the Meeting Kenyan investors also undertook exhibitions showcasing some of their products.

Kenya and Ethiopia have renewed the push to streamline the bottlenecks that are hampering trade growth between the two states. A delegation of the National Assembly to the Kenya-Ethiopia Trade and Investment Mission held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has rooted for the speedy removal of bottlenecks hampering cross-border trade between both Nations.

Kenya and Ethiopia have engaged in bilateral trade across multiple sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, energy, and services, with the balance of trade hugely in favour of Kenya. In 2022, Kenya exported $95.1M (Sh12.8billion) to Ethiopia, mainly Palm Oil $12.4M (Sh1.7billion), Metal Stoppers $7.95M (Sh1.1billion), and Yeast $6.92M (Sh934million).

This compares …

Debt crisis in Africa
  • There is a debt crisis in Africa as countries struggle to repay international loans. 
  • According to the World Bank, nine African countries entered 2024 in debt distress, with another 15 at high risk of distress and 14 more categorised as moderate risk.
  • According to the United Nations, Africa’s public debt will stay above pre-pandemic levels in 2024 and 2025.

At 4 per cent, Africa is projected to be the second fastest-growing economic region in the world in 2024,  according to a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, behind the headline figure is a less optimistic reality.

Many African countries have suffered from slow post-COVID-19 recovery, climate change shocks, worsening food security situation, political instability, weak global growth, and high-interest rates. These economic shocks have pushed over 55 million people into poverty since 2020. The situation is increasingly alarming as more than half of the continent’s countries are in …

Africa's electricity access 2024
  • Energy experts warn that the shortages that plague Africa’s electricity access in 2024 will have a significant drain on the continent’s economic growth.
  • World Bank will connect 300 million Africans to electricity with a $35 billion plan.
  • Africa is poised to adapt to transformative advancements that will reshape the landscape of energy access, storage, and connectivity across the continent.

Africa remains the most energy-deficient continent, with approximately 75 per cent of its population lacking access to electricity. As of 2021, 43 per cent of Africans, roughly 600 million people, were without electricity access, with 590 million in sub-Saharan Africa. Consequently, nearly half of the continent’s population is unable to use basic electrical appliances.

Despite improvements in electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa, where 49.4 per cent of the population had access in 2022, up from 33 per cent in 2010, electricity consumption has not seen a corresponding increase. The persistent lack …

Africa's agribusiness sector
  • Africa’s agribusiness sector is undergoing significant transformations driven by population growth, urbanisation, technological advancements, and shifting consumer preferences.
  • Alongside their role in stimulating economic growth, agribusiness and agro-industrial development have the potential to reduce poverty and foster social and economic growth. 
  • Technological advancements and digital transformations are revolutionising agribusiness in Africa, offering transformative opportunities.

Africa’s agribusiness sector potential

Agribusiness in Africa is undergoing significant transformations driven by population growth, urbanisation, technological advancements, and shifting consumer preferences. As a continent with abundant agricultural resources, Africa holds immense potential for agribusiness development.

African economic growth remains commodity-based, mainly on commodity exports, with minimal processing and value addition involved. To foster sustainable and inclusive growth and development in Africa, there is an urgent need to promote a new development approach based on exploiting the continent’s full agribusiness potential.

Some pressing issues call for a reorientation to support agribusiness and agro-industrial development, namely, poverty …

Kenya Ports Authority
  • Kenya Ports Authority handled 37,576 metric tons  of cargo in 2023, according to its Managing Director.
  • The KPA MD revealed the gantry cranes were procured to the tune of $31,493,808
  • One of the notable recent investments by KPA is the construction of the second phase of the Lamu Port.

The Lamu port is poised to become a key driver of economic growth and regional integration, according to industry players.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Captain William Ruto said the impressive statistics underscore the vital role that the Lamu port plays in facilitating trade and driving growth in the region.

He added that this results from its container capacity of 1.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) across its three berths of 4000 meters each.

 “The Lamu facility is poised to become a key driver of economic growth and regional integration,” he pointed out.

Captain Ruto disclosed last year that …

Africa's economic growth
  • Following a slow recovery from the debilitating impact of COVID-19, Africa’s economic growth declined to an estimated 3.8 per cent in 2022 and later deteriorated to 3. ( 3 per cent in 2023.
  • Africa is not immune to economic shocks and has recently faced a multi-crisis situation.
  • African countries have posted more than 5 per cent output expansions in 2024.

Africas economic outlook

Before COVID-19, Africa experienced 20 years of solid growth and made tangible economic and social progress. However, the COVID crisis brought this progress to an abrupt halt, and many countries, which are under increasingly tight budget constraints, struggled to invest in essential sectors amidst recovering from the aftermath of the health crisis.

Following a slow recovery from the debilitating impact of COVID-19, Africa’s economic growth declined to an estimated 3.8 per cent in 2022 and later deteriorated to 3.3 per cent in 2023.

However, according …

Minimum capital requirement
  • The Central Bank of Nigeria has decided to increase the minimum capital requirement for lenders to bolster the country’s economy.
  • Nigerian banks now face weaker capital ratios and higher impaired loans.
  • The last time Nigeria recapitalised its banking sector dates back to 2004.

Minimum capital requirement for lenders

Following the surge in inflation levels, a deteriorating economy, and the plummeting of the Naira, the CBN has decided to increase the minimum capital requirement for lenders to bolster the country’s economy.

Under the new regulations, the Central Bank of Nigeria has raised the capital threshold for international banks to $359 million …

  • Early last year, another German shoe line announced an investment of $2.66 million to expand its presence in Kenya by 2025.
  • The distribution centre is at the Freight Forwarders Solutions warehouse in Tatu City.
  • In recent years, German firms have shown increasing interest and investment in East Africa.

German-based cleaning equipment manufacturer Karcher has announced an approximate $3.25 million investment in the Kenyan market. The firm is setting up a regional distribution centre in Nairobi as a business expansion strategy to evade the toughening global import supply chain due to high logistics costs resulting from pirate attacks in the Red Sea corridor.

The distribution centre is at the …

AfDB projects in Egypt and Ivory Coast
  • AfDB projects in Egypt and Côte d’Ivoire win at the 2024 Bonds, Loans & ESG Capital Markets Africa Awards.
  • These projects showcase innovative financing, like Egypt’s Panda Bond and Côte d’Ivoire’s Sustainable Loan, promoting sustainable development in Africa.
  • The awards highlight the significance of ESG criteria, demonstrating the Bank’s role in advancing economic sustainability and growth on the continent.

The African Development Bank has been at the forefront of driving significant financial initiatives across Africa, as demonstrated by its involvement in groundbreaking projects in Egypt and Côte d’Ivoire.  The prestigious 2024 Bonds, Loans, and ESG Capital Markets Africa Awards recently honored these projects, highlighting the innovative approach and impact of the bank’s efforts.

Strategic Achievements Through AfDB Projects

Two African Development Bank-supported ventures have garnered top awards in notable recognition of excellence and innovation. Egypt’s groundbreaking RMB3.5bn ($478.7 million) Sustainability Panda Bond issuance clinched the Sovereign, Supra, and Agency …

Dubai Real Estate Vision 2040
  • The ambitious Dubai Real Estate Vision 2040 is set to propel the UAE real estate sector towards a revolutionary expansion period.
  • The International Property Show stands at the vanguard of this dynamic market, offering a platform for local and international exhibitors to unveil their latest projects and forge connections.
  • Through improvements to transportation and social infrastructure, the Master Plan is anticipated to open up numerous economic opportunities, especially in the real estate sector.

Dubai Real Estate Vision 2040 Going Global

Dubai’s International Property Show (IPS) marks its 20th edition, indicating the city’s unyielding allure in the global real estate arena. This prestigious event, inaugurated by His Excellency Engineer Marwan bin Ghalifa, is a showcase and a confluence of innovation, opportunity, and vision, reflecting Dubai’s ambition and strategic trajectory towards the Dubai Urban Plan 2040.

Dubai’s real estate sector is experiencing a vibrant upswing, characterized by robust growth across all domains—residential, …