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Recession to hit Africa hard, as fragile economies feel the COVID-19 heat

During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa the disease brought the economies of the region to its knees. The overall impact of the Ebola crisis on Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone was estimated by the World Bank to have hit $2.8 billion ($600 million for Guinea, $300 million for Liberia, and $1.9 billion for Sierra Leone). This included the shocks in 2014 and 2015, and 2016 as the economic impact is outlasting the epidemiological impact.

The economies of the region remained in recession for a while and the countries are still showing signs of human capital loss as well as economic stagnation. Liberia lost 8% of its doctors, nurses, and midwives to Ebola. Sierra Leone and Guinea lost 7% and 1% of their healthcare workers, respectively.

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany were the top donors to the international Ebola response, donating more than $3.611 billion (US$) …

Angola set to attract more FDI into oil and gas sector

Angola’s reforms in the oil sector including at national oil company Sonangol , are already yielding positive results, with 30 per cent of the company set to be privatized by 2022.

Sector reforms are set to be supported by an investment campaign drive by Africa Oil & Power including the Angola Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition on June 2020, at the Talatona Convention Center.

The conference will be a global drive which will present opportunities to a targeted audience of relevant investors.

H.E. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Angola’s Minister of Mineral Resources and said that the government had made noteworthy progress in its efforts to restructure the oil and gas sector.

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Angola’s initial achievements include significant reduction of costs at the national oil company (NOC) Sonangol which has led to the government decision to list up to 30 per …


Ethiopia emerged as the largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in East Africa, a new report released by financial consulting firm EY shows.

The 2019 survey carried out by EY Attractiveness showed that Ethiopia attracted foreign investments worth Ksh.726.6 billion last year compared to Kenya’s foreign investments, which stood at Ksh.207.6 billion in the same period.

Tanzania’s foreign investment stood at Ksh.103.8 billion.

According to the report, the FDI Ethiopia received translated to 16,000 jobs from 29 projects, while Kenya created 6,000 jobs from 64 projects and Tanzania created 3,000 jobs from 19 projects.

An expert said that Ethiopia’s “efficient” business environment has helped its much higher FDI flow compared to the rest of the region.

Mr Francis Kamau, a tax partner at audit and consultancy EY East Africa said,” “Ethiopia has affordable electricity supply and is served by an efficient airline”.

Mr Kamau also added that Ethiopia has …