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11 Sep 2019   Policy, Africa

Benin Minister of Finance on the Country’s Successful Eurobond Debut, Reform, and Development

Benin’s debut Eurobond issuance was one of the top sovereign transactions of 2019, decisively putting the country on the map for EM investors. Bonds & Loans caught up with the country’s young and enthusiastic Minister of Finance, Romuald Wadagni, to discuss the government’s borrowing strategy, the country’s impressive growth story, and progress on key reforms.

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

Despite some positive developments last week, we think the three key issues for risk assets have not been resolved yet. Hong Kong protests continue, while reports suggest the US and China remain far apart. Even Brexit has likely been given only a three month reprieve. We remain negative on EM until these key issues have been ultimately resolved.

Bahrain’s Mumtalakat CEO Eyes Global Investments with Positive Real Economic Impact

Known for a wide range of high-profile investments into companies like automotive heavyweight McLaren Group and metals giant Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), Mumtalakat – Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund – is doubling down on its search for investment opportunities that have a lasting positive impact on the real economy. Several months after it issued a debut sukuk and ahead of its 15-year anniversary, we spoke with Mahmood H Alkooheji, CEO of Mumtalakat, about the fund’s shifting investment and internationalisation strategy, and why the rising prevalence of privatisation in the GCC is a huge investment opportunity.

Time to Reform Africa’s State-Owned Enterprises

State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) play a significant role in the global economy – but in recent years, they have become synonymous with corruption and poor governance. Robert Besseling, Director at EXX Africa unpacks and assesses efforts (or in some cases, lack thereof) to reform.

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

Market sentiment rallied last week on a lot of unsubstantiated claims by President Trump regarding China trade talks. At best, we know there is no further escalation (for now). At worst, the two sides remain far apart, and a deal is unlikely until 2020. That’s no reason to load up on EM. As long as current and planned tariffs are in effect, global growth risks will remain high and EM will continue to suffer.

Brazil: Curb Your Enthusiasm

One of the most important public issues in every country is Social Security. That is normal. Retirement is too serious a matter to be disregarded by the State. Human beings are not always rational and their choices might also be based on subjective factors, such as the importance given to social status. Individuals can choose to consume too much today and not save for retirement. The result would be poverty in old age. This is a problem faced by Japan, where social security rules are very restrictive, but it could easily make its way to Brazil.

Neuberger Berman Emerging Market Debt PM: Biggest Risk to Investors is Commodity Price Swings

This year has seen yet another spate of debut sovereign issuances from across emerging markets (EM). Meanwhile, softening growth in China has tempered the GDP outlook across emerging markets. Bonds & Loans speaks with Kaan Nazli, Senior Economist and emerging markets sovereign debt Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman, about the EM outlook through 2019.

Ashmore: The Path to Averting a Default in Argentina

Investors are suddenly much more concerned about the political transition in Argentina, but default is by no means a certainty, argues Ashmore's Gustavo Medeiros, and opportunities abound.

Is East Africa Changing Its Attitude Towards Chinese Investment?

The recent cancellation of high-profile Chinese infrastructure projects in Tanzania and Kenya does not indicate a shift in attitude towards investment from China, writes Robert Besseling, executive director of EXX Africa.

Turkish Banking Sector Remains Resilient Despite Ongoing Volatility

With GDP growth set to deteriorate and political volatility ever-present, the banking sector still remains exposed to weakening asset quality and currency fluctuations. However, key metrics indicate that, short of a period of severe and prolonged market stress, the banking sector will be able to ride out the next storm.

 

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