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November 22, 2017
Zimbabwe Update: What’s next as the country enters a new era?

Zimbabwe Update: What’s next as the country enters a new era?

Harare, Nov 22nd 2017 – Early Tuesday evening, November 21st, ex-President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe tendered his resignation with immediate effect as an impeachment hearing to remove him from office was underway in the capital. The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him on Monday.

October 22, 2017
African Development Bank Report: Trade Finance in Africa

African Development Bank Report: Trade Finance in Africa

AfDB, October 2017 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its second Trade Finance in Africa survey report: “Trade Finance in Africa: Overcoming Challenges”. Building on the findings of the maiden 2013 survey, this new report (covering the period 2013–2014) goes even further to discuss new findings within the trade finance landscape in Africa. The objective of this report is to deepen the understanding of the challenges facing bank-intermediated trade finance in Africa.

August 24, 2017
Emerging Market Fund Managers Invest USD22 Billion in Deals: H1 2017

Emerging Market Fund Managers Invest USD22 Billion in Deals: H1 2017

EMPEA, August 2017 – Capital deployed in EM transactions by Fund Managers represents the highest half-year total since EMPEA began reporting on EM investments in 2008. Private capital fund managers, encompassing private equity, infrastructure and private credit funds, invested US$22 billion in disclosed deals in emerging markets in the first six months of 2017.

July 19, 2017
The World Bank & UNCTAD: Responsible Agricultural Investments Workshop 2017

The World Bank & UNCTAD: Responsible Agricultural Investments Workshop 2017

 

Johannesburg, South Africa – On July 12th, the World Bank and UNCTAD hosted a Private Sector Workshop on Responsible Agricultural Investment day, aimed at Emerging Markets and in particular a strong focus on Africa. With Barak’s continuous drive to be the leading alternative financier in Africa and to maintain a focus on responsible investing with its borrowers and projects, two Barak members attended and found the discussions particularly interesting and useful.

May 15, 2017
Fixed Income and Africa-focused Funds Lead Resurgence in Q1 2017

Fixed Income and Africa-focused Funds Lead Resurgence in Q1 2017

HedgeNews Africa Q2 2017 Publication – Fixed Income Funds in the HedgeNews Africa database continued to make gains through March 2017, the HedgeNews Africa Quarterly Journal of the African Alternatives and Hedge Fund Community publication noted. The publication furthermore announced that Africa-focused funds also had a solid start to the year, with the HedgeNews Africa Pan-Africa/AME Index sitting 2.82% higher for the quarter.

April 9, 2017
S&P Rating Downgrade Repercussions: South Africa

S&P Rating Downgrade Repercussions: South Africa

Rationale – The outlook on all the long-term ratings is negative. The reasons for the recent changes are the heightened political and institutional uncertainties that have arisen from the recent changes in executive leadership. The next scheduled rating publication on the sovereign rating of South Africa will be on June 2, 2017.

March 20, 2017
Successful Africa GTR 2017 Trade Finance Week Concludes in Cape Town

Successful Africa GTR 2017 Trade Finance Week Concludes in Cape Town

Africa GTR Trade Finance Week 2017 – The African leg of the Global Trade Review Trade Finance Week finished up on Friday 10th of March down in sunny Cape Town South Africa, with the 11th running of the Event being regarded as another successful week for the market’s leading pan-African trade finance gathering.

January 4, 2017
Hedge Funds Remain Bullish on Commodity Revival in 2017

Hedge Funds Remain Bullish on Commodity Revival in 2017

Bloomberg Markets – Whilst markets in general did not have an easy time in 2016 given the many factors that had a large-scale negative global impact for the year, commodities had a resurgence in 2016, with their first annual advance since 2010. Hedge funds globally are signaling these gains will continue this year for many of the markets, a sign that is sure to generate hype for many investors around the world who have been waiting this sentiment for some hard years.