Steep regional recession, default risks growing

Sub-Saharan Africa is set for one of its worst downturns in decades this year. The hardest hit economies are likely to be South Africa (due to its stringent lockdown measures), the large oil producers (Nigeria and Angola), and tourism dependent economies (Mauritius and Botswana). And given the difficulty of containing the virus on the continent, there is a real risk that the damage caused by social distancing is more protracted than elsewhere. The fiscal cost of the crisis will push many African countries towards debt restructuring.
William Jackson Chief Emerging Markets Economist
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Recoveries trembling under new virus variant threat

A concerning new virus variant identified in Southern Africa has already prompted the re-imposition of restrictions on travellers from the region and triggered a flight to safety in global financial markets. A tightening of local containment measures is likely to follow, dampening economic activity, and the threat of a new virus wave will linger.
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CBN maintains interest rates, but hints at policy shift

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23 November 2021

Africa Economics Weekly

African central banks and the EM rate hike club

This week, the South African Reserve Bank joined its EM counterparts in tightening monetary policy, but we don’t think that policymakers in South Africa will raise interest rates as aggressively as central banks across Emerging Europe and Latin America. Elsewhere, a further fall in inflation last month and soft Q3 GDP figures mean that Nigeria’s central bank is unlikely to join the EM rate hike club any time soon.

19 November 2021

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Latin America Data Response

Brazil Industrial Production (Apr.)

The worse-than-expected 1.3% m/m decline in Brazilian industrial production in April is likely to be followed by a partial recovery last month. That said, the latest surveys suggest that activity in the industrial sector hasn’t picked up to the same extent as other parts of the economy.

2 June 2021

Latin America Data Response

Brazil GDP (Q1 2021)

The 1.2% q/q expansion in Brazil’s GDP suggests that the economy held up well during the country’s second virus wave and more timely figures point to a rapid recovery from the more recent third wave. These figures will keep the central bank on track to hike the Selic rate by a further 75bp (to 4.25%) when it meets in June and it looks increasingly likely that it will flag another 75bp hike in August too.

1 June 2021

Emerging Markets Trade Monitor

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EM exports are set to hit a new high in Q2, which will help to support economic growth, particularly in East Asia where virus cases are hitting domestic economies. While EM exports are likely to come off their current highs, they will probably stay at elevated levels throughout the rest of the year.

27 May 2021
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