Emerging Markets Update: South Africa, Nigeria & Togo
In focus: South Africa, Nigeria & Togo
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivers latest budget this week. However most economists surveyed still expect Moody’s to downgrade the country to junk this year | Main concern surrounds the credibility of the plan to rein in government debt | Bailouts for state-owned companies including Eskom and SAA have further increased the debt concerns.
Nigeria Nigeria’s economy expanded 2.27% in 2019, the most since 2015 as the central bank took steps to boost credit; and oil output increased | The IMF recently lowered growth forecasts for 2020 from 2.5% to 2% with West Africa’s largest economy looking to diversify away from oil which makes up almost 10% of total GDP.
Togo Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe declared an electoral victory with official preliminary results showing a landslide win | When confirmed, the win will give Gnassingbe a fourth term - continuing a family dynasty that begin following a coup in 1967 | Figures released by the electoral commission show Gnassingbe winning 72% of the vote ahead of his nearest rival with 18%.
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