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“Triple Shock” of Pandemic, Commodity Plunge and Capital Outflows Shakes Emerging Markets

Emerging economies are in for a rough ride as the crisis escalates, ratings agencies warn, but growth is likely to rebound in 2021 if the pandemic subsides.

31 Mar 2020

Policy Measures to Soften the Blow for Latin America as Pandemic Enters New Phase - Scotiabank

So far, data on the spread of COVID19 in Latin America suggests the worst is yet to come, and the full economic impact on growth will be significant. But the measures already taken – and those being prepared – by governments in the region should soften the blow, a Scotiabank report suggests.

30 Mar 2020

African Development Bank Sells USD3bn ‘Coronabond’ in Effort to Combat COVID-19 on the Continent

The African Development Bank (AfDB) raised USD3bn through the sale of social sustainability bonds in an effort to finance Africa-based initiatives to combat the spread of COVID-19.

30 Mar 2020

Fitch Downgrades Three Nigerian Banks Due to Pressure from COVID-19, Oil Price

The three highest-rated Nigerian banks – Zenith, Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), and United Bank for Africa (UBA) have been downgraded by Fitch.

30 Mar 2020

China Unlikely to See Swift Recovery Despite Industrial Activity Resuming

Tentative signs of an impending recovery as factories reopen should not overshadow the reality that COVID-19’s impact on the Chinese economy will far exceed that of SARS or the global financial crisis, IIF warns.

27 Mar 2020

RBI Swings into Action with Slew of New Measures to Ease Pressure on India’s Credit Market

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday unveiled a series of new measures aimed at relieving some of the pressure on India’s credit markets – which have been rattled by a series of defaults and near-misses in recent weeks.

27 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Could Restart US-China Trade Tensions – Control Risks

With the US likely to fall into a recession combined with widespread social disruption caused by the lockdown, Trump’s re-election this November appears uncertain. Far from soothing tensions between the US and China, the pandemic has heightened them.

27 Mar 2020

Russian Banks Come Under Pressure as Kremlin Tweaks Taxes to Support Pandemic-Hit Economy

The Russian government introduced sweeping changes to the tax regime in order to support businesses and SMEs, while seeking to secure additional revenue streams elsewhere. But while the country’s ample FX reserves should see it fare better than many EM peers, its banking sector – subject to a massive and prolonged consolidation over the past five years – is also feeling the squeeze.

27 Mar 2020

Somalia Lands IMF Funding Deal in Huge Boost to Reform Effort

The IMF has agreed to lend Somalia SDR292.4mn (approx. USD395.5mn) as part of a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) and the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) in a significant boost to the war-torn country’s reform efforts.

26 Mar 2020

World Bank Approves USD500mn Loan to Ethiopia

The World Bank has approved a USD500mn loan to Ethiopia, in order to support the government’s ‘Homegrown Reform Agenda’, underpinned by the Second Ethiopia Growth and Competitiveness Development Policy Operation (DPO).

26 Mar 2020

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