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Francophone Africa’s economic outlook for 2021 and beyond: Understanding the post-COVID recovery trajectory across the region

Broadcast on Mar 24, 2021 from Livestream: Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Francophone Africa 2021 Virtual

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African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim)

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Citi

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Development Bank of Southern Africa

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  • Hydrocarbon vs. agrarian based economies: Which sectors and economies are proving resilient post-pandemic, and where is there a more staggered recovery
  • Which countries are facing up the biggest debt scars from the pandemic crisis? Are there sufficient FX reserve buffers available at the regional central banks?
  • What the is the likely path of sovereign ratings for CFA countries in the market
  • What is the likelihood of an XOF or XAF currency devaluation? Will we soon see progress with any move away from the French Treasury and towards the Eco?
Africa

Moderator

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

GFC Media Group

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson

Chief Executive Officer at GFC Media Group

Alex is Founder and CEO of GFC Media Group. He is responsible for shaping the business strategy as well as overseeing the day-to-day running of the company. Launched in 2009 focusing on capital markets conferences in the GCC, the business today operates across 4 continents and delivers market intelligence and peer-to-peer discussion to over 10,000 senior finance and investment executives per year.

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GFC Media Group transitioned its entire business online, having spent 10 years only delivering Live conferences and roundtables.

Prior to starting GFC Media Group, Alex worked in various roles in media, research, and events. He has a degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Durham.

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Alex Johnson

Speakers

Biola Babawale

Biola Babawale

Biola Babawale

Sovereign Strategist at Union Bancaire Privée

Union Bancaire Privée

Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Emerging Markets Strategist

M&G Investments

Greg Smith

Greg Smith

Emerging Markets Strategist at M&G Investments

Gregory Smith is part of the fund management team at M&G Investments. He is focused on emerging market sovereign debt, with a particular interest in frontier sovereigns in the Middle East and Africa. He has a PhD in quantitative economics, plus expertise in finance and assessing political risk. Prior to joining M&G he was a senior economist and sovereign debt advisor at the World Bank where he did stints covering East Asia and Africa, with time spent in Mongolia, Vietnam, Ghana, Zambia, Cameroon and Gabon. He began his career on the Overseas Development Institute’s fellowship scheme, working as an economist in the Ugandan finance ministry. His research includes investing with an Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) lens, sovereign debt management, and what future sovereign debt restructuring might look like.

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