News & Analysis: Angola

The economic resilience of African countries offers a template for growth in a post-COVID-19 era

“As Africa braces for a head-on collision with coronavirus with the World Bank announcing its first recession in 25 years, the continent can eventually look forward to many post-COVID-19 recovery and growth narratives. Public and private leaders should draw on past experiences to face the economic challenges of COVID-19.”

via Quartz Africa

Coronavirus in Africa: Prison fever

“What are the consequences of the pandemic on the living conditions in African prisons?”

via Prison Insider

COVID-19 in Africa: From Disruption to Opportunities for Sustainable Intra-African Maritime Security Cooperation

“The COVID-19 pandemic presents a rare opportunity for enhanced intra-African cooperation in the history of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, and indeed coastal states throughout the African continent.”

via African Leadership Centre

Macro Notes: BoP Shocks in Sub-Saharan Africa

“External deficits will likely persist despite significantly weaker domestic demand and import compression. Although SSA countries export a diverse range of commodities, prices for most major exports have fallen in recent months.”

via IIF

The Post-COVID-19 Economic Challenges for the African Continent

The post-pandemic world will be a less forgiving one, writes Professor Danny Leipziger on African debt distress in the wake of COVID-19.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Are African Countries Easing Lockdown Too Early?

“Many are replacing lockdowns with curfews and mandatory facemasks in public spaces alongside the basic social distancing measures, while pushing up domestic production by local textiles and apparel factories to repurpose as well as small-scale tailors to meet demand for masks.”

via Development Reimagined

Southern Africa’s agricultural producers fear export losses from COVID-19

“From Angola to Zimbabwe, Southern Africa’s fragile economies are rattled by the coronavirus pandemic. Countries in the region have declared states of emergency and imposed lockdowns, shutting borders, sea ports and reducing daily business activity in order to curb the spread of the virus and protect vulnerable communities. The impact on agricultural producers and informal traders is likely to be severe.”

via African Business Magazine

How to ensure Africa has the financial resources to address COVID-19 (podcast)

“In Africa’s case, the economic crisis actually preceded the health crisis because it started out in the advanced economies and also in China. Africa began to feel the effects before it started to register a significant number of cases on the continent.”

via Brookings Institution

Which emerging markets are in most financial peril?

“As the pandemic wreaks havoc on economies and public finances, the natural question is: who’s next? More than 100 countries, including South Africa, have asked the imf for help.”

via The Economist

As Oil Collapses, so Does a Vital Source of African Revenue

“Accompanying the misery of the coronavirus pandemic has been an ongoing crisis in the oil industry. While the scale and tragedy of the coronavirus is front and center in our minds, the collapse of oil is more abstract, and its long term consequences will be serious.”

via Council on Foreign Relations