Monthly Archives: February 2014

U.S. Investments Surge For African Tech Entrepreneurs

Figures that forward looking US tech investors would be pioneers in investing in Africa. Will others get in the game or continue to be left behind?

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Emerging Markets Exchange Rates & Interest Rates 21 February 2014

 

 

EXCHANGE RATES 2/14/2014 2/21/2014 %CHG
AMERICAS  
   
ARGENTINA 7.7900 7.8375 -0.61%
BRAZIL 2.3875 2.3556 1.35%
CHILE 547.1050 554.1400 -1.27%
COLUMBIA 2022.4500 2,045.2300 -1.11%
COSTA RICA 524.2150 529.8500 -1.06%
JAMAICA 107.5600 107.7600 -0.19%
MEXICO 13.2538 13.2690 -0.11%
PERU 2.8155 2.8065 0.32%
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 6.4100 6.4100 0.00%
VENEZUELA 6.2921 6.2921 0.00%
   
   
AFRICA  
   
BOTSWANA 8.9326 8.9928 -0.67%
COTE D’IVOIRE (CFA) 479.2910 477.2330 0.43%
GHANA 2.5500 2.5200 1.19%
KENYA 86.4000 86.2000 0.23%
NAMIBIA 10.8690 10.9455 -0.70%
NIGERIA 162.9300 165.0000 -1.25%
SENEGAL (CFA) 479.2910 477.2330 0.43%
SOUTH AFRICA 10.8690 10.9455 -0.70%
TANZANIA 1625.0000 1,627.0000 -0.12%
UGANDA 2465.0000 2,460.0000 0.20%
ZAMBIA 5.7300 5.7850 -0.95%
ZAMBIA-Boz Bid 5.6932 5.7742 -1.40%
ZAMBIA-Boz Ask 5.7032 5.7842 -1.40%
ZIMBABWE 378.0000 378.0000 0.00%
   
INDIA 62.0900 62.0750 0.02%
 
 
INTEREST RATES 2/14/2014 2/21/2014
 
UNITED STATES
3 month T-Bill 0.02% 0.05%
6 Month T-Bill 0.07% 0.08%
10 Year T-Bond 2.75% 2.73%
30 Yr Fixed Mortgage-Bankrate.com 4.48% 4.49%
30 Yr Fixed Mortgage-MBA 4.50%
 
 
AMERICAS
 
BRAZIL
SELIC Rate-Daily 10.40% 10.40%
 
MEXICO
3 Month T-Bill 3.40% 3.36%
6 Month T-Bill 3.51% 3.50%
1 Year T-Bill 3.71% 3.69%
 
PERU
Central Bank Reference Rate 4.00% 4.00%
 
AFRICA
 
GHANA
3 Month T-Bill 20.12% 20.79%
6 Month T-Bill 19.85% 20.27%
1 Year T-Bill 17.00% 17.00%
2 Year T-Bill 16.30% 17.50%
3 Year T-Bill 23.00%
5 Year T-Bill
 
KENYA
3 Month T-Bill 9.15% 9.15%
6 Month T-Bill 10.36% 10.36%
1 Year T-Bond 10.67% 10.67%
4 Year T-Bond
 
NAMIBIA
3 month T-Bill
6 Month T-Bill
1 Year T-Bill
 
NIGERIA
91 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
182 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
364 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
91 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 12.10% 12.10%
182 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 13.01% 13.01%
364 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 14.07% 14.07%
 
SOUTH AFRICA
3 Month T-Bill 5.54% 5.50%
6 Month T-Bill 6.06% 6.07%
1 Year T-Bill 6.54% 6.58%
10.5% (2026) 8.75% 8.65%
13.5% (2015) 7.16% 7.34%
 
UGANDA
3 month T-Bill 9.27% 9.27%
6 Month T-Bill
1 Year T-Bill
2 Year T-Bond 13.04% 13.04%
3 Year T-Bond 13.19% 13.19%
5 Year T-Bond 13.92% 13.92%
10 Year T-Bond 13.94% 13.94%
 
ZAMBIA
3 Month T-Bill 8.00% 8.00%
6 Month T-Bill 14.99% 14.99%
1 Year T-Bill 15.30% 15.30%
2 Year T-Bill 14.00% 14.00%
3 Year T-Bill 15.50% 15.00%
5 Year T-Bond 16.50% 16.00%
10 Year T-Bond 18.15% 17.90%
15 Year T-Bond 18.00% 17.90%
INDIA
3 Month T-Bill 9.11% 9.11%
6 Month T-Bill 9.08% 9.08%
1 Year T-Bill 8.97% 9.00%
Base Lending Rate 10.25% 10.25%
Policy Rate 9.00% 9.00%

 

 

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5Cs Welcomes DFID Caribbean Evaluation Team

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Exec Team and DFID Caribbean Team (L-R) Lennox Johnson, Finance Administrator; Dr Ulric Trotz, Deputy Director; Dr Mark Bynoe, Sr Resource Economist; Carlos Fuller, International and Regional Liaison Officer; Rosanne Kadis, Programme Officer, DFID Caribbean; Dr Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director; Alex Harvey, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Team Leader, DFID Caribbean; Sharon Lindo, International and Regional Cooperation Officer; Keith Nichols, Sr Programme Development Specialist; and Clay Hope, Project Officer

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre welcomed Caribbean representatives from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (UK-DFID) to its offices yesterday. The team, which is conducting an annual project evaluation, includes Alex Harvey, climate change and disaster risk reduction team leader, and Rosanne Kadir, programme officer.

The UK-DFID is providing up to £4.9 million from the International Climate Fund, between October 2011 and March 2015, to support a programme of priority actions in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)Regional Framework for Achieving Development Resilient to Climate…

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Emerging Markets Exchange Rates & Interest Rates 14 February 2014

 

 

EXCHANGE RATES 2/7/2014 2/14/2014 %CHG
AMERICAS    
     
ARGENTINA 7.8555 7.7900 0.84%
BRAZIL 2.3908 2.3875 0.14%
CHILE 554.0350 547.1050 1.27%
COLUMBIA 2,050.2300 2022.4500 1.37%
COSTA RICA 525.8800 524.2150 0.32%
JAMAICA 107.3700 107.5600 -0.18%
MEXICO 13.3525 13.2538 0.74%
PERU 2.8215 2.8155 0.21%
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 6.4100 6.4100 0.00%
VENEZUELA 6.2921 6.2921 0.00%
   
   
AFRICA  
   
BOTSWANA 8.9969 8.9326 0.72%
COTE D’IVOIRE (CFA) 481.6660 479.2910 0.50%
GHANA 2.4100 2.5500 -5.49%
KENYA 86.0000 86.4000 -0.46%
NAMIBIA 11.0790 10.8690 1.93%
NIGERIA 163.3700 162.9300 0.27%
SENEGAL (CFA) 481.6660 479.2910 0.50%
SOUTH AFRICA 11.0790 10.8690 1.93%
TANZANIA 1,621.0000 1625.0000 -0.25%
UGANDA 2,467.0000 2465.0000 0.08%
ZAMBIA 5.6100 5.7300 -2.09%
ZAMBIA-Boz Bid 5.5985 5.6932 -1.66%
ZAMBIA-Boz Ask 5.6085 5.7032 -1.66%
ZIMBABWE 378.0000 378.0000 0.00%
   
INDIA 62.3600 62.0900 0.43%
 
 
INTEREST RATES 2/7/2014 2/14/2014
 
UNITED STATES
3 month T-Bill 0.08% 0.02%
6 Month T-Bill 0.09% 0.07%
10 Year T-Bond 2.71% 2.75%
30 Yr Fixed Mortgage-Bankrate.com 4.43% 4.48%
30 Yr Fixed Mortgage-MBA 4.45%
 
 
AMERICAS
 
BRAZIL
SELIC Rate-Daily 10.40% 10.40%
 
MEXICO
3 Month T-Bill 3.41% 3.40%
6 Month T-Bill 3.51% 3.51%
1 Year T-Bill 3.69% 3.71%
 
PERU
Central Bank Reference Rate 4.00% 4.00%
 
AFRICA
 
GHANA
3 Month T-Bill 19.52% 20.12%
6 Month T-Bill 19.34% 19.85%
1 Year T-Bill 17.00% 17.00%
2 Year T-Bill 16.00% 16.30%
3 Year T-Bill
5 Year T-Bill
 
KENYA
3 Month T-Bill 9.17% 9.15%
6 Month T-Bill 10.34% 10.36%
1 Year T-Bond 10.67% 10.67%
4 Year T-Bond
 
NAMIBIA
3 month T-Bill
6 Month T-Bill
1 Year T-Bill
 
NIGERIA
91 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
182 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
364 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
91 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 12.10% 12.10%
182 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 13.01% 13.01%
364 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 14.07% 14.07%
 
SOUTH AFRICA
3 Month T-Bill 5.59% 5.54%
6 Month T-Bill 6.13% 6.06%
1 Year T-Bill 6.79% 6.54%
10.5% (2026) 8.69% 8.75%
13.5% (2015) 7.09% 7.16%
 
UGANDA
3 month T-Bill 9.27% 9.27%
6 Month T-Bill
1 Year T-Bill
2 Year T-Bond 13.04% 13.04%
3 Year T-Bond 13.19% 13.19%
5 Year T-Bond 13.92% 13.92%
10 Year T-Bond 13.92% 13.94%
 
ZAMBIA
3 Month T-Bill 8.00% 8.00%
6 Month T-Bill 14.99% 14.99%
1 Year T-Bill 15.30% 15.30%
2 Year T-Bill 14.00% 14.00%
3 Year T-Bill 15.50% 15.50%
5 Year T-Bond 16.50% 16.50%
10 Year T-Bond 18.15% 18.15%
15 Year T-Bond 18.00% 18.00%
INDIA
3 Month T-Bill 8.98% 9.11%
6 Month T-Bill 8.95% 9.08%
1 Year T-Bill 8.97% 8.97%
Base Lending Rate 10.25% 10.25%
Policy Rate 9.00% 9.00%

 

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Emerging Markets Exchange Rates & Interest Rates – 7 February 2014

 

 

EXCHANGE RATES 1/31/2014 2/7/2014 %CHG
AMERICAS
 
ARGENTINA 8.0200 7.8555 2.09%
BRAZIL 2.4218 2.3908 1.30%
CHILE 556.2750 554.0350 0.40%
COLUMBIA 2,023.7800 2,050.2300 -1.29%
COSTA RICA 512.5100 525.8800 -2.54%
JAMAICA 107.1900 107.3700 -0.17%
MEXICO 13.3818 13.3525 0.22%
PERU 2.8215 2.8215 0.00%
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 6.4100 6.4100 0.00%
VENEZUELA 6.2921 6.2921 0.00%
 
 
AFRICA
 
BOTSWANA 9.1366 8.9969 1.55%
COTE D’IVOIRE (CFA) 486.4170 481.6660 0.99%
GHANA 2.3800 2.4100 -1.24%
KENYA 86.4500 86.0000 0.52%
NAMIBIA 11.1688 11.0790 0.81%
NIGERIA 162.2500 163.3700 -0.69%
SENEGAL (CFA) 486.4170 481.6660 0.99%
SOUTH AFRICA 11.1688 11.0790 0.81%
TANZANIA 1,624.0000 1,621.0000 0.19%
UGANDA 2,475.0000 2,467.0000 0.32%
ZAMBIA 5.5850 5.6100 -0.45%
ZAMBIA-Boz Bid 5.5765 5.5985 -0.39%
ZAMBIA-Boz Ask 5.5865 5.6085 -0.39%
ZIMBABWE 378.0000 378.0000 0.00%
 
INDIA 62.6550 62.3600 0.47%
 
 
INTEREST RATES 1/31/2014 2/7/2014
 
UNITED STATES
3 month T-Bill 0.02% 0.08%
6 Month T-Bill 0.06% 0.09%
10 Year T-Bond 2.67% 2.71%
30 Yr Fixed Mortgage-Bankrate.com 4.50% 4.43%
30 Yr Fixed Mortgage-MBA 4.47%
 
 
AMERICAS
 
BRAZIL
SELIC Rate-Daily 10.40% 10.40%
 
MEXICO
3 Month T-Bill 3.43% 3.41%
6 Month T-Bill 3.57% 3.51%
1 Year T-Bill 3.69%
 
PERU
Central Bank Reference Rate 4.00% 4.00%
 
AFRICA
 
GHANA
3 Month T-Bill 19.62% 19.52%
6 Month T-Bill 19.44% 19.34%
1 Year T-Bill 17.00% 17.00%
2 Year T-Bill 16.00% 16.00%
3 Year T-Bill
5 Year T-Bill
 
KENYA
3 Month T-Bill 9.17% 9.17%
6 Month T-Bill 10.34% 10.34%
1 Year T-Bond 10.67% 10.67%
4 Year T-Bond
 
NAMIBIA
3 month T-Bill
6 Month T-Bill
1 Year T-Bill
 
NIGERIA
91 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
182 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
364 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
91 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 11.05% 12.10%
182 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 12.70% 13.01%
364 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 13.92% 14.07%
 
SOUTH AFRICA
3 Month T-Bill 5.18% 5.59%
6 Month T-Bill 5.57% 6.13%
1 Year T-Bill 5.88% 6.79%
10.5% (2026) 8.83% 8.69%
13.5% (2015) 7.29% 7.09%
 
UGANDA
3 month T-Bill 8.76% 9.27%
6 Month T-Bill
1 Year T-Bill
2 Year T-Bond 13.04% 13.04%
3 Year T-Bond 13.19% 13.19%
5 Year T-Bond 13.92% 13.92%
10 Year T-Bond 13.92% 13.92%
 
ZAMBIA
3 Month T-Bill 8.00% 8.00%
6 Month T-Bill 14.99% 14.99%
1 Year T-Bill 15.40% 15.30%
2 Year T-Bill 14.00% 14.00%
3 Year T-Bill 15.50% 15.50%
5 Year T-Bond 16.50% 16.50%
10 Year T-Bond 18.15% 18.15%
15 Year T-Bond 18.00% 18.00%
INDIA
3 Month T-Bill 8.90% 8.98%
6 Month T-Bill 8.95% 8.95%
1 Year T-Bill 8.67% 8.97%
Base Lending Rate 10.25% 10.25%
Policy Rate 9.00% 9.00%

 

 

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Emerging Markets Exchange Rates & Interest Rates – 31 January 2014

 

 

EXCHANGE RATES 1/24/2014 1/31/2014 %CHG
AMERICAS
 
ARGENTINA 8.0400 8.0200 0.25%
BRAZIL 2.4125 2.4218 -0.38%
CHILE 551.5950 556.2750 -0.84%
COLUMBIA 2,001.8900 2,023.7800 -1.08%
COSTA RICA 504.3450 512.5100 -1.59%
JAMAICA 106.7000 107.1900 -0.46%
MEXICO 13.5050 13.3818 0.92%
PERU 2.8225 2.8215 0.04%
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 6.4100 6.4100 0.00%
VENEZUELA 6.2921 6.2921 0.00%
 
 
AFRICA
 
BOTSWANA 9.0293 9.1366 -1.17%
COTE D’IVOIRE (CFA) 479.3080 486.4170 -1.46%
GHANA 2.4300 2.3800 2.10%
KENYA 85.9000 86.4500 -0.64%
NAMIBIA 11.1121 11.1688 -0.51%
NIGERIA 160.4500 162.2500 -1.11%
SENEGAL (CFA) 479.3080 486.4170 -1.46%
SOUTH AFRICA 11.1121 11.1688 -0.51%
TANZANIA 1,620.0000 1,624.0000 -0.25%
UGANDA 2,477.0000 2,475.0000 0.08%
ZAMBIA 5.5250 5.5850 -1.07%
ZAMBIA-Boz Bid 5.5209 5.5765 -1.00%
ZAMBIA-Boz Ask 5.5309 5.5865 -1.00%
ZIMBABWE 378.0000 378.0000 0.00%
 
INDIA 62.4900 62.6550 -0.26%
 
 
INTEREST RATES 1/24/2014 1/31/2014
 
UNITED STATES
3 month T-Bill 0.04% 0.02%
6 Month T-Bill 0.06% 0.06%
10 Year T-Bond 2.75% 2.67%
30 Yr Fixed Mortgage-Bankrate.com 4.56% 4.50%
30 Yr Fixed Mortgage-MBA 4.52%
 
 
AMERICAS
 
BRAZIL
SELIC Rate-Daily 10.40% 10.40%
 
MEXICO
3 Month T-Bill 3.41% 3.43%
6 Month T-Bill 3.56% 3.57%
1 Year T-Bill
 
PERU
Central Bank Reference Rate 4.00% 4.00%
 
AFRICA
 
GHANA
3 Month T-Bill 19.60% 19.62%
6 Month T-Bill 19.43% 19.44%
1 Year T-Bill 17.00% 17.00%
2 Year T-Bill 16.50% 16.00%
3 Year T-Bill
5 Year T-Bill
 
KENYA
3 Month T-Bill 9.17% 9.17%
6 Month T-Bill 10.34% 10.34%
1 Year T-Bond 10.67% 10.67%
4 Year T-Bond
 
NAMIBIA
3 month T-Bill
6 Month T-Bill
1 Year T-Bill
 
NIGERIA
91 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
182 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
364 Day Gov’t Security-OMO
91 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 11.20% 11.05%
182 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 12.59% 12.70%
364 Day Gov’t Security-PMO 13.63% 13.92%
 
SOUTH AFRICA
3 Month T-Bill 5.16% 5.18%
6 Month T-Bill 5.54% 5.57%
1 Year T-Bill 5.80% 5.88%
10.5% (2026) 8.48% 8.83%
13.5% (2015) 6.36% 7.29%
 
UGANDA
3 month T-Bill 8.76% 8.76%
6 Month T-Bill
1 Year T-Bill
2 Year T-Bond 13.04% 13.04%
3 Year T-Bond 14.13% 13.19%
5 Year T-Bond 13.92% 13.92%
10 Year T-Bond 14.38% 13.92%
 
ZAMBIA
3 Month T-Bill 8.00% 8.00%
6 Month T-Bill 14.99% 14.99%
1 Year T-Bill 15.40% 15.40%
2 Year T-Bill 14.00% 14.00%
3 Year T-Bill 15.50% 15.50%
5 Year T-Bond 16.50% 16.50%
10 Year T-Bond 18.15% 18.15%
15 Year T-Bond 18.00% 18.00%
INDIA
3 Month T-Bill 8.69% 8.90%
6 Month T-Bill 8.71% 8.95%
1 Year T-Bill 8.67% 8.67%
Base Lending Rate 10.25% 10.25%
Policy Rate 8.75% 9.00%

 

 

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Caribbean Green Tech Incubator Launched

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The Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) was launched today (Monday, January 27, 2014) at the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad and Tobago. The World Bank/infoDev initiative, which is being administered by the Jamaica-based Scientific Research Council and Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI), will function as an incubator for businesses solving climate change problems and promote investment in green technology in the region. The Centre is one of eight globally, as others are located in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa and Vietnam.

The Centre will provide grant funding of up to US$50,000.00 to MSMEs/ entities to assist them in developing prototypes for commercialization.

The Centre’s five focus areas are:
  • Solar Energy – e.g. Residential and commercial self generation, residential and commercial water heating, solar powered air conditioning
  • Resource Use Efficiency – e.g. waste-to energy, materials recovery, reuse and recycling
  • Sustainable Agribusiness – e.g. water/…

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