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South Africa has moved up a notch in terms of its overall competitiveness. This is according to The 2016 Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY). The minimal upward trajectory in South Africa ‘s competitiveness is however scant consolation for an economy that has seen a decline in Real GDP growth per capita from -0.06 in 2016 to -0.46 in 2016.

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The 26thWorld Economic Forum on Africa (WEF Africa) will take place in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, from 11th–13thMay. The annual gathering, which brings together leaders in business, civil society and government from across Africa and the globe, is an influential platform in shaping the continent’s business and policy landscape. This year’s theme is Connecting Africa’s Resources through Digital Transformation.

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Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has widened its investigation into Rolls Royce to examine allegations of suspected bribery in Nigeria, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.

Rolls Royce, the world's second-largest maker of aircraft engines, said in 2013 the SFO had launched a formal investigation into concerns about possible bribery and corruption in China and Indonesia.

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The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) has said that it will keep Nigeria in its benchmark frontier-market index after saying earlier this month that it might exclude the country because of the government's capital controls.

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s desperate efforts to salvage the economy from its slowing growth are bearing fruit.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that a muted South African recovery is envisaged from 2017 and ratings agency Moody’s has given the country a stay of execution on its credit rating.

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The following announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets.

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 Most Asian stock markets slipped on Monday after three consecutive weeks of gains as a retreat in oil prices made investors cautious, but losses were tempered by hopes that China may soon cut interest rates again as pressure on the Yuan eases.

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