macroafricaintel Daily Brief | 15 Jan

By Rafiq Raji, PhD
Twitter: @DrRafiqRaji, @macroafrica

Global Markets
• Wall Street cheers Biden’s $1.9 tln rescue package for hard-hit economy
• US says Capitol rioters meant to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials – filing
• Asia shares turn lower as recovery concerns resurface
• China steals march on West in developing nations’ vaccine rollout
• Oil mixed as China lockdowns raise demand questions
• Brent down 3 cents at $56.69, WTI up 12 cents at $53.69 (0133GMT)
• Gold rises on US stimulus hopes, dovish Fed stance
• Spot gold up 0.1% at $1,848.75/oz., futures flat at $1,851 (0548GMT)

Key African events or data releases today
[Posts & comments at my Twitter handles @DrRafiqRaji, @macroafrica]
• Uganda counts votes of general elections
• Ghana parliament makes determination on division in hung parliament
• Kenya’s Nairobi MCAs vet governor nominee Kananu; subject to court ruling
• Nigeria inflation Dec-20 [fcst. 15.8% yy, prev. 14.9%]
• South Africa’s Eskom implements stage 2 loadshedding (14-17 Jan)
• Covid-19 updates by authorities across the continent

Key African events or data releases yesterday & early a.m today
Reuters
• 46 civilians feared killed in eastern Congo attack, official says
• Major violations of international law at Tigray refugee camps: UN
• UN calls for probe into Camerron army attack on civilians
• Ugandans choose between longtime leader and popstar politician
• South Africa’s Pick n Pay CEO Brasher to retire in April
• Africa cannot relax now Covid-19 vaccines are coming, health boss says
• Emirates temporarily suspends flights to South Africa
• 3 UN peacekeepers killed, 5 wounded in Mali attack
• AU secures 270 mln covid-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers
• Cameroon army killed civilians in village raid, witnesses and lawyer say
• Uganda orders internet blackout until further notice – MTN
• South Africa central bank to hold repo at record low through 2021
• Darfur displaced fearful as UN peackeepers hand over to local forces

Bloomberg
• Mysterious Ethiopia wheat deals complicate fight against hunger
• South Africa sees vaccine deal terms finalized within a month
• Liquidators want more power to probe South Africa bitcoin trader
• Sudan to work with South Sudan in bid to double oil production
• South Africa miners can scale up vaccination, Sibanye says
• Bank’s assets targeted over Shell’s $479 mln Nigeria debt
• South Africa may restart covid unemployment relief, unions say
• AU secures 270 mln vaccines from 3 drugmakers
• Nigeria’s Lagos boosts infrastructure spend after youth protests
• Mozambique pushes for Total to restart $20 bln project
• South Africa power cuts expected for days as new plant fails
• Nigeria plans covid-19 vaccination for 40% of population in 2021
• Researchers detect covid-19 variant unique to Kenya, Nation says

N.B. Full stories of above headlines are available on Reuters & Bloomberg

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