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Ukrainian corn started to rise in price on world markets due to growing demand for it from China, Turkey, Egypt and EU

Contrary to forecasts, Ukrainian corn has started to rise in price on world markets due to increased demand from China, Turkey, Egypt and the European Union, according to the analytical cooperative “Pusk”, created within the framework of the All-Ukrainian Agrarian Council (AAC).

“The expectations of the trade that with the arrival of a new corn crop from Argentina on the world market, demand and prices for Ukrainian grain would fall, did not materialize. Argentine new crop is sold at higher prices than Ukrainian corn. We can predict a rise in prices for corn from Ukraine in the coming weeks,” the analysts said.

According to them, China is actively contracting Ukrainian corn. Other importers, such as Turkey, Egypt, Italy, and Spain, have also started buying a lot of Ukrainian corn. In seaports, the conditional prices for it have risen to $142-145/ton and have been increasing for a week and a half. The supply is sinking, while demand is stable.

“It can be predicted that amid demand, prices will add $2-3 per tonne per week and reach at least $150/tonne on a CPT basis by the end of March,” the experts emphasized.

They said that in April, the main factor of corn price changes will be the information on the grain harvest in Brazil. In April, there will be more reliable information about the harvest in Brazil: the planted areas, soil moisture, and crop condition. This will affect the global market. If the drought continues in Brazil and the harvest is reduced, the price will rise. But for now, this is one of the scenarios. In case of rainfall in Brazil, the situation on the global corn market will be different.

On a DAP basis, Ukrainian corn is traded for delivery in March-April to Italy, Austria and Germany in the range of $192-197/ton, Pusk summarized.

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Africa’s population growth rate threatens resource scarcity – Egyptian president

Africa’s population growth rate threatens that the continent’s resources will no longer be enough to meet the needs of its inhabitants, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday.

“On the African continent, we will reach the 1.6 billion mark within a few years. Africa is abundant with resources, but they cannot help everyone,” Arab news quoted the president as saying at the first Global Congress on Population, Health and Development, which runs from September 5 to 8 in Cairo.

He noted that the congress should be held annually due to the urgency of the problem.

According to the president, the number of Egyptian citizens reaches 105 million, and in addition to them, there are another 9 million people in the country, but the Egyptian government, unlike some other countries, manages to cope with the related challenges. At the same time, al-Sisi clarified, the ratio between national resources and population growth has become less optimal over the past 75 years, and this has affected the health and education system.

For his part, Egyptian Health Minister Khalid Abdel Ghaffar emphasized that demographic growth is the most serious challenge for the country. Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Sayed noted that although the birth rate has declined, Egypt’s population has grown by another 25 million people over the past 10 years.

Earlier, the Experts Club project released an analytical video about economic relations between Egypt and Ukraine.

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Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and UAE invited to join BRICS

The BRICS member states have decided to invite Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to join the organization, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

“We have decided to invite Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to become full members of BRICS,” Ramaphosa said in a speech at the BRICS summit.

The membership of these countries will become official on January 1, 2024, the South African leader explained.

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Turkey and Egypt raised level of diplomatic relations and appointed ambassadors for first time in 10 years

Turkey and Egypt have upgraded their diplomatic relations to ambassadorial level, appointing them for the first time in 10 years, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
“Turkey and Egypt announce that diplomatic relations between the countries have been upgraded to ambassadorial level,” the media cited excerpts from a Foreign Ministry press release.
Salih Mutlu Shen, the country’s former representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, was appointed the new Turkish ambassador to Egypt. The Egyptian side offered to appoint Amr Elhamami as ambassador to Ankara.
“The move is aimed at normalization between the two countries and reflects the mutual desire to develop bilateral relations in accordance with the interests of the peoples of Turkey and Egypt,” the document stressed.
Arab media recall that Turkish and Egyptian presidents Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi agreed to exchange ambassadors in late May. At that time, the office of the Egyptian leader said that in a telephone conversation the two presidents agreed to strengthen relations and cooperation between the two sides and therefore decided to raise the level of relations to ambassadors.
Relations between Ankara and Cairo deteriorated after the military coup in Egypt in July 2013. At that time, Turkey and Egypt recalled their ambassadors. In November 2013, Cairo declared the Turkish ambassador “persona non grata.

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President of South Africa and leaders of Zambia, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Senegal and Uganda to visit Kiev

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit Kiev on Friday as part of his participation in the African peacekeeping mission, where he will meet with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to discuss a “peace plan” to end the war, the South African presidential press office reported.
Ramaphosa reportedly visited (Warsaw) Poland on Thursday, June 15, where he met with President Andrzej Duda.
The South African president is now on his way to Kiev for talks with President Zelensky. The mission includes leaders from South Africa, Zambia, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Senegal and Uganda as representatives of a continent that has experienced the adverse economic effects of war.
Earlier, the South African president held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Zelensky, Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
Ramaphosa wants to make efforts to promote a “peaceful” process to resolve the Russian war against Ukraine. On Saturday, he and his delegation will arrive in Moscow for talks with Putin.

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South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya and Morocco are ‘Big Five’ in terms of concentration of private capital – study

On March 28, 2023 the Henley & Partners company provided the annual report on prosperity of Africa.

According to the Africa Wealth Report 2023, published by Henley & Partners in partnership with New World Wealth, the total amount of private wealth currently owned by individuals on the African continent is USD 2.4 trillion. This figure is expected to rise by 42% over the next 10 years.

South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya and Morocco are the “big five” in terms of concentration of private capital, together they account for 56% of all wealthy people (HNWI) of the continent and more than 90% of its billionaires. There are currently 138,000 HNWIs in Africa with a personal net worth of USD 1 million or more, as well as 328 cent-millionaires with a net worth of USD 100 million or more, and 23 dollar billionaires.

Despite a challenging past decade, South Africa still has at least twice as many wealthy people as any other African country and 30% of the continent’s cent-millionaires. Egypt leads in the number of billionaires, while Mauritius boasts the highest wealth per capita in Africa at USD 37,500, followed by South Africa at USD 10,880 and Namibia at USD 10,050.

The fastest growing markets in the world

Andrew Amolis, head of research at New World Wealth, notes: “Africa is home to some of the fastest growing markets in the world, including Rwanda, Mauritius and the Seychelles, where wealth growth has been 72%, 69% and 54% respectively over the past decade.” Mauritius is expected to show strong private capital growth of 75% over the next decade (until 2032). This would make it the fourth fastest growing country in the world for the period in terms of millionaire growth, behind Vietnam, India and New Zealand.

richest cities in africa

4 of the 10 richest cities in Africa are in South Africa: Johannesburg has the largest number of millionaires in Africa (14,600), Cairo is in second place with 7,400 ultra-wealthy residents, followed by Cape Town (7,200). Lagos (5,400) is fourth, Nairobi (4,700) is fifth. Two other South African cities, Durban (3600) and Pretoria (2400), are ranked sixth and eighth respectively.

Namibia – the new star of Africa
Namibia is predicted to become one of Africa’s fastest growing markets, with the ultra-rich projected to grow by more than 60% by 2032. By December 2022, the country’s total investment wealth was USD 26 billion, and the number of dollar millionaires was 2,100 people. Launched in March 2023, the Residential Residency (RP) offer by investment could attract even more wealthy investors from around the world.

Investment migration is an innovative financial instrument
Dominique Volek, head of private banking at Henley & Partners, notes that more and more African countries are aiming to attract wealthy people through the provision of residence permits and citizenship by investment. These direct investments have the potential to seriously transform the economy: “As wealth grows on the continent and countries realize the benefits of promoting economic progress, we expect investment migration in Africa to continue to gain momentum in the coming years. This applies not only to demand in the domestic market on the part of investors from African countries, but also on the supply side. More and more African countries are looking to launch their own investment migration programs to increase the influx of both capital and talent.”

About the Africa Wealth Report 2023
The Africa Wealth Report 2023 is published annually by Henley & Partners in association with South African think tank New World Wealth. The study provides a comprehensive analysis of private equity across the continent, including trends in high net worth consumption, the luxury market and wealth management in Africa.
For more than a decade, New World Wealth has been tracking the wealth movements and buying habits of the world’s richest people. The firm’s research covers 90 countries and 150 cities around the world. It uses a model to determine wealth levels in each country with key wealth parameters from HNWIs own database of over 150,000 contacts, stock market and real estate statistics, and household income, savings and debt statistics in each market. The New World Wealth model also displays the historical growth trends of wealth in each country, taking into account fluctuations in the exchange rate against the US dollar, as well as movements in the stock market and real estate prices.
Read the report

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