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In February 2018, the African National Congress (ANC) government of South Africa joined with the radical left-leaning Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to approve a motion in parliament to request the Constitutional Review Committee to 'undertake a process of consultation to determine the modalities of the governing party resolution'.
Running a country with hard cash is expensive. Instead of devising new plans to make cash available, governments should drive the cashless shift by promoting and enforcing electronic payments, which will motivate citizens to open bank accounts.
Political uncertainty through transitions and instability are among the key risks for businesses in Southern Africa in 2018. 2018 will see continued uncertainty around political leadership in our Southern African markets. The transitions in Zimbabwe and Angola in 2017, elections in Mozambique in 2018, and factionalism within South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) once again remind businesses in the region of the importance of gaining a clear understanding of the impact of such uncertainty on their risk environment.
Political uncertainty globally will have ripple effects on Africa, primarily through impacts on commodity prices and global economic sentiment.While the early months of 2017 have seen improved prices for the commodities on which many southern African economies rely, longer term economic sentiment is more mixed. Meanwhile, governance improvements and the embedding of democratic practices and norms will be tested by pockets of instability as succession battles take place across the region.