African Markets – Factors to watch on March 19




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NAIROBI, March 19 - The following company
announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency
market moves and political events  affect African markets on
Thursday.
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 Events:
 KENYA - Central Bank auctions 91-day Treasury bills
 
 GLOBAL MARKETS
 The dollar was giving ground in Asia on Thursday as investors
 priced in a later start and a slower pace for future U.S rate
 rises, slashing bond yields globally and firing up
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 WORLD 
 Brent crude futures fell towards $55 a barrel on Thursday
 after a bigger than expected crude stock build in the United
 States, though losses were limited by a weaker dollar as the
 Federal Reserve signalled a slower pace  interest rate
 hikes.      
 
 EMERGING MARKETS
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 KENYA MARKETS  
 Kenya's shilling firmed on Wednesday as investors sold
 dollars to  advantage  the local currency's drop to
 near 3-year lows and hard currency inflows trickled in aimed
 at a bond sale due next week.               
 
  INFLATION
 's consumer inflation slowed sharply to 3.6 percent
 year-on-year in February from 4.5 percent in the month
 before, the statistics  said on Wednesday.
                
 
 SENEGAL DEBT
 Senegal  to issue between $500  and $1 billion in
 foreign debt this year, starting from June, to cover its
 budgetary needs, an economic advisor to  Macky Sall
 told Reuters.                
 
 SIERRA LEONE
 Sierra Leone  Ernest Bai Koroma has sacked Vice
  Samuel Sam-Sumana for seeking asylum in the U.S.
 Embassy, a statement from the president's  said on
 Wednesday.  


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 KENYA CENTRAL BANK
 Kenya should have a new central bank governor in place by the
 end  , replacing Njuguna Ndung'u who stepped down this
 month after eight years in , a top official involved in
 the selection said.                
 
 TANZANIA 
 Tanzania has put on hold a much-awaited natural  bill that
 was expected to be passed by parliament this month, officials
 said on Wednesday, further delaying a law to govern its
 hydrocarbons industry.
(Reuters)