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22 July: Mauritius trade statistics.

23 July: IMF WEO Update and Nigeria’s MPC decision. In its April 2019 World Economic Outlook, the IMF indicated that global growth could slow to 3.3% this year. The Fund specifically pointed out that risks are tilted to the downside, partly due to the potential effects of an escalation in global trade tensions.

24 July: Kenya’s rate announcement and South Africa’s CPI. The Central Bank of Kenya has kept the CBR unchanged at 9.00% since a 50bp cut in July 2018. South Africa’s headline inflation is expected to have remained broadly stable in June (May: 4.5% y/y).

25 July: Zambia’s July inflation and South Africa’s June PPI release. Zambia’s inflation rose to 8.6% y/y in June, reaching the highest rate in two and a half years. Today, also look out for May trade statistics from Botswana, which especially provide insight on activity in the country’s all-important diamond industry.

26 July: Angola’s BNA rate decision. The BNA has been cautiously easing rates since July 2018, on the back of persistent recession, a contraction in base money and declining but still elevated inflation.

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