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Ghana's cocoa industry

Ghana keen to diversify while the going's good

June 30, 2011

Ghana is making plenty of effort to diversify its economy. But cocoa, gold and oil will have the biggest impact on the economy in the coming years, so for now the country is reaping the benefits of high global prices for these commodities.

Petrobras is looking at the euro and sterling markets more closely

Petrobras eyes euro and sterling markets

June 30, 2011

Brazilian oil company Petrobras is planning to take advantage of the changing world order in currency terms by reducing its reliance on the US dollar in favour of the euro and sterling markets.

The Commodity Supercycle

Do rising commodities prices signify a world of change?

June 1, 2011

While some are playing down the continuance of the commodities supercycle, others say pressure on prices and a shortage of resources are here to stay, with the knock-on impact on the growth rates of the developed and developing worlds.

Copper as a collateral

China's rising taste for copper as collateral

June 1, 2011

Copper’s role as an indicator of the pace of China’s industrialisation. But how worried should the market be about the build up of copper stocks in China’s bonded warehouses? 

Japan's nuclear energy

The wider impact of Japan's nuclear crisis

June 1, 2011

The earthquake in Japan in March inevitably forced short-term changes in the country’s energy consumption, but the long-term implications for energy and other commodities are far-reaching. 

Iron ore

Iron ore risk leaves steel industry looking to the futures

June 1, 2011

The past couple of years have seen the pricing mechanism for iron ore changed for the first time in decades, and new contracts – such as iron ore futures – launched. It is now possible to assess the effectiveness of these changes.

Angola on the map

Angola vows to make good use of its oil revenues

June 1, 2011

High oil prices have put Angola in an economic position that is the envy of most developing countries. However, Angola has been in this situation before. This time its government is vowing not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Qatar LNG industry

Qatar enjoys energy boom but eyes US shale gas emergence warily

June 1, 2011

Despite its small size, Qatar's energy resources are vast by global standards. However, its reliance on exporting its liquefied natural gas could face a threat in the shape of the emergence of shale gas in the US.

State-owned oil company Sonangol to tap capital markets

Private sector key to protecting Angola from shifts in commodity prices

June 1, 2011

A fall in oil prices brought Angola to its knees two years ago. A deal with the IMF has helped the economy to stabilise and signs of growth can be seen in Luanda, but to avoid a repeat of such economic hardship, more structural reforms are needed to make the country attractive for business.

Angola's oil industry

Exploitation of ultra-deep water blocks set to multiply Angola's oil wealth

June 1, 2011

New measures have been put in place to ensure Angola's local economy benefits from moves allowing international oil companies to develop the country's newly licensed deep-water reserves.

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