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Business / Economics

27 June 2024 Moring Biz News: Namibian Business Pulse: Mining Expo Set for Record Turnout Amidst Currency and Market Developments

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1. Chamber of Mines of Namibia Prepares for Record-breaking Mining Expo

The Chamber of Mines of Namibia is anticipating a highly successful annual mining expo this year, with expectations pointing towards a record-breaking turnout. Having previously hosted 162 exhibitors and 270 booths, the upcoming event has already secured commitments from 145 exhibitors for 245 booths with six weeks remaining until its commencement. This surge suggests an imminent sell-out, according to The Brief.

2. South African Rand Edges Lower Amid Political Uncertainty

On Wednesday, the South African rand experienced a slight weakening, trading at 18.2450 against the US dollar, marking a 0.1% decline from its previous close. This dip comes amidst uncertainty surrounding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s forthcoming cabinet announcement, contributing to cautious trading sentiments in the currency markets.

3. Dangote Refinery in Nigeria Operates Normally Despite Fire Incident

Despite a fire incident at its effluent treatment plant, Nigeria’s Dangote Refinery reassured stakeholders on Wednesday that operations are continuing without disruption. Videos circulating online showed smoke plumes at the facility, which has a capacity of 650,000 barrels per day, as reported by Reuters.

4. Market Concerns Rise as Japanese Yen Nears 38-Year Low

The Japanese yen hovered near a 38-year low on Thursday, trading below 160 per US dollar, prompting concerns in the financial markets about potential intervention by Japanese authorities to stabilize the currency. Meanwhile, the US dollar strengthened, reaching nearly an eight-week high against a basket of currencies, bolstered by the yen’s weakness and rising US Treasury yields.

Financial Indicators

  • Exchange Rates:
    • Namibian Dollar:
      • USD/NAD: 18.18
      • EUR/NAD: 19.41
      • GBP/NAD: 22.94
    • Other:
      • Gold: $2,297.94 per fine ounce
      • Brent Crude: $85.01 per barrel
      • Bitcoin: $1,106,401.28 per BTC

These updates highlight significant developments in the regional mining sector, currency markets, and global commodities, reflecting current trends and challenges impacting the business landscape.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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