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Business in Africa: Biden, Binance, and BHP

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Business Headlines in Sub-Saharan Africa: Investments, Debt Restructuring, and Legal Battles

This week in sub-Saharan Africa, several key business developments have been making headlines.

Firstly, Kenya’s President William Ruto met with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington, where they announced new U.S.-backed investments in green energy and health manufacturing. The leaders also unveiled a plan to reduce Kenya’s high debt load, much of which is owed to China. President Ruto emphasized the strong bonds of friendship and partnership between Kenya and the United States.

In another major development in Kenya, Microsoft has partnered with UAE-based AI firm G42 to invest $1 billion in a data center in the country. This move is part of Microsoft’s efforts to expand cloud-computing services in East Africa.

Meanwhile, Ghana has reached a memorandum of understanding with its bilateral creditors, including China and France, to restructure $5.4 billion of debt. This agreement clears the way for the International Monetary Fund to disburse $360 million under Ghana’s $3 billion bailout program, following a default by the West African country.

In Nigeria, a money laundering trial against cryptocurrency exchange Binance and two of its executives has been adjourned due to the health of one of the defendants. Nigeria has blamed Binance for its currency woes, as cryptocurrency websites became popular platforms for trading the naira during a period of dollar shortages and a record low currency value.

Lastly, shares in BHP Group fell 3% after Anglo American rejected a third takeover proposal. The offer was contingent on Anglo unbundling its platinum and iron ore assets in South Africa. BHP Group now has until May 29 to make a binding offer for Anglo, or face a six-month waiting period under UK takeover rules. This deadline coincides with general elections in South Africa, where Anglo has significant national importance.

These developments highlight the dynamic and evolving business landscape in sub-Saharan Africa, with key players making strategic moves to drive growth and address economic challenges.

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