While economic growth in Mali shows promise, escalating violence is scaring off foreign investors.
Peso volatility and investor caution are likely to linger through the middle of the year.
Even as General Electric looks to overhaul its business by selling assets and cutting back on capital expenditure, it is stepping up its investment in Africa—Nigeria in particular.
Emerging markets could see funds flowing back to them as central banks unwind quantitative easing and liquidity flows back to emering market assets.
The sub-Saharan nation taps special zones to draw foreign direct investment.
The Kingdom of Morocco now allows participative finance. On January 2 the central bank, Bank Al-Maghrib, issued authorizations for five banks to begin commercializing shariah-compliant products and services.