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Africa Economic Brief - Managing Commodity Price Volatility in Africa

04-Oct-2011

• Africa’s exposure to different commodity classes require differentiated strategies to address the problem of commodity price volatility. The “onesize-fits-all” approach should be avoided. More attention should also be given to the problem of speculation and to non-oil commodities.

• Management of commodity price volatility should not be restricted to a single strategy in order to fully benefit from all available options while reducing their limitations to a minimum.

• Interventions should not be limited to the supply side but also cover the demand side: capacity building and technical assistance are as important as the development of derivatives markets.

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