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Coronavirus restrictions have immediate impact, longer-term consequences loom

A survey of 78 Africa-focused energy companies carried out for the AIX Webinar organised by CbI Meetings on 30 April suggests that travel restrictions are causing the most difficulty for the African electricity supply industry. Companies largely reported a moderate to severe impact from Covid-19, with construction companies, utility-scale developers and governments among the worst affected. Over the medium term, developers expect that the impact will be most severe on interest and foreign exchange rate volatility, while officials expressed real concerns that insolvent utilities would be further disadvantaged, potentially setting back years of reform.

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