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Weekly Economic Index: Africa may lose over $25 billion to cyber attacks by 2050 – Ventures Africa

With the fast growth of internet penetration in Africa comes broad exposure to cyber insecurity. While the continent builds momentum in internet infrastructure and experiences an exponential increase in tech adoption it seems to be paying inadequate attention to cyber security.
In November 2021, Kaspersky reported that Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya recorded 81 million cyber attacks in three months, a paradox to how cybercrime is rising along with internet penetration. Analysts expect the continent’s digital economy to be $712 billion by 2050. But if that percentage cost of cybercrime remains constant, Africa may lose almost $25 billion to cyber attacks by 2050.
Market roundup
Below is the Weekly Economic roundup from Ventures Africa for the week ending the 23rd of September 2022. This economic index gives you a glimpse into recent activities in the African economy and price changes that could affect it.
Stock markets
Here is how stocks performed in major African markets (Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, and Kenya) at the end of the week ending Friday, 23rd of September 2022:
The NGX All-Share Index declined by -0.33 per cent (-162.32) to close the week at 49,026.62  basis points, compared to the 49,475.42 basis points recorded the previous week. 
 Top 5 gainers
Vitafoam Nigeria – +6.90%
R T Briscoe – +6.06%
Access Holdings – +6.02%
Cornerstone Insurance – +3.70%
Fidelity Bank – +3.00%
Top 5 decliners
CWG – -10.00%
Berger Paints – -9.85%
Eterna – -9.45%
Sunu Assurances Nigeria – -8.57% 
Chams – -6.90%
The EGX 30  Index slumped by -0.23 per cent (-22.90) to close the week at 9,933.05 basis points, on Thursday 22nd of September, compared to the 10,079.02 basis points recorded the previous week. 
Top 5 gainers
Raya Holding For Financial Investments – +18.10%
Memphis Pharmaceuticals – +9.79% 
El Obour Real Estate Investment – +9.74% 
Arab Valves Company  – +9.63% 
Ismailia National Food Industries – +9.22%
Top 5 decliners
Zahraa Maadi Investment & Development – -49.57%
Commercial International Bank (Egypt) – -33.67%  
Gharbia Islamic Housing Development – -6.81% 
Egyptian Kuwaiti Holding – -4.96% 
Medinet Nasr Housing – -4.58%
The JSE All Share Index dropped -2.85 per cent (-1,860.40) basis points to close the week at 63,416.66 basis points compared to the 66.584.34 basis points recorded the previous week.
Top 5 gainers
Finbond Group Ltd – +22.50%
Spur Corporation Ltd – +11.27%
Transcend Residential Property Fund – +10.34%
Tradehold Ltd – +9.89%
Cloud Atlas AMI Big50 ex-SA ETF – +7.81%
Top 5 decliners
MC Mining Ltd – -24.84%
DRA Global Ltd – -11.96%
Industrials REIT Ltd – -10.00%
Stefanutti Stocks Holdings Ltd – -9.38%
Impala Platinum Hlgs Ltd – -8.09%
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) All-Share Index dropped -0.07 per cent ( -0.09) to close the week at 134.86 basis points.
Top 5 gainers
EA Portland Cement – +9.71% 
NCBA Group – +9.27% 
Kapchorua Tea – +9.18% 
Car & General (K) – +6.33% 
Uchumi Supermarkets – +4.00% 
Top 5 decliners
Liberty Kenya Holdings – -10.00%  
Nairobi Securities Exchange – -6.40% 
HF Group – -2.96% 
Umeme – -2.95% 
East African Breweries –2.59% 
Currency markets 
Here is how Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa’s currencies performed against the US Dollar at the official markets.
Oil prices 
Crypto markets 
According to data from Coinmarketcap, the global cryptocurrency market cap stood at $935.1 billion as of 6 pm on Sunday 25th of September- a 0.72 per cent decrease over the previous day. Here is how the top three cryptocurrencies performed:
Tech funding
From the expert
Commenting on the problem of cyber insecurity in our recent Twitter Space, Confidence Staveley, Founder and Executive Director of CyberSafe Foundation noted that Africa does not have the political will to establish the infrastructure and implement laws to keep cyber security at the same pace as innovation. “We are having a lot of innovative solutions and technology flooding the market but security seems an afterthought. Governments should establish agencies to be in charge of cyber security or let an existing agency that has what it takes, coordinate it,” she stated.

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