The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Friday. - - - - - GLOBAL MARKETS Asian shares rose for a fifth straight day on Friday as investor confidence slowly returns after a sharp sell-off earlier in the month, but the dollar continued its descent, hitting a three-year low against a basket of major currencies. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices edged higher on Friday as the dollar stood near a three-year low in subdued Asian trade, with many markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday. AFRICA CURRENCIES Zambia's kwacha currency ZMW= is expected to gain and the Ugandan shilling UGX= to come under pressure. SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS South African stocks index rose as much as 5 percent on Thursday, putting the main index on track for its biggest one-day gain in more than three years, on hopes the resignation of Jacob Zuma as president paves the way for new leaders to quicken the pace of economic growth. KENYA MARKETS The Kenyan shilling KES= was under pressure against the dollar on Thursday, with low overnight borrowing rates in the money markets triggering increased demand for dollars among banks to meet liquidity thresholds, traders said. KENYA EUROBOND Kenya has questioned a decision by credit ratings agency Moody's to downgrade the East African country's debt at a time when senior officials are travelling abroad to market new dollar bonds. ETHIOPIA PRIME MINISTER Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned on Thursday in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of violent unrest that threatened the ruling party's hold on Africa's second most populous nation. ZIMBABWE INFLATION Zimbabwe's consumer price inflation quickened to 3.52 percent year-on-year in January from 3.46 percent in December, data from the national statistics agency showed on Thursday.