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Top 100 Arab Banks: has the oil price slump hurt profits?

October 1, 2016

The drop in oil prices and regional unrest have seen Arab banks struggle to maintain their stellar profit results of previous years, but overall their performances remain impressive by global standards.

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Nigeria: ready for a revival?

October 1, 2016

Nigeria was once feted as Africa's leading economy. However, attacks on its oil infrastructure and a dollar liquidity crunch have pushed it into recession. But the government is determined to push through strategies that will revive this regional powerhouse, as James King reports.

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Can Nigeria bring capital markets back to life?

October 1, 2016

Faced with an economic squeeze, Nigeria has devised a masterplan to energise its capital markets. But while major companies are gradually starting to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, low liquidity and inflation are acting as a brake on recovery. Chris Stein reports.

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Central Bank of Nigeria deputy governor looks to kick-start growth

October 1, 2016

Dr Sarah Alade, deputy governor, economic policy directorate, at the Central Bank of Nigeria, talks to James King about the measures the central bank is taking to boost foreign exchange, how it is mitigating Nigeria's risk from exposure to oil and why the effect of a US rate hike would be muted.

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Nigeria's central bank governor: unorthodox and optimistic

October 1, 2016

Nigeria's central bank governor, Godwin Emefiele, tells James King that his economic policies, which some have blamed for a decline in manufacturing in the country, encourage foreign exchange flows and improve transparency, and thus investor confidence.

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Nigeria's big banks defy country's economic difficulties

October 1, 2016

As falling oil prices and rebel activity continue to weaken Nigeria’s economy, the strength of its systemically important larger banks is playing a vital role in keeping the country from a deeper recession, reports James King.

Better integration will move mobile money up the value chain

September 26, 2016

Mobile money accounts are growing in numbers but a large proportion of them remain dormant. More must be done to integrate the e-wallet model with conventional payment systems.

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Resilient Mozambique banks stay on investors' radar

September 1, 2016

Healthy growth figures and low NPLs are giving Mozambique's banks optimism that they can weather the country's cooling economic climate. It is a view shared by foreign investors who have an eye on its strong long-term prospects, as James King reports.

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Beyond the bad news: Mozambique maintains investment pull

September 1, 2016

A series of worrying headlines regarding Mozambique's bond activity and overall economic performance do not portray a country ripe for investment, but factors such as a huge natural gas discovery mean the mood within Maputo and beyond is one of optimism. James King reports.

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Energy finds fuel hopes of a Mozambique boom

September 1, 2016

Boasting major gas discoveries, Mozambique is nursing ambitions to become both a regional energy hub and a key exporter to Asia. But the government must act fast to attract investment in an increasingly competitive market, writes James King.

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