Latest articles from Africa

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria's FM prepares for 'brutal' year

March 3, 2014

With elections looming, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s next year as Nigeria’s finance minster promises to be even more demanding that usual. But she is determined to ensure that the country’s strong macroeconomic performance of recent years and reform agenda do not slip. 

Amara Konneh

Liberia's finance minister looks to turn economic fortunes around

February 3, 2014

Liberia’s economy has come a long way since its devastating civil war ended 11 years ago, but it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Amara Konneh, who won The Banker’s African Finance Minister of the Year award for 2014, tells Paul Wallace how the Liberian government is trying to change that.

Edoh Kossi Amenounve

Building Francophone Africa’s capital markets

January 2, 2014

Francophone west Africa’s regional stock exchange, the BRVM, suffers from low turnover and a lack of listings. But its chief executive tells Paul Wallace he is determined to change that and bring about closer ties with Nigeria and Ghana’s stock markets. 

Jacko Maree

The rise of African banking

January 2, 2014

Africa’s banking industry has gone through huge changes during Jacko Maree’s career. The former chief executive of Standard Bank believes the future for banks on the continent looks promising, but says they will have to adapt to regulatory changes and tap new types of clients. Interview by Paul Wallace.

The new bridges of world trade

The new bridges of world trade

January 2, 2014

Trade is changing. Flows between emerging markets continue to develop, high wages are sending some production back to Europe and the US, meanwhile Africa is making a bid to stem its reliance on raw commodities.

Top 400 African banks ranking, 2013: Nigeria’s banking bonanza

January 2, 2014

In the latest ranking of African banks, Nigeria’s lenders had a blockbuster year in terms of profits, demonstrating their recovery from the country's 2009 crisis, while South Africa's banks remain way out in front of the rest of Africa, but continue to experience subdued growth. 

Central Banker of the Year awards

Central Bank Governor of the Year 2014

January 2, 2014

The Banker’s Central Bank Governor of the Year awards celebrate the officials who managed to restore economic stability and even growth to their countries following a turbulent few years.

Finance Minister of the Year 2014

Finance Minister of the Year 2014

December 20, 2013

The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year awards celebrate the officials who managed to restore economic stability and even growth to their countries following a turbulent few years.

Egypts banks defy local difficulties

Egypt's banks defy local difficulties

December 2, 2013

Amid global economic stagnation and domestic upheaval, the Egyptian banking sector has performed remarkably steadily. However, one of the key facets behind its success – its conservatism – is coming under increasing criticism from some, who claim its reluctance to lend beyond large corporations and government entities is holding the country back.

The next governor of Nigerias central bank

The next governor of Nigeria’s central bank?

December 2, 2013

Speculation about who will succeed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Nigeria’s central bank governor next year is mounting. Outgoing Access Bank CEO Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, one of the leading candidates, tells The Banker the role would be difficult to turn down. 

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