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Namibias banks tackle exclusivity

Namibia’s banks tackle exclusivity

November 1, 2013

Namibia’s banks are among the most sophisticated and safest in Africa, but they are coming under increasing pressure to service the country's unbanked population and small businesses. 

Thierry Tanoh

Ecobank chief executive looks to the future

November 1, 2013

Ecobank has been hurt recently by several allegations concerning its corporate governance. But Thierry Tanoh, its chief executive, insists it has done nothing wrong. He also explains why the pan-African lender represents a unique investment opportunity. 

Too many banks in Africa

October 28, 2013

Africa's central banks need to gradually raise capital requirements to reduce the number of banks that are too small to succeed.

Emerging markets look to SWFs for stability

October 1, 2013

A new generation of sovereign wealth funds – from resource-rich economies in Africa and Latin America – has emerged over the past few years. While these new funds are still relatively small, their impact could be sizable if they enable their source countries to secure stable economic growth and mitigate future risks associated with the booms and busts of the commodity cycle.

Alpha Condé and Kerfalla Yansané

Guinea looks to meet challenges of modernisation

October 1, 2013

Guinea's austerity measures have not proven popular with the country's army and civil service, but have impressed the IMF and other international observers. Its president and finance minister explain the challenges they have met in rebuilding the newly democratic country, and how they intend to turn it into a resource-based African powerhouse.

Abdusalam Omer

The toughest central banking job in the world?

October 1, 2013

Somalia’s central bank governor has to create a financial system virtually from scratch. But, as Paul Wallace writes, there is no shortage of foreign and local investors wanting to establish banks in the country, which seems to be on the mend for the first time in two decades.

Central banks drive Africas recovery

Central banks drive Africa's recovery

October 1, 2013

Africa’s underdeveloped economies and financial sectors have proved a barrier for central banks implementing monetary policy and prudential regulation. But recent years have seen significant progress, thanks in no small part to central banks’ growing independence from governments.

Latin America leads the profits league

September 24, 2013
Latin America leads the profits league

Two Latin American countries score highly for return on equity in their banking sectors, but more highly capitalised African banks enjoy stronger return on assets.

Sanusi delivers shock therapy to Nigerian banks

September 23, 2013

The Central Bank of Nigeria shocked the market in July when it hiked cash reserve requirements for public sector deposits, a move it says is already paying off.

Dubai climbs GTS ladder

Dubai climbs GTS ladder

September 2, 2013

As Dubai has grown, so has its role in the global transaction services industry, with the emirate now serving as the nerve centre of all trade taking place across the Middle East and north Africa. And as Dubai sets out its stall to become the next renminbi hub, this role only looks set to grow.

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