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Mauritius sets out stall to become go-to southern IFC

May 2, 2017

Despite its major business partner India renegotiating a tax agreement, and mutterings of tax haven status, Mauritius has thrived as a regional financial centre. Now it is positioning itself as the southern hemisphere’s IFC of preference. James King reports.

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Citi shows appetite for Egypt remains healthy

April 3, 2017

Political unrest, high public debt and a drop in tourism have hit Egypt’s fortunes in recent years. But as a successful $4bn debt-raising deal has shown, investor appetite is recovering. Edward Russell-Walling spoke to the team from joint lead manager Citi.

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Economic headwinds look set to revive African M&A

March 1, 2017

African M&A was down in 2016 from the previous year as foreign investors stayed away, with only Egypt enjoying notable activity. However, economic headwinds are likely to drive consolidation, especially among smaller regional banks, in 2017. James King reports.

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Angolan SWF chairman looks to facilitate move away from oil

February 1, 2017

Josė Filomeno dos Santos, chairman of Angola’s sovereign wealth fund, outlines how it is reducing the country’s dependence on oil in favour of infrastructure, agriculture and timber. James King reports.

Top 100 African Banks: smaller lenders make biggest gains

January 3, 2017

Only one-quarter of the top 20 African banks showed an increase in Tier 1 capital in the The Banker's rankings, as the continent suffered a combination of currency volatility, low commodity prices and political instability. James King reports.

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Dr Okechukwu Enelamah: How the MITI Plan can revitalise Nigeria

January 1, 2017

Nigeria’s strategy for regenerating its flagging economy centres on partnering with the private sector to drive sectors such as manufacturing, textiles and agriculture. 

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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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