Latest articles from Africa

Fast train

April 2, 2007

Nigerian banks know that expanding branch networks and introducing new technology requires a skilled workforce. Nick Kochan reports on staff training efforts.

Same song sheet

April 2, 2007

Banking consolidation has given Nigerian banks the headache of integrating a variety of disparate technological systems onto single platforms. Nick Kochan reports.

Fuel injection

April 2, 2007

High prices and new finds mean Nigeria’s dependence on hydrocarbon exports will go on, albeit with a greater emphasis on in-house refining. John McCarthy reports.

Small money

April 2, 2007

The government is taking steps to address the lack of funding available to micro, small and medium-sized businesses. John McCarthy reports.

African blueprint

April 2, 2007

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, CEO of Access Bank, tells The Banker of his plans for a top five Nigerian listing by 2010 and his vision of establishing a pan-African presence.

Retail jump-start

April 2, 2007

Nigeria’s retail environment is developing fast, says Nick Kochan, but further growth is hampered by the absence of a credit checking system and a national ID card.

Message received

April 2, 2007

Nigerian banks are beginning to realise that they can build their customer bases and raise efficiency by participating in mobile banking, says Wendy Atkins.

Still on the road to better results

April 2, 2007

Bank consolidation continues and capital adequacy has improved but what is needed in the sector is a new culture that will attract new customers to boost the bottom line. Nick Kochan reports.

Capital advances

April 2, 2007

Over the past decade, a quiet revolution has occurred in the country’s capital market. John McCarthy reports.

High hopes for a better future

April 2, 2007

Economic growth continues but so do political tensions. Much of Nigeria’s future depends on the outcome of the next presidential elections and the continuation of wide-ranging reforms, writes John McCarthy.

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