Latest articles from James Eedes

Offshore, on target

July 3, 2006

Boasting top institutional and physical infrastructures the Cayman Islands has grown to become the world’s fifth largest financial centre. James Eedes reports.

Cameroon’s award winner

June 5, 2006

Cameroon’s minister of economy and finance Polycarpe Abah Abah receives the Finance Minister of the Year 2006Africa award from The Banker’s economics editorJames Eedes. The presentation was made in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, during the annual meeting of the African Development Bank. (Photo: Augustin G. Zevounou)

Reasons to be cheerful

May 2, 2006

Were it not for the genocide, Rwanda would barely register. Small, landlocked and poor, the country’s prospects have never been good. But in Kigali, James Eedes finds some cause for optimism.

Trader with rogues, or force for progress?

May 2, 2006

China is chasing energy and mineral resources in Africa, attracting criticism for its apparent willingness to deal with ‘despotic’ regimes. James Eedes examines whether this deepening relationship will prove a saviour or curse for the continent.

Prudent powermonger

May 2, 2006

Does Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni’s ballot victory in a contested election forebode a creeping reversal of Uganda’s progress or is he still the best man for the job? James Eedes reports.

Tanzania sets a small example

May 2, 2006

James Eedes reports from Dar es Salaam on the factors fuelling Tanzania’s recent vigorous growth.

Chinks of light amid the chaos

May 2, 2006

Kenya’s politics are as turbulent as ever. Despite this, the private sector, and banks in particular, are doing well. James Eedes reports from Nairobi.

The first step

April 3, 2006

Central bank governor Charles Soludo has overseen a massive consolidation of the banking sector but that is only the start of his reform plan, says James Eedes.

Reforms pay off

April 3, 2006

The overhaul of the banking system is the latest reform milestone crossed by the Obasanjo government. Although many challenges lie ahead, the momentum of reform is gathering pace, promising long-lasting transformation, writes James Eedes.

Bigger and better

April 3, 2006

Bigger banks need skilled staff as well as good governance and regulation in the tougher competitive environment. James Eedes reports on the challenges.

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