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Islamic finance and the quest for common standards

August 1, 2017

While enjoying massive success, Islamic finance has developed in a piecemeal fashion, with many warning that global standardisation is needed if it is to avoid fragmentation and successfully push into frontier markets. James King reports.

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Letshego chief aims to lead race for African financial inclusion

August 1, 2017

Botswana-based Letshego is using years of experience to fulfil its aim of reaching sub-Saharan Africa's unbanked population, as group managing director Chris Low tells James King.

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Angola's banks look to rise to the challenges

July 3, 2017

Diminishing oil receipts, a threat of consolidation, a looming Basel II compliance deadline, a loss of US dollar correspondent banking relationships, a shortage of foreign capital... The challenges facing Angola's banks are many, which makes the strong performances of some in the sector all the more impressive, writes James King.

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Angola struggles to cut oil ties

July 3, 2017

After contracting in 2016, the Angolan economy is expected to make a slight recovery in line with the improvement in oil prices. However, the government has been slow to deliver the diversification that could improve the country’s fortunes further. James King reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Citizens Bank leads list of newcomers

July 3, 2017

Banks new to the Top 1000 hail from a greater variety of regions this year, with the US leading the pack. Meanwhile, Chinese and Russian banks lead the chase back into the rankings. James King reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - South Africans stay strong as Nigeria slumps in Africa

July 3, 2017

South Africa and Angola endure despite low commodity prices, but currency problems hit Nigeria. James King reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - Qatar National Bank takes lead in Middle East

July 3, 2017

Qatar National Bank claims the Middle East top spot, while lenders from Jordan and Lebanon also perform strongly. James King reports.

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Bank of Mauritius governor takes long-term view on reforms

May 2, 2017

For the past two years, Mauritius’s central bank has fostered measures to fortify the country's banking sector, which accounts for 12% of its GDP. While reforms are paying off, challenges such as offshore business risk persist and need to be managed, as central bank governor Rameswurlall Basant Roi tells James King.

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SAMA vice-governor looks to add value to the Saudi economy

May 2, 2017

Saudi Arabia's economy has been flat over the past few years, largely due to the slump in oil prices. However, as the vice-governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, Abdulaziz Saleh Al-Furaih, tells James King, the banking sector is performing well, bolstered by newcomers adding value to the country.

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Mauritian banks think beyond home comforts

May 2, 2017

Careful cost management and diversification have yielded solid profits for Mauritius’s banks. And with the government now focusing on SMEs, many banks are now developing their services for this sector while also expanding their footprint abroad. James King reports.

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