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IILM looks to bring cohesion to Islamic finance

November 1, 2017

As a relatively young market, the Islamic finance sector has evolved in a fractured fashion. This has driven the establishment of the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation to tackle the lack of high-quality liquid instruments in the market. James King talks to acting CEO Abdoul Aziz Ba about the challenges involved.

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The Banker's Top Islamic Financial Institutions – 2017

November 1, 2017

This year’s top Islamic financial institutions ranking shows better performances across the board, with less developed markets showing the most significant growth, and Africa seen as a prime market for expansion. James King reports.

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GTBank chief seeks to lead Nigeria in SMEs and digital

November 1, 2017

Guaranty Trust Bank chief executive officer and managing director Segun Agbaje tells James King about its expansion plans, with a focus on digital and SME business, and why he backs more relaxed monetary policy in Nigeria.

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Top 100 Arab Banks: prosperity and a 'new normal'

October 2, 2017

Though 2017's Top 100 Arab Banks ranking shows a slowdown in profitability and growth, the Middle East is doing relatively well. While no longer stellar, the new normal of lower oil prices sees banks enjoying solid performances and improved cost-to-income ratios. James King reports.

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UAE banks look to international expansion

October 2, 2017

Having survived a regional liquidity squeeze, the United Arab Emirates’ larger banks are eyeing opportunities further afield. Meanwhile, an overbanked market means consolidation is likely for the rest of the sector. James King reports.

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Côte d’Ivoire prime minister looks to maintain peacetime profitability

October 2, 2017

Beset by civil war in recent times, Côte d’Ivoire has now emerged as one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. The country's prime minister and minister of budget and state portfolio, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, tells James King why Côte d’Ivoire can be relied upon in a political sense, and how he plans to maintain its levels of foreign investment.

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Al Rajhi the exception as Saudi banks hit doldrums

October 2, 2017

Only Al Rajhi Bank has reported a rise in profits among Saudi’s banks. Now the country's government is hoping its National Transformation Plan will bring the reforms necessary to inject new life into a stagnating economy. James King reports.

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Tony Elumelu: why Africapitalists will build a continent's future

September 1, 2017

While Africa comprises diverse countries with disparate fortunes, its most successful economies typically rely on a strong private sector. But as the G20 launches a 'compact' with Africa to accelerate private sector growth, it is crucial that this consists of a long-term partnership with the continent that promotes local entrepreneurship, writes the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

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African microinsurers plant seeds of hope to resist drought

September 1, 2017

Natural disasters continually stall the growth of the Africa's poorest communities. While building resilience is vital, solutions are often not cost-effective. Now microinsurers are using simple and advanced technology to establish a new market that helps mitigate losses. James King reports.

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Can Gulf banks build on their digital momentum?

September 1, 2017

Banks in the Gulf region have scored some notable successes in the digital field, such as Liv, a UAE bank run by and for millennials. However, the longer-term threat from fintechs still looms large, writes James King.

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