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Angola on the map

Angola vows to make good use of its oil revenues

June 1, 2011

High oil prices have put Angola in an economic position that is the envy of most developing countries. However, Angola has been in this situation before. This time its government is vowing not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

State-owned oil company Sonangol to tap capital markets

Private sector key to protecting Angola from shifts in commodity prices

June 1, 2011

A fall in oil prices brought Angola to its knees two years ago. A deal with the IMF has helped the economy to stabilise and signs of growth can be seen in Luanda, but to avoid a repeat of such economic hardship, more structural reforms are needed to make the country attractive for business.

InterContinental Hotels is building a 400 room hotel with casino in Luanda

Investors overcome Angola's bureaucracy

June 1, 2011

Angola is increasingly attracting foreign investment, as companies start to look beyond the nation's onerous bureaucracy to its strong investment potential, political stability and increasing transparency.

Angola's central bank teaser

Portugese incumbents face competition for slice of growing Angolan wealth

June 1, 2011

The tenacious Portugese banks have prided themselves in their ability to stick with the Angolan economy in good and bad years, but they are now facing increasing competition from foreign banks, which stress their international network credentials.

Angola's oil industry

Exploitation of ultra-deep water blocks set to multiply Angola's oil wealth

June 1, 2011

New measures have been put in place to ensure Angola's local economy benefits from moves allowing international oil companies to develop the country's newly licensed deep-water reserves.

Bonds in Angola have been issued in the local currency, Kwanza

Angola's booming economy bodes well for Eurobond

June 1, 2011

It has been a long time coming, but bankers are hoping Angola will be finally be able to issue sovereign bonds and raise at least $500m on the Eurobond market, thanks to the country's recent strong economic performance. 

Bader Al-Sa'ad, managing director, Kuwait Investment Authority

Kuwait Investment Authority moves to active investment

March 18, 2011

With a reputed $200bn under management, the Kuwait Investment Authority has been moving away from its traditional reliance on blue-chip stocks, but will its new enthusiasm for active investment pay off?

In search of the right recipe

September 3, 2007

Banks are trying to open up the bond markets in sub-Saharan Africa and one idea being floated is for governments to work together to raise multi-issuer bonds. But are the IMF and aid donors standing in the way of the markets’ development? By Nigel Dudley.

Hard drive for business

October 2, 2006

The seriousness with which Qatar has approached the establishment of its financial centre shows the country is committed to attracting international business, writes Nigel Dudley in Doha.

Sampo holds all the cards

August 7, 2006

Consolidation of the domestic banking sector has led to Sampo Bank being the only feasible target for takeover in Finland, Nigel Dudley explains.
In Helsinki, the main subject of discussion among bankers is the further consolidation of the financial sector and particularly the future of Sampo Bank, the smallest of the three institutions that dominate Finland’s banking business.

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