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Mozambique's banks swim against the tide

October 1, 2018

Banks in Mozambique are finding ways to thrive amid a period of low economic growth. Peter Wise looks at how they are remaining profitable in such an environment.

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Mozambique’s economy awaits a gas-powered revival

October 1, 2018

While waiting for its liquid natural gas projects to start paying off, Mozambique continues to fight a budget deficit and political instability. Peter Wise reports.

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IHS Markit’s $5bn issuance finances Ipreo acquisition

October 1, 2018

Financial analyst IHS Markit chose a quiet time to issue the bond that will bankroll its expansion strategy. David Wigan reports.

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Kenyan neighbours spy opportunity in a liberalised Ethiopia

October 1, 2018

With the recent election of reformist prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, Ethiopia’s economy is set to liberalise after 27 years of state monopoly, opening up one of Africa’s fastest growing and underbanked markets to foreign investors. Charles Wachira reports.

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Top 100 Arab Banks: FAB dominates in a transitional year

October 1, 2018

First Abu Dhabi Bank, formed by the merger between the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and First Gulf Bank, has made history as the first Emirati bank to top The Banker’s Top 100 Arab Banks ranking. Elsewhere, Morocco and Lebanon continue to impress. James King reports.

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Is China’s finance bankrolling development – or debt?

October 1, 2018

China has become a major development financier to emerging markets via projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative. But some borrowers see unequal benefits in the deals, while the US is concerned by China’s growing influence. Adrienne Klasa reports.

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CIB positions itself at forefront of banking's tech revolution

October 1, 2018

Egypt’s Commercial International Bank is one of the Middle East and north Africa region's star performers when it comes to returns on assets and capital. James King speaks to the bank's managing director, Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, to discover the secret behind its success.

The EU's AML report card: Must do better

October 1, 2018

Despite the rhetoric in Europe on tackling money laundering, cases continue to come to light. Politician should act together now, says Stefanie Linhardt. 

Why oil crash has upside for Arab banks

October 1, 2018

The oil price crash has sparked consolidation and modernisation among Arab banks, changing the region's financial landscape for the better.

Top five South African banks

September 25, 2018

South Africa’s top lenders strengthened their balance sheets in 2017, but are now entangled in a corruption inquiry. Joy Macknight reports.

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