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Saddek Elkaber: a lesson from Libya's central bank

October 1, 2019

In times of conflict, a central bank can play a unifying role. This is what is happening in Libya.

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How fintech is revolutionising African banking

October 1, 2019

Technology's impact on Africa is well documented, but with rule changes in giant markets such as Nigeria enabling further incursions, how will incumbent banks react? 

Does Africa need Facebook's Libra?

October 1, 2019

Facebook’s Libra will, it is claimed, bring the unbanked into the financial system. However, in Africa this issue is being tackled in more innovative ways.

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Zambian banks rethink traditional route to growth

September 2, 2019

Reforms and a large unbanked rural population are behind new strategies at Zambia’s otherwise stable banks. 

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Will Zambia resort to IMF deal?

September 2, 2019

Zambia is beset with problems stemming from the commodities price drop, the effects of a severe drought and rampant public spending. But is an IMF loan the solution? 

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Zambia CBG seeks salvation in rates and banking changes

September 2, 2019

As Zambia experiences weak credit growth and stubborn inflation, the country’s central bank governor talks to The Banker about its recovery strategy.

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Tunisia's central bank governor looks to a new age of stability

August 1, 2019

Marouane El Abassi, governor of the Central Bank of Tunisia, talks about containing inflation and the potential impact of the country’s upcoming elections.

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Namibia’s economy feels the heat from all directions

August 1, 2019

Namibia’s commodity-dependent economy is contracting as environmental and geopolitical pressures increase. Can the authorities turn the situation around? 

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Namibia's central bank governor defies rising NPLs

August 1, 2019

The governor of the Bank of Namibia, Ipumbu Shiimi, talks to Jason Mitchell about pushing up financial inclusion rates and surviving recession.

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Namibian banks cling to profits despite recession

August 1, 2019

Despite the ongoing recession and a high proportion of non-performing loans, Namibia’s banks remain profitable. Jason Mitchell examines how they beat the odds.