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CAR’s bitcoin currency gambit

May 17, 2022

The central African government’s move to embrace bitcoin highlights the growing importance of cryptocurrencies across the continent, with central banks playing catch up. 

Global M&A volumes drop by 20% in Q1

April 19, 2022

It has not been a great start to the year for the global mergers and acquisitions market, with deal volumes down across all regions. 

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Accessibility, privacy and interoperability: key lessons for Africa’s new CBDCs

April 8, 2022

The flawed launch of Nigeria’s eNaira holds lessons for other African central bank digital currency projects.

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Egypt aims to grow role as African and Middle Eastern trade hub

March 31, 2022

The country’s finance minister on efforts to leverage regional integration efforts.

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Egypt's lenders shrug off the impact of Covid

March 24, 2022

The country’s strong economic growth has attracted increased interest from foreign lenders, with new digital finance regulations unleashing a fintech boom.

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Egypt braces for economic impact of Ukraine war

March 21, 2022

Egypt has been one of the world’s best performing economies during the pandemic. Yet the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may prove costly to food prices and tourism.

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Investing in Africa’s forests

March 17, 2022

Africa’s forests have played second fiddle compared to other rainforest regions when it comes to global conservation efforts and investment. Is this changing? 

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Banque Misr CEO on opportunities for Egyptian banks

March 16, 2022

Mohamed Mahmoud El-Etreby was appointed chairman of Banque Misr in January 2015, bringing with him more than three decades of experience in the Egyptian banking sector. He spoke to Kit Gillet about key recent developments for Egypt’s banking sector and the outlook for the period ahead.

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Gulf consolidation slows as economic pressures ease

March 1, 2022

Middle Eastern fintechs and neobanks are attracting investment from overseas, as the wave of mega-mergers among the region’s largest lenders grinds to a halt.

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Africa’s fintech ecosystems attract major deals

March 1, 2022

Egypt and Nigeria are among the biggest M&A markets in Africa, amid explosive growth in digital financial services.