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Will CFA franc renaming bring small change to west Africa?

February 10, 2020

The move to rename the CFA franc the 'eco' has been broadly welcomed. But what will the repercussions be throughout west Africa? 

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South Sudan finance minister hails fragile peace

January 31, 2020

South Sudan’s minister for finance and economic planning tells The Banker about the economic benefits of peace.

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The Banker's Best-performing Banks ranking: BRICS countries

January 2, 2020

Which banks across Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have performed the best in The Banker’s newly introduced ranking that measures a lender's performance across various key criteria? 

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Sudan finance minister formulates plan for economic renaissance

January 2, 2020

Sudan’s finance minister talks to The Banker about how he intends to bring the highly indebted country’s finances back to normality, repair international relations and lift the population out of poverty. 

Signs of life for Angola’s economy

December 10, 2019

As Angola makes tentative steps towards a stronger economy, improvements in asset quality are still needed at its banks. Marie Kemplay reports.

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Central bank governor seeks to keep Nigeria on steady path

November 1, 2019

Nigeria’s central bank governor discusses moves to encourage greater private sector lending and a push towards a cashless economy.

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Kenyan central bank governor wants a more customer-centric focus

November 1, 2019

In the face of cooling growth predictions, Kenya's central bank governor talks to John Everington about the deeper changes being made to the country's banking system.

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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.