Latest articles from Africa

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Can Angola’s new business-friendly government kick-start the economy?

September 3, 2018

Change is coming to Angola’s formerly state-focused economy, including anti-corruption and pro-business measures.

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Ecobank puts Africa on the digital map

August 31, 2018

Ecobank's CEO tells The Banker how an appetite for digital and fintech-related solutions is bringing widespread benefits to Africa.

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Why are Africa's banks failing female entrepreneurs?

August 1, 2018

Female entrepreneurs in Africa are proving to be both successful and reliable. So why are they so frequently being failed by banks across the continent when it comes to financing their businesses? James King investigates.

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West Africa stock market heads regional integration push

July 4, 2018

The BRVM, the shared stock exchange for the eight West African Economic and Monetary Union states, is the world’s only unified and regionally integrated bourse. Though it faces several challenges it is ideally placed to lead the further integration of Africa’s stock exchanges, as James King discovers.

Top 1000 World Banks - South African banks lead a recovering African sector

July 2, 2018

Africa’s slow but steady recovery is shown in the 2018 statistics, with Standard Bank once more topping the rankings. James King reports.

Top 100 African Banks ranking 2018: reasons to be cheerful

May 1, 2018

African banks have reason to celebrate, as The Banker's Top 100 ranking shows. Having survived a tough economic period, the figures indicate an improving outlook. James King reports.

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The women behind JPMorgan’s EMEA transaction banking business

April 3, 2018

JPMorgan has long been committed to diversity in its workforce and its approach is yielding results. Joy Macknight talks to the women heading the US bank’s Europe, the Middle East and Africa treasury services business lines to gain insight into the drivers of change in the region. 

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Sisi's reforms start to pay off for Egypt

April 3, 2018

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has pushed through business-friendly reforms that would have been unthinkable in Egypt a few years ago, including cutting fuel subsidies. The results have been impressive, bringing praise from the IMF. So is the optimism prevailing in the country justified? James King reports.

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Bouyant banks shape Egypt's vision for 2030

April 3, 2018

Egypt’s banks are throwing their weight behind extending financial inclusion to small and micro businesses, as well as the country's wider population as part of the national Vision 2030 strategy, helped by changes to the bankruptcy system and hopes of lower interest rates. James King reports.

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Egypt’s planning minister outlines decentralisation and development plans

April 3, 2018

Hala El Said, Egypt’s minister of planning and administrative reform, talks to James King about government strategies to cut unemployment through greater private sector involvement and the decentralisation of investment to the governorates.