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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.

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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Angola banks maintain profitability amid hopes of speedier reforms

September 3, 2018

Angola knows it must diversify away from oil and is lucky to have alternative possibilities waiting in the wings. But it is slow going, say the country's banks.

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Angola finance minister forecasts imminent return to growth

September 3, 2018

Angola’s finance minister talks to Peter Wise about diversifying the economy away from oil, tackling a shortage of foreign exchange and lifting economic growth.

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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.