Latest articles from Africa

Top 1000 World Banks – Africa’s biggest banks endure a tough year

June 30, 2014

South Africa's lenders, for so long the shining light in Africa's representation in The Banker's Top 1000 rankings, retain the top spots in the regional list but mostly with falls in their Tier 1 capital. The good news, however, comes from the direction of Morocco's financial institutions.

PTA Bank

PTA's change in fortune

May 23, 2014

PTA Bank, one of Africa’s main development banks, was in crisis at the turn of the millennium. But it has since turned itself around and boosted its capital base, meaning that its chief executive is confident in saying that it is finally able to fulfil its role of fostering regional trade in eastern and southern Africa.

Gill Marcus

South African CBG toes a fine line

May 23, 2014

South Africa’s central bank governor Gill Marcus faces the tricky task of curbing inflationary pressures while trying not to damage the country’s weak economy. Whether or not she succeeds will depend to a large extent on factors outside her control.

Deals of the Year 2014
The slow emergence of an east African market

The slow emergence of an east African market

May 1, 2014

Regional integration, a painstakingly slow process across most of Africa, has started to gain momentum in east Africa, removing some obstacles for investors.

Egypts banks look for growth in a crisis

Egypt's banks look for growth in a crisis

May 1, 2014

Egypt’s banks were well insulated from the global financial crisis, but with continuing political instability since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak, many are wondering just how long the country's banks can outpace its slowing economy. 

Angola seeks an end to oil dependence

Angola seeks an end to oil dependence

May 1, 2014

Angola’s impressive post-war development continues apace. But as oil production stagnates, the government is under greater pressure than ever to diversify the economy and create jobs. 

José de Lima Massano

Angola's CBG reforms his way to stability

May 1, 2014

Angola’s central bank has carried out a wave of reforms in recent years to improve its monetary policies and modernise the banking sector. And its governor, José de Lima Massano, says there is still more to come.

Angola makes its business case

Angola makes its business case

May 1, 2014

Angola’s government has launched several initiatives to boost the country's non-oil sectors. Some of these, including a hike in import tariffs in March, have proved controversial, while the business environment remains tough by global standards. But investors think the country still has plenty going for it.

Mozambique’s strong run

Mozambique’s banks on a good run

May 1, 2014

Mozambique’s banking sector has grown rapidly in recently years, on the back of the country’s resources boom, and neither the country's large current account deficit or political tensions seem likely to scupper its health.

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