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Sub-Saharan Africa's two-pronged M&A trend

March 9, 2020

M&A activity has been a prominent feature of sub-Saharan Africa's banking sector in recent years, with the reason behind these moves tending to be one of crisis or expansion.

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What is behind Kenya's M&A run?

March 9, 2020

Kenya has been a hotbed of M&A activity in the banking sector in the past 12 months. The Banker looks at the factors behind this.

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FirstBank CEO views Nigeria future with optimism

March 6, 2020

The CEO of First Bank of Nigeria talks about the outlook for consolidation in the country's banking sector, and whether payment service lenders present a threat.

What will follow Malawi's moment of democratic triumph?

February 11, 2020

Malawi’s judiciary has stood up for democracy, but it is unclear what is in store next for this small east African economy. 

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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.