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South Africa CBG looks to build on banks' resilience

May 1, 2019

The governor of South Africa’s central bank tells The Banker about the challenging position the country finds itself in and the impressive performance of its banking sector.

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Will elections leave South Africa on the right track?

May 1, 2019

South Africa's growth forecast of just over 1% in 2019 is a step in the right direction. But issues of debt, inflation and political corruption are still hindering the country's progress. 

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Will digital banks disrupt South Africa's big five?

May 1, 2019

A quintet of big banks dominate South Africa's banking scene, but this could change as the arrival of several low-cost digital banks triggers competition. 

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Deals of the Year 2019 - Africa

May 1, 2019

A look at the year's most noteworthy deals in Africa.

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Buoyant Egyptian banks target SMEs and unbanked in growth push

April 1, 2019

Egypt's banks enjoy good capital adequacy levels and low loan default rates. Many are eyeing the small business sector and an underbanked populace.

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Is Egypt's tough reform programme paying off?

April 1, 2019

The IMF is ready to launch the next tranche of a $12bn loan package for Egypt, following government attempts to push through economic reforms. 

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Japan looks to Africa to offset stagnant domestic market

April 1, 2019

Lacking both resources and a youthful population, Japan is targeting African countries' nascent markets and plentiful commodities with generous development finance and infrastructure partnerships. Adrienne Klasa reports.

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Egypt's banking sector narrows the gender gap

April 1, 2019

Historically, women have been widely employed in Egypt's banks, with some now reaching top-level posts, including that of CEO. 

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FirstBank CEO looks to blend experience and youth in Nigeria

April 1, 2019

Nigeria's oldest financial institution, FirstBank, may have notched up a century and a quarter, but its workforce and ideas are both young, CEO Adesola Adeduntan tells The Banker.

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Access-Diamond market-driven merger brings boost to Nigeria

March 1, 2019

The merger of Access Bank and Diamond Bank in Nigeria represents a landmark for a number of reasons, not least because the deal was market driven and not forced through by the central bank.