Latest articles from Africa

Still on the road to better results

April 2, 2007

Bank consolidation continues and capital adequacy has improved but what is needed in the sector is a new culture that will attract new customers to boost the bottom line. Nick Kochan reports.

Capital advances

April 2, 2007

Over the past decade, a quiet revolution has occurred in the country’s capital market. John McCarthy reports.

High hopes for a better future

April 2, 2007

Economic growth continues but so do political tensions. Much of Nigeria’s future depends on the outcome of the next presidential elections and the continuation of wide-ranging reforms, writes John McCarthy.

Taking the initiative

April 2, 2007

Chukwuma Soludo, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, tells James Eedes of a bold plan to raise $1bn for his brainchild – the Africa Financing Corporation.

A legacy worth fighting for

April 2, 2007

Economic reform is transforming Nigeria, not least in the banking sector, but will the programme survive a change of government? Neil Tyler reports.

Big hitters reach out to the unbanked

April 2, 2007

Unbanked and underbanked populations of the world are in the sights of companies developing mobile-based banking services. Wendy Atkins reports on the latest services to be launched.

Don’t tar all vultures with the same brush

March 5, 2007

The current Zambian case not withstanding, most distressed debt traders form a valuable part of the financial system.

African attractions grow

March 5, 2007

The viability of capital markets in African countries is looking more promising, underlined by a successful bond issue denominated in naira by the African Development Bank. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Privatisation this time

February 5, 2007

Algeria has lightened its debt burden and foreign investors at last seem keen to invest in subsidiaries and privatisations, write Jon Marks and Nadine Marroushi.

Home delivery: Africa’s challenge

January 8, 2007

Africa’s home-financing sector is generally in its infancy. The exceptions are South Africa, Ghana and a handful of east African nations. Cas Coovadia highlights the initiatives in progress.