Latest articles from Africa

Euro-Med pact drives reforms

February 2, 2005

Merger moves in Morocco and the promise of privatisation in Algeria give hope for a more vibrant banking sector in the Maghreb region, writes Jon Marks.

Sim Tshabalala

February 2, 2005

Rising fortunes for Africa’s banks

December 1, 2004

The Banker’s Top 100 ranking of African banks shows an upward trend in Tier 1 capital and assets and profits for the region.

Regulation shake-up bodes well for Egypt

November 4, 2004

Egypt has a new prime minister and a new economic reform programme, but will anything change? How will the new government of Dr Ahmed Nazif provide the economic stimulus the country desperately needs? Stephen Timewell reports.

Barclays’ South African bid provides a litmus test

November 4, 2004

South Africa’s market potential lies in extending services to poorer, unbanked areas, so how will a foreign bank fair in this environment?

Arab banks’ profits soar

November 4, 2004

Political troubles have had little impact on the region’s banking sector, judging by this year’s Top 100 ranking.

New vision transforms development bank

November 4, 2004

After years of mismanagement, the Central African States Development Bank has made a remarkable financial recovery in just three years, under the stewardship of president Anicet Georges Dologuélé. By Fabien Buliard.
The Central African States Development Bank (La Banque de Développement des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale – BDEAC) is sparing no effort to restore its credibility, following a period of dormancy throughout the 1990s in which it ceased all lending activities to focus on reimbursing its debt and recovering a staggering amount of outstanding payments.

Oil price fires interest in a former basket case

October 4, 2004

A burgeoning oil economy and the government’s commitment to combat corruption is attracting foreign bankers once more to post-war Angola, writes Steven Swindells.

The ones to watch

October 4, 2004

All the key industries, large and small, figure in the government’s roadmap to better economic health.