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Kenya epicentre of busy M&A year for Africa

February 24, 2021

Leading banks expanded across the continent, while consolidation continued in overbanked countries.

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Kenya’s banks set for another bumpy year

February 15, 2021

Large government debt and vulnerability to external shocks could derail the banking sector’s recovery in 2021.

 

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Kenyan central bank governor wants a more customer-centric focus

November 1, 2019

In the face of cooling growth predictions, Kenya's central bank governor talks to John Everington about the deeper changes being made to the country's banking system.

Filling east Africas infrastructure gap

Kenyan banks' east African expansion raise supervisory concerns

May 2, 2016

As trade and co-operation has increased across east Africa, so has cross-border banking, with Kenyan lenders leading the way. But although this move is spreading new technologies and services while increasing competition, are there sufficient supervisory structures in place? James King investigates.

Muscling in on M-Pesa

Kenyan banks look to crash M-Pesa’s party

September 1, 2014

Kenya’s Equity Bank is determined to launch a new mobile banking product that has the potential to shake up an industry dominated by the creator of M-Pesa, Safaricom. Experts say that while Equity could present serious long-term competition for Safaricom, it has its work cut out. 

Ecobank enters a new phase

Down but not out: Ecobank enters a new phase

September 1, 2014

Ecobank’s reputation took a battering last year as it became mired in a well-publicised corporate governance crisis. Its new chief executive, Albert Essien, has restored some calm, and he tells Paul Wallace how he hopes to make the kind of returns that will entice more international investors to buy its stock.

Top 1000 World Banks – Emerging market banks perform strongly once again

June 30, 2014

As was the case in 2013 Top 1000 World Banks ranking, when it comes to returns on assets, African banks are the stellar performers.

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.

Central banks drive Africas recovery

Central banks drive Africa's recovery

October 1, 2013

Africa’s underdeveloped economies and financial sectors have proved a barrier for central banks implementing monetary policy and prudential regulation. But recent years have seen significant progress, thanks in no small part to central banks’ growing independence from governments.

Latin America leads the profits league

September 24, 2013
Latin America leads the profits league

Two Latin American countries score highly for return on equity in their banking sectors, but more highly capitalised African banks enjoy stronger return on assets.

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