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NPL upward trend continues at Kenyan banks

October 14, 2021

KCB Group, the country’s largest lender by Tier 1 capital, saw its non-performing loan ratio rise to 15% in 2020.

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UK deal boosts Nairobi’s position as financial hub

July 29, 2021

Closer ties with the City of London likely to encourage further fintech investment into Kenyan capital. 

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Kenya's finance minister on lockdowns, locusts and NPLs

April 20, 2021

Ukur Yatani, cabinet secretary of the Kenyan National Treasury, on the state of the country’s economy and banking sector.

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Kenya’s banks weather the storm

April 20, 2021

The banking sector's ability to return to previous profitability levels depends on length of lockdowns. 

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Kenya’s ambitions checked but hopes abound

April 20, 2021

The country’s economic bounceback has been dampened by a Covid-19 surge, but a swift recovery is anticipated. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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