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Middle East and Africa banks retain M&A allure

March 1, 2016

The high levels of merger and acquisition activity seen in the Middle East and Africa banking sector – from both overseas names and domestic companies – shows that the economic and political turbulence much of the region has experienced in recent years has not dampened investors' appetites.

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Nigeria's banks rethink African expansion plans

March 1, 2016

Economic problems at home and lower profits elsewhere in Africa mean Nigerian banks are having to revisit their strategies for growth across the continent, but what will be the consequences for the countries that they are winding down in or even exiting from?

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UAE Banks Federation chief looks to mobile payments, SMEs and Islamic finance

March 1, 2016

The United Arab Emirates Banks Federation is embarking on a range of measures to tackle the country’s slowing economy, including improving mobile banking payment services, bolstering the assistance provided to SMEs, and developing a more consistent approach to applying sharia law to finance. Its chairman speaks to James King.

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Africa's growing local currency debt markets

February 1, 2016

As borrowing in dollars becomes increasingly expensive, the appetite for bonds in indigenous denominations in Africa is strengthening across the sub-Saharan region. However, longer yield curves and cross-border issuance will be necessary for continuing growth.

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Tadawul suffers as Saudi Arabia struggles

February 1, 2016

Regional unrest, low oil prices, the lifting of sanctions in Iran and an uncertain global economy have all contributed to the difficulties that the Tadawul, Saudi Arabia's stock exchange, is experiencing. However, reforms within the exchange, and the country at large, provide hope for the future.

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The Africa connection: how co-operation in the mobile money sector is improving financial inclusion

January 19, 2016

A global leader in the mobile money sector, Africa looks set to go from strength to strength in this field as the continent's banks and network operators forge an increasingly co-operative relationship, leaving the customer as the ultimate winner.

Top 100 African Banks ranking: Egypt emerges

January 4, 2016

Egyptian and Nigerian lenders put in the most notable performances in The Banker's Top 100 African Banks ranking, while South African institutions continue to dominate the upper echelons of the table.

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Investing in African banks

January 4, 2016

Having undergone a series of consolidations, and operating in a region with a young, largely unbanked population, Africa's banks are attracting the attention of investors from all over the world. However, choosing where to invest remains a challenge.

Slow growth forces UAE banks into new markets

Slow growth forces UAE banks into new markets

December 1, 2015

A slower growing economy and tighter liquidity environment are presenting the United Arab Emirates' lenders with a new set of challenges. Will expanding their international presence provide a solution?

The Banker's Top Islamic Financial Institutions ranking: a bump on a path of progress

November 2, 2015

Despite a fall in total assets, The Banker's 2015 survey of the Top Islamic Financial Institutions indicates that the market is continuing to move in the right direction, with sharia-compliant institutions improving access to and delivery of services, developing microfinance services, and forming stronger strategic partnerships across Asia.

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