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Sub-Saharan Africa's two-pronged M&A trend

March 9, 2020

M&A activity has been a prominent feature of sub-Saharan Africa's banking sector in recent years, with the reason behind these moves tending to be one of crisis or expansion.

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What is behind Kenya's M&A run?

March 9, 2020

Kenya has been a hotbed of M&A activity in the banking sector in the past 12 months. The Banker looks at the factors behind this.

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GCC banks consolidate as oil prices remain flat

March 9, 2020

There have been a high number of mergers and acquisitions across the GCC region in recent years, with lower oil prices leading lenders to increasingly look to consolidation. 

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FirstBank CEO views Nigeria future with optimism

March 6, 2020

The CEO of First Bank of Nigeria talks about the outlook for consolidation in the country's banking sector, and whether payment service lenders present a threat.

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The Banker's Top Islamic GCC Banks ranking 2020: Saudis dominate a healthy picture

March 4, 2020

The Banker's Top Islamic GCC Banks ranking shows that despite uncertainty over the future of oil revenues, the region's Islamic banks continue to chalk up impressive numbers. 

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Will CFA franc renaming bring small change to west Africa?

February 10, 2020

The move to rename the CFA franc the 'eco' has been broadly welcomed. But what will the repercussions be throughout west Africa? 

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South Sudan finance minister hails fragile peace

January 31, 2020

South Sudan’s minister for finance and economic planning tells The Banker about the economic benefits of peace.

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Angola finance minister seeks return to stability

January 24, 2020

Angola’s finance minister talks to John Everington about debt reduction, fighting corruption and the country’s quest for diversification.

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Robert Mogielnicki: the grim outlook for Iran’s economy

January 2, 2020

Stagflation and high unemployment have led Iran to raise fuel prices – resulting in violent protests. But while US sanctions are not helping, Iran must tackle serious economic reforms, says the resident scholar of the Arab Gulf States Institute.

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Gulf states gear up to establish fintech ecosystems

January 2, 2020

The Arabian Gulf is lagging other regions when it comes to embracing fintech but now its countries are formulating strategies to launch hubs of their own. 

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