Monday 27, March 2017    |   The business of banking

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  • 16    Driving financial inclusion in Africa

    Verdant Capital has identified four main themes as the driving forces behind financial inclusion.

  • 40    West Africa’s digital future

    Digital infrastructure is growing in the West African region, according to a new report.

  • 42    Covering the underserved

    Jamii Africa is looking to change the insurance landscape with its innovative micro-health insurance product.

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  • CEMAC zone progresses but fiscal challenges loom

     

    Jan Friederich, Head of Middle East and Africa Sovereigns, and Marina Stefani, Fitch Ratings writes for Banker Africa

    The Central African Economic and Monetary Community’s…

  • Banking on the future?

     

    Imran Patel, Vice President at Verdant Capital, discusses the opportunities and challenges in the DRC one year on after his firm opened its representative office…

  • Bridging the horizon

     

    Banker Africa sat down with Charles Cartier, Chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Mauritius to discuss the inception of the EDB and the…

  • Djibouti port changes hands

     

    Following Government intervention Djibouti's crucial port on the Horn of Africa has transferred management, spurring US concerns

    In…

  • Venture forth

     

    Eva Warigia, Executive Director, EAVCA speaks with Banker Africa about what 2018 holds for the venture capital…

  • Financial services disrupted: open banking and AI

     

    There are two key technological developments that stand out as major disruptors in the banking and finance space, says Wissam Khoury, Managing Director, MEA,…

  • Crashing into the future

     

    Jaco Gerrits, the CEO of South African-based start-up CrashDetech, spoke with Banker Africa about what the company is trying to achieve and what the…

  • Francophone Africa to the fore

     

    Dr Cheick Modibo Diarra, former Prime Minister of Mali, sat with Banker Africa to discuss the challenges facing francophone Africa and how to attract international…

  • How financial inclusion can beat poverty

     

    There are three key strategies to enabling financial inclusion, says Jacqueline Musiitwa, the Executive Director of Financial Sector Deepening Uganda. …

  • Africa: the year for investment

     

    Banker Africa sat down with Jean-Claude Bastos De Morais, Founder and Group CEO, Quantum Global Group, to discuss the growing Gulf-African trade corridor and what the economic…

  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins 2017 Ibrahim Prize

     

    The award was presented after a two-year hiatus.

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf left office as President of Liberia in late…

  • South Africa on the precipice

     

    South Africa is in need of reform to put its economy on the right track. 

    We turn to South Africa…

  • Jacob Zuma leaves office

     

    After intense pressure from within his own party, Jacob Zuma resigned his post as President of South Africa.

    Jacob…

  • The rise of GCC bonds

     

    On the back of strong foreign investor demand, Banker Middle East looks at how the appetite for GCC debt is expected to continue in 2018 despite precarious oil prices and geopolitical…

  • Cabo Verde turns green

     

    Cabo Verde announced an ambitious goal of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025.

    Cabo Verde has pledged as part of its ‘sustainable…

  • Flight to safety subsides; attention shifts to data

     

    The war of words between Trump and North Korea, has largely dictated the direction of the market for the past 24 hours, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM. 

  • What makes a great modern CFO?

    Samuel Dergel, Principal at Dergel Executive Search

    Accounting may be a technical field, but the modern finance department cannot thrive on technical skills alone. Every client I speak with…

  • BIS experts go on record: Has global economic sentiment swung too far?

    On-the-record remarks by Claudio Borio, Head of the Monetary and Economic Department, 21 June 2017 on the latest BIS Annual Report 2017As last year's Annual Report went to print, gloom prevailed, in…

  • Building the future: A4AC

    Banker Africa spoke with Anton Bouwer and John Saaiman, two of the three Directors and Co-Founders of Architecture For A Change, a South African start-up.

    Architecture For A Change (A4AC) began…

  • Micro-funding, macro results

    In an exclusive interview with Banker Africa, Mwangi Githaiga, Managing Director of Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) spoke about what the future the microfinance industry looks like for Kenya

  • Trends and policies in the banking & finance industry in Kenya - 2017

    Akash Devani, Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna, and Leah Muchiri, Principal Associate, Anjarwalla & Khanna, a founding legal firm of the Africa Legal Network, write exclusively for Banker Africa

  • Europe mispriced

    The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…

  • Seven finance predictions for 2017

    If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.

    There is much that has…

  • Linking the chain

    Banker Africa sat down with Mohammed Kateeb, Group Chairman & CEO of Path Solutions for a discussion on the effect technology has had on microfinance in Africa.

    What impact has the…

  • IFRS 9 compliance deadline is fast approaching… are you ready?

    Banks need to get their systems and processes in order for IFRS 9 compliance, says Desan Naidoo, VP for Africa Region, SAS.

    Is it just me, or does it seem like the world is still trying to recover…

  • Driving financial inclusion in Africa

    Verdant Capital has identified four main themes as the driving forces behind financial inclusion.

    A critical theme in terms of the development agenda in Africa is financial inclusion, this means…

  • Why SA banks hold the key to mobile payments

    For the South African market to reach the critical mass that will drive the mainstream adoption of mobile payments, consumers need a system they can trust. This is arguably where local banks can –…

  • Creating stability

    Regulation and supervision is improving among African banks’, according to a new report from Moody’s.

    According to a new report released by Moody’s, entitled…

  • Mixed risk for West Africa in 2017

    Control Risks release their annual RiskMap, with low commodity prices and the global economy highlighted as key risks for West Africa.

    Macro-economic instability will…

  • SA: Road to recovery

    All eyes look towards South Africa’s budget for 2017 as challenging factors remain.

    South Africa narrowly avoided a downgrade to sub-investment grade in late November…

  • FXTM analysis–Greenback higher, but no incentives for big moves

    After a muted trading session on Monday due to the US holiday, writes Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, the dollar is finally showing signs of strength in early Asian trade as investors…

  • PR trends that brands shouldn't ignore in 2017

    Time runs fast, and as many other things Public Relations and the overall way of communication have gone through an amazing transformation over the past years, according…

  • Banking on biometrics

    The rise in fraud has diverted banks’ energy and resources, making biometrics an increasingly attractive future for banking, says Nick Perkins, Divisional Director of IDM for Bytes Systems Integration.

  • Egypt’s direction after devaluation

    As the impact of the Egyptian pound’s floatation plays out, banks and ratings agency forecast the future for the market.

    • Egyptian pound devalued from 9/$ to 13/$
    • Overnight…
  • Preparing for the storm

    Despite what you may have heard from political candidates, climate change is happening—and threatening African food security and economic stability if disaster relief needs aren’t met,…

  • Breaking boundaries

    With new operations in the Gulf and a microfinance unit expanding in Africa, Bank of Khartoum is set to lead the way in Islamic banking, says CEO Fadi Al Faqih.What were the preparations like…

  • Funding the gap

    Small businesses make up a vast section of the economy, yet struggle to access finance—Michael Monari, CEO of Longitude Finance, discusses how to reduce lending risk and boost SMEs.There is a…

  • FocusEconomics: Economic Snapshot for the Middle East & North Africa – November 2016

    It’s a tough road ahead for the MENA region despite OPEC’s deal in FocusEconomics Economic Snapshot for the MENA region this November.

    Economic activity in the Middle East and North…

  • In recession, Nigeria looks to SMEs

    Nigeria’s new development bank specifically targeting SMEs joins a host of other initiatives to support small business growth in tough economic times.At the sidelines of the World Bank-IMF annual…

  • Outward expansion increasing risk for Moroccan banks

    Morocco’s largest banks have grown steadily into the regional market, reaping large profits but potentially boosting credit risk.On 4 October, Attijariwafa Bank announced a coup on the acquisition…

  • 'Positive disruptors' in a hard economy

    Orlando Chongo, Managing Director of BancABC Mozambique, discusses the national economy and the ways BancABC is committed to growth.What do you see as the key challenges in achieving financial…

  • A tale of two trends

    The continent’s GDP growth has been revised down to its smallest output in years—but that is not the full story.At the start of the World Bank-IMF annual meeting on 6 October, World Bank…

  • FocusEconomics: Economic Snapshot of Sub-Saharan Africa - October 2016

    The regional outlook has deteriorated, with Q2 performance urging policy action, FocusEconomics Senior Economist Dirina Mançellari said.A complete set of GDP data confirm that the Sub Saharan…

  • It's hard to get rid of the governor of a central bank: here's why

    Ongoing shake-ups in South Africa’s government have threatened to reach the central bank, the South African Reserve Bank, writes Jannie Roussouw, Head of Economic & Business Sciences, University…

  • Inclusion, finance, then growth

    Mohamed Khalif, Manager, Financial Intermediation at African Development Bank (AfDB) spoke with London Bureau Chief Isla MacFarlane at the Africa Financial Services Investment Conference (ASFIC) in…

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