Monday 30, October 2017    |   The business of banking

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  • 14    Africa faces fiscal frustrations

    Growth is slower, recovery is expected in the near-term, but there are challenges to be faced, writes Edmund Higenbottam, Managing Director of Verdant…

  • 26    Reducing risk with regulatory reform

    The African continent is dipping its toes into corporate governance and many countries are implementing far-reaching regulations, according to Dawda…

  • 36    Building the businesses of Africa

    Business and financial consultancy fintech developer MES & DAK is bringing business to the micro entrepreneur.

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  • Why data should be the centre of your IT infrastructure strategy

     

    We’ve been talking about data growth for the past two decades, but data is accelerating like never before, writes Christian Putz, Director, Emerging EMEA, Pure Storage for Banker…

  • Continental transformation

     

    Africa’s fintech culture is transforming the continent’s FX landscape according to Tim Hutchinson, Head of Digital for Financial Markets, Standard Bank Group.

    Africa’s…

  • Sweeping advancement in control risks in Africa

     

    In a new report Control Risks has examined the differences in risks and rewards across African nations.

    2017 saw substantial political upheaval in Africa with significant power…

  • Kenya: driving change

     

    Kenya’s economic growth has been held back by a failure to fully exploit the talents of the country’s professional accountants, says the ACCA in a new report.

    In many…

  • A new way to measure poverty in South Africa

     

    Derek Yu, Associate Porfessor, Economics at the University of the Western Cape sheds some light on the workings of the multidimensional poverty index.

    There’s more to understanding…

  • African Sukuk still on the rise

     

    Islamic Business & Finance looks at how Sukuk could still be the key to unlocking Africa’s potential

    Many African countries have been on the brink of an Islamic…

  • The education opportunity

     

    Mark Desario, Co-founder and CEO, Investbridge Capital and board member of Africa Crest Education spoke with Banker Africa about the company’s foray into the African education…

  • How financial organisations can counter ransomware

     

    By Gregg Petersen, Regional Vice President, Middle East & Africa at Veeam Software

    After becoming one of the main cybersecurity threats in 2016 and causing global chaos in…

  • Digital disruption: more than an opportunity for banks in west Africa

     

    By Murray Gardiner, Business Director for Inclusive Banking at Temenos

     

    It is an unfortunate fact that the majority of west Africans do not have a bank account; many…

  • Driving change

     

    Rivaan Roopnarain Senior Manager and Costa Natsas, Leader: Africa, both at PwC Banking & Capital Markets, discuss current and emerging banking industry trends across Middle East and…

  • Partnership potential of financial services

     

    Banker Africa spoke with Michael Wiegand, Director of Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about how the organisation is trying to grow…

  • Does mobile money benefit banks?

     

    Banks should poise themselves to take advantage of mobile money, Nomanini CEO & Co-founder Vahid Monadjem tells Banker Africa

    What kind of opportunity does…

  • Electrifying the generations

     

    Rural electrification is one of the biggest challenges facing African nations but Alexandre Allegue, Chairman and Co-Founder of Pawame thinks he has the solar solution

    Founded…

  • Mauritius: a tropical success

     

    Despite challenges, the Mauritian economic miracle continues to perform

    Mauritius has for the past 30 years fostered a reputation for stability and sound fiscal management. The…

  • 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…

  • Egypt: the investment gateway to Africa

    Hassan Abdalla—CEO of the Arab African International Bank (AAIB) sat for an interview with Banker Africa on how Egypt’s rising economic prerogatives can help accelerate African economic…

  • 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…

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