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Economic prospects in Anglophile West Africa are looking up

Nigeria is at last moving out of recession, Ghana's growth continues to be strong, and the smaller countries in the region are picking up as they shake off the lingering effects of the Ebola outbreak in 2013-16..

3 days ago

Kenya's Twiga Foods partners IBM for blockchain-based microfinancing

Kenyan agri-tech startup Twiga Foods has partnered IBM Research to extend access to microloans to 220 food stall retailers across Kenya using a blockchain-based financing system...

By Tom Jackson 19 Apr 2018

Sarb and BoE team up to train African central banks

The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) and the Bank of England (BoE) will work together on providing training and technical assistance to central banks in certain African countries...

17 Apr 2018

Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutions

Housing microfinance can and should become a mainstream offering for financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa...

13 Apr 2018

Why African banks must work with fintech startups

The need for African banks to innovate at a quicker pace and access new customer segments is behind the increasing number of financial institutions partnering with or investing in fintech startups...

By Tom Jackson 13 Apr 2018

Ramaphosa's to do list: seven economic policy areas that will shift the dial

South Africa's new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, seems to have a lot going for him. His early new broom sweeps clean gestures have been incisive and the market indicators are responding well. A plethora of good news has come his way in the weeks since he was sworn in...

By Alan Hirsch 10 Apr 2018

Mobile will change the face of insurance

Many insurers still rely on traditional methods to reach customers, despite a very competitive African market...

9 Apr 2018

Building knowledge-based economies in Africa

Plans necessary to nurture the creative, skilled populations that will form the bedrock of knowledge-led economies in Africa, was discussed at the Next Einstein Forum in Rwanda this week...

29 Mar 2018

Why Africa's Free Trade Area offers so much promise

Africa's free trade area aims to create a single market for goods and services in Africa. By 2030 the market size is expected to include 1.7 billion people with over USD$ 6.7 trillion of cumulative consumer and business spending...

By Landry Signé 27 Mar 2018

Tigo and Uber partner up in East Africa

Tigo Tanzania and Uber partner to offer exciting new offers to customers in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania...

23 Mar 2018

Happiness campaign from APA Insurance

APA Insurance in Kenya aims to spread happiness with its new advertising campaign...

20 Mar 2018

#BizFinFocus: Five disruptions to the African fintech landscape in 2018

Africa is no stranger to financial innovation. Mobile financial wallets have been rapidly adopted by the younger population, with partnerships between telcos and banks set to dominate the future of the mobile payment industry...

By Pieter Zylstra 8 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Fintech a distraction rather than a disruption in Kenya

In Kenya, fintech is a currently distraction not a disruption given the runaway success story of the country's mobile payment system, M-Pesa, since 2007...

By Nicci Botha 7 Mar 2018

#SeamlessAfrica: Banking is not about the app, but connectivity and content

The bank of the future is not necessarily about apps, but about engaging people where they are spending time...

By Nicci Botha 6 Mar 2018

African energy investment set to grow

In Africa, greenfield investment continues in the energy sector, particularly in renewables, which is forecast to grow in coming years...

By Kieran Whyte 6 Mar 2018

New website launched for investors in Africa

Ecobank has launched an African markets website to provide key facts for businesses and investors on the economies of Sub-Saharan Africa...

6 Mar 2018

Mastercard to use Messenger to help SMEs leverage digital payments in Africa, Asia

Mastercard will use Facebook Messenger to provide technology to small businesses in Africa and Asia to drive affordable acceptance of electronic and mobile payments...

1 Mar 2018

Kenya's mSurvey expands into Nigeria

Mobile-first consumer research platform, mSurvey, is expanding into Nigeria, consolidating its position as Africa's leading technology-powered customer loyalty platform...

1 Mar 2018

Olymp Trade: First-rate company for first-time investors

To experience all the benefits of open markets and start making money, newbies should learn to avoid scammers and invest some time and effort into their education...

Issued by Monetary Library 23 Feb 2018

#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps

While access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all will usher in economic growth and job creation on the continent, energy projects in Africa lack sufficient access to financing sources...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Feb 2018

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