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US National Security Advisor John Bolton sees China as a threat to Washington in Africa. EPA-EFE/Shawn Thew
US still sees Africa as important. But it must learn from past mistakes

In December last year the US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, in which he outlined the Trump administration's new Africa strategy...

By Maria Ryan 1 day ago

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African countries need to manage the rising power of credit rating agencies

The rising gap between developmental needs and available financial resources - including poor revenue collection - has pushed sub-Saharan African governments to consider different options to support their budgets...

By Dr Misheck Mutize 2 days ago

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Failure to integrate gender equality is costing African economies billions of dollars

If Africa is to achieve the sustainable development goals, it needs to prioritise women's access to finance...

18 Apr 2019

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More than just a pretty place: Mauritius still preferred by fund managers

Not just the ultimate holiday stop, Mauritius is also a preferred jurisdiction for fund managers looking to establish African-focused funds...

By Michael Denenga & Nicole Paige 17 Apr 2019

Sim Tshabalala, CEO, Standard Bank Group
US-Africa pension funds explore investment opportunties

The latest figures released by the African Development Bank suggest the continent's infrastructure needs amount to between $130-170bn a year, with a current financing gap of $67-$107bn per annum...

11 Apr 2019

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Digital media platform for African finance needs repurposed

Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) announces revamped website...

11 Apr 2019

The next phase of real estate financing in Africa
The next phase of real estate financing in Africa

For a long time, the most prominent players in the African property sector have been private equity or other institutional investors...

By Selwyn Blieden 9 Apr 2019

Closing Africa's infrastructure gap
Closing Africa's infrastructure gap

Never before has the need for infrastructure felt so immediate and acute. This became apparent to me as I travelled to Nairobi, Lagos, Lusaka and Gaborone...

By Gerald Gondo 4 Apr 2019

Copper was part of the deal between the DRC and the Chinese company Sicomines. Shutterstock
The DRC and China's Sicomines: why future deals should be different

It was confidently billed at the time as the "deal of the century". The Sino Congolaise des Mines (Sicomines) was the most significant Chinese investment project in Africa when it was agreed in 2007...

By Andoni Maiza Larrarte & Gloria Claudio-Quiroga 3 Apr 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards winners! Katya Stead @katyalebeque (South Africa), @TheAlushula (Kenya) @BSarabetty (Morocco).
Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism award winners

Kenyan Journalist Patrick Alushula bags overall award, Pan African Journalist of the Year...

2 Apr 2019

Akinwale Goodluck
Policy and the potential of mobile money for financial inclusion

Mobile money has changed the face of financial services forever. It has driven significantly greater financial inclusion in emerging markets around the world, positively impacting whole communities and economies...

By Akinwale Goodluck 29 Mar 2019

Cooperation and economic growth in Africa
Cooperation and economic growth in Africa

Africa must prioritise domestic revenue mobilisation to triple growth and meet its development goals and targets over the next few decades...

28 Mar 2019

Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Rwanda has a booming economy that is controlled by an authoritarian regime Christian Marquardt/EPA-EFE
Rwanda's economic growth has given its strong state even more power

Rwanda has emerged as a model for economic development. The country has taken great strides just 25 years since its horrific genocide...

By Marie E Berry & Laura Mann 27 Mar 2019

Africa's guide to sustainable development goals
Africa's guide to sustainable development goals

Africa must digitise its economies, broaden its tax base, prevent further deterioration of fiscal and debt positions, and aim for double-digit growth to achieve the UN 2030 global goals (SDGs), and the AU Agenda 2063...

25 Mar 2019

Interoperability and financial inclusion in Africa
Interoperability and financial inclusion in Africa

There is still $400m unbanked in Africa, and the goal is to work with the private and financial sector to connect the poor with adequate financial systems...

By Nicci Botha 20 Mar 2019

Africa's heightened appeal as a trade and export destination
Africa's heightened appeal as a trade and export destination

Africa is open for business. With average annual growth for sub-Saharan Africa forecast at 8% until 2023, the continent is looking increasingly attractive as a trade and export destination...

15 Mar 2019

Mindset matters more than income when it comes to consumer prosperity - Nielsen
Mindset matters more than income when it comes to consumer prosperity - Nielsen

When it comes to feeling prosperous, mindset matters more than income, according to the results of Nielsen's new 2019 Changing Consumer Prosperity Report...

11 Mar 2019

Nigerians celebrate the announcement of Muhammadu Buhari’s victory. But can he deliver jobs this time round? EPA/Stringer
What Buhari has to do to take Nigeria's economy to the next level

One of the main reasons newly-elected Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari had been widely expected to lose his bid for a second term was the poor state of the country's economy...

By Stephen Onyeiwu 7 Mar 2019

Sekete Mokgehle, head: global commodity finance, Nedbank CIB
The challenges and opportunities of trade finance in Africa

It's common knowledge that, while the African continent offers many exceptional economic opportunities for forward-thinking businesses and investors, doing business in Africa can be challenging...

By Sekete Mokgehle 27 Feb 2019

Annual Africa Shared Value Summit to be held in Nairobi
Annual Africa Shared Value Summit to be held in Nairobi

This year's Africa Shared Value Summit will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, 23-24 May 2019, at the Radisson Blu Hotel...

25 Feb 2019

Are you ready for the sustainability revolution?
Are you ready for the sustainability revolution?

While it is one of five megatrends that are set to have an undeniable effect on the world we live in, sustainability extends far beyond the single, albeit very important, issue of climate change...

By Patrick Odier 11 Feb 2019

Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is eminently qualified to lead the World Bank.
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The World Bank needs deep reforms to reflect a changing world order

The sudden resignation of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has rekindled debate about leadership succession and the mission of the international financial institution...

By Mzukisi Qobo and Mills Soko 8 Feb 2019

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Listen up! Why Mastercard is becoming a sonic brand

Get ready to recognise the Mastercard brand not only with your eyes but also your ears. That's right, the latest phase of its brand evolution involves sonic melody that's set to form part of your Mastercard brand experience in the future...

By Leigh Andrews 8 Feb 2019

Africa's economic outlook 2019
Africa's economic outlook 2019

African Development Bank to present 2019 African Economic Outlook at 32nd AU Summit...

4 Feb 2019

Adesh Kisten, head of sales i-Pay.
Is the African retail market ready for the digital boom?

More and more African consumers are coming online and their commercial habits are evolving faster than any other demographic in the world...

25 Jan 2019

Mark Schech, Innervation.
#BizTrends2019: Payments, engagement, partnership - African retail trends for 2019

With two key retail periods - Black Friday and festive season - now behind us, retailers are looking for new ways to increase revenue, grow market share, and boost profits...

By Mark Schech 22 Jan 2019

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Brand Finance releases report for the world's most valuable brands in 2019

Italian supercar manufacturer, Ferrari, has reclaimed the title of the world's strongest brand, having last held it in 2014, according to the latest report by Brand Finance...

22 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Private equity's African story
#BizTrends2019: Private equity's African story

What are the key issues and trends related to doing business in Africa in the private equity space?

18 Jan 2019

Who dares wins. Africa offers abundant prospects for venture capitalists
Who dares wins. Africa offers abundant prospects for venture capitalists

Africa is regarded as the next investment frontier as it presents massive opportunities for infrastructure, digital and social impact investment, among others...

By Clive Smith 11 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Business excellence in Africa relies on customer centricity
#BizTrends2019: Business excellence in Africa relies on customer centricity

Doing business in Africa presents multiple opportunities and challenges. To achieve business excellence on the continent, it is essential that we understand consumers in Africa and their changing needs...

By Sarina de Beer 9 Jan 2019

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