Latest articles from Africa

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First Bank of Nigeria CEO seeks to complete transformation

March 1, 2018

Adesola Adeduntan, the chief executive and managing director of First Bank of Nigeria, talks to James King about his digitalisation strategy and the fight to reclaim the position of Nigeria’s number one lender.

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BitPesa eases FX pain in Africa

January 2, 2018

Elizabeth Rossiello, founder and chief executive of BitPesa, talks to Joy Macknight about using Bitcoin and its underlying technology, blockchain, to resolve currency exchange issues in African markets. 

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Akinwumi A Adesina: Africa's nutrition challenge

January 2, 2018

Africa's most urgent problem is that of poor nutrition, which is responsible for stunting children's growth – and, ultimately, their future economic prospects. But the continent has the right tools to end malnutrition if its leaders exercise their combined will, writes the president of the African Development Bank.

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Archer Mangueira: getting Angola's import-export balance right

January 2, 2018

The Angolan finance minister talks to James King about his reform plans to bolster foreign exchange reserves while making the country more self-sufficient in key goods.

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Nigeria edges closer to Islamic banking goal

December 1, 2017

Now that important issuance and regulation milestones have been passed, Nigeria is well placed to succeed in its aim to become Africa’s Islamic banking hub. Kit Gillet reports.

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GTBank chief seeks to lead Nigeria in SMEs and digital

November 1, 2017

Guaranty Trust Bank chief executive officer and managing director Segun Agbaje tells James King about its expansion plans, with a focus on digital and SME business, and why he backs more relaxed monetary policy in Nigeria.

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Côte d’Ivoire prime minister looks to maintain peacetime profitability

October 2, 2017

Beset by civil war in recent times, Côte d’Ivoire has now emerged as one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. The country's prime minister and minister of budget and state portfolio, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, tells James King why Côte d’Ivoire can be relied upon in a political sense, and how he plans to maintain its levels of foreign investment.

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African microinsurers plant seeds of hope to resist drought

September 1, 2017

Natural disasters continually stall the growth of the Africa's poorest communities. While building resilience is vital, solutions are often not cost-effective. Now microinsurers are using simple and advanced technology to establish a new market that helps mitigate losses. James King reports.

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Africa's last international banks make their stand

September 1, 2017

The rise of Africa’s home-grown financial players has led most international lenders to withdraw from the continent. However, Société Générale and Standard Chartered are not only staying put but marking territory for digital expansion. James King reports.

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Letshego chief aims to lead race for African financial inclusion

August 1, 2017

Botswana-based Letshego is using years of experience to fulfil its aim of reaching sub-Saharan Africa's unbanked population, as group managing director Chris Low tells James King.

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