Latest articles from Africa

Killer-heeled guard of Botswana’s billions

March 7, 2005

Linah Mohohlo, governor of the Bank of Botswana, talks to Karina Robinson about fighting Aids and watching South Africa .

At the mercy of debt

March 7, 2005

Nigeria’s finance minister is campaigning hard for debt relief for the country and finding plenty of sympathy but little action so far.James Eades reports.
Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is on the road to convince the country’s creditors to forgive its debts. Two months into the year hailed by many as the year of Africa, the timing arguably could not be better. But she is finding that a sympathetic hearing does not necessarily equate with actual debt relief.

Euro-Med pact drives reforms

February 2, 2005

Merger moves in Morocco and the promise of privatisation in Algeria give hope for a more vibrant banking sector in the Maghreb region, writes Jon Marks.

Sim Tshabalala

February 2, 2005

Rising fortunes for Africa’s banks

December 1, 2004

The Banker’s Top 100 ranking of African banks shows an upward trend in Tier 1 capital and assets and profits for the region.

Regulation shake-up bodes well for Egypt

November 4, 2004

Egypt has a new prime minister and a new economic reform programme, but will anything change? How will the new government of Dr Ahmed Nazif provide the economic stimulus the country desperately needs? Stephen Timewell reports.

Barclays’ South African bid provides a litmus test

November 4, 2004

South Africa’s market potential lies in extending services to poorer, unbanked areas, so how will a foreign bank fair in this environment?

Arab banks’ profits soar

November 4, 2004

Political troubles have had little impact on the region’s banking sector, judging by this year’s Top 100 ranking.

New vision transforms development bank

November 4, 2004

After years of mismanagement, the Central African States Development Bank has made a remarkable financial recovery in just three years, under the stewardship of president Anicet Georges Dologuélé. By Fabien Buliard.
The Central African States Development Bank (La Banque de Développement des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale – BDEAC) is sparing no effort to restore its credibility, following a period of dormancy throughout the 1990s in which it ceased all lending activities to focus on reimbursing its debt and recovering a staggering amount of outstanding payments.