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African bank wins digital strategy award

Pan-African Bank, Ecobank, wins Best Digital Strategy Award...

2 days ago

Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech

Moroccan company Hmizate, which since 2011 has provided an e-commerce platform offering users access to goods, food, travel services and deals, has expanded into fintech with the launch of HmizatePay...

By Tom Jackson 16 May 2018

Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade

The AfCFTA's potential as a tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development was highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's Conference of Ministers...

By Benjamin Ouma 15 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Pitching for Africa

There's no denying Africa is the place to be. Business is booming, international investors are interested, and there are deals for the taking, if you know how to secure them. Here's how to do so, effectively, from both the corporate/sponsor and startup perspective...

By Leigh Andrews 8 May 2018

Africa's new free trade area - streamlining trade and infrastructure development

Increasing intra-African trade is essential for the growth and development of the continent and so the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), set to be the first continent-wide African trade agreement, is good news...

By Kieran Whyte and Jen Stolp 8 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Feed our startup gazelles and unicorns with funding

Last week's AfricArena media event highlighted the continent's 'funding starvation syndrome', the African startup pyramid, and why we need to boost both the African startup gazelles and unicorns alike...

By leigh andrews 3 May 2018

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..

23 Apr 2018

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

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

#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: 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

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