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Fear spreads easily. That's what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

One way to count the cost of the Wuhan coronavirus is by how many people catch it, and then how many die. Another is the direct financial costs of public health measures to treat those infected and contain its spread...

By Ilan Noy 30 Jan 2020

Activist Greta Thunberg was among attendees who want the world’s leaders to prioritise fighting climate change.
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How CEOs, experts and philosophers see the world's biggest risks differently

We live in a world threatened by numerous existential risks that no country or organisation can resolve alone, such as climate change, extreme weather and the coronavirus...

By Christopher Michaelson 28 Jan 2020

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How fintechs are making Africa a leading global innovation hub

In a continent where over 60% of the adult population is unbanked and the financial sector is considerably underdeveloped, fintech has been a welcomed revolution...

By Josephine Wawira 27 Jan 2020

China in lockdown. EPA
Coronavirus does not look like a 'black swan' event - here are some reasons to be cautiously optimistic

The alarm is sounding again. The Asia financial markets were reasonably calm about the new coronavirus until the news of the lockdown of the whole city of Wuhan in China on 23 January...

By Zheng Wang 27 Jan 2020

#BFGlobal500: Amazon breaks $200bn mark, still world's most valuable brand
#BFGlobal500: Amazon breaks $200bn mark, still world's most valuable brand

Amazon makes history as the first brand in Brand Finance Global 500 ranking to exceed $200bn value mark and retains title of world's most valuable brand for the third consecutive year...

22 Jan 2020

Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge
Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge

Member States of the African Union (AU) have a combined population of over 1.2 billion people and gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion - yet the continent accounts for less than 3% of world trade...

By Andrew Skipper 21 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Disrupting legacy African payments - going digital
#BizTrends2020: Disrupting legacy African payments - going digital

A country's payments system is probably not the first thing we think of when we think about the challenge of economic development. But payments are key to the bottom-up economic growth urgently needed...

By Murray Gardiner 17 Jan 2020

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US is more relaxed about oil spike than Europe - which helps explain differences over Iran

Oil prices shot up following the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, rising more than $5 per barrel to more than $71 (£54) on January 6, its highest level since the Saudi oil refinery attack last September...

By Mueid Al Raee 15 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Finance & Insurance
#BestofBiz 2019: Finance & Insurance

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

The digital economy's environmental footprint is threatening the planet
The digital economy's environmental footprint is threatening the planet

Modern society has given significant attention to the promises of the digital economy over the past decade. But it has given little attention to its negative environmental footprint...

By Raynold Wonder Alorse 9 Dec 2019

#GlobalGenderSummit: 'Financial sector has a responsibility to women of Africa' - AfDB president
#GlobalGenderSummit: 'Financial sector has a responsibility to women of Africa' - AfDB president

At the recent inaugural session of the Global Gender Summit, hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the organisation's president, Akinwumi Adesina, called for greater access to finance for African women...

29 Nov 2019

Kyle Mandy
Technology makes it easier for taxpayers

Technology employed by economies across the globe has made it substantially easier for businesses to pay their taxes...

29 Nov 2019

Ross Jenvey
FDI on the rise in Africa

While foreign direct investment (FDI) is falling in other global markets, it is on the rise in Africa, with approximately $46bn in FDI flowing into the continent in 2018 - an 11% increase compared to the previous year...

25 Nov 2019

Annual digital commerce spend to climb to $19tn by 2024
Annual digital commerce spend to climb to $19tn by 2024

A new study by Juniper Research reveals that global spending on digital commerce will reach $18.7 trillion by 2024, up from $11.2 trillion in 2019...

20 Nov 2019

African infrastructure investment exceeded $100bn in 2018
African infrastructure investment exceeded $100bn in 2018

Infrastructure financing in Africa Africa exceeded $100bn for the first time in 2018, but significant financing gaps still remain...

18 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa
#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa

The next technological evolution is advancing at an exponential rate and by leaving out some on this journey, we allow the current societal divides and inequalities to deepen...

By Sindy Peters 15 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: "Every consumer today behaves like a millennial, your business needs to catch up!"
#AfricaCom: "Every consumer today behaves like a millennial, your business needs to catch up!"

Dion Jerling, co-founder of Connect Earth was chair of the third and final day of AfricaCom 2019's keynote sessions. He said there had been closer to 17,000 attendees than predicted 15,000 and convened a panel discussion on getting user experience (UX) right...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Nov 2019

Pieter de Villiers, co-founder and CEO, Clickatell
#AfricaCom: Chat commerce leapfrogs in Africa

Chat commerce and chat banking have revolutionised the way companies are serving their customers. Without having to invest in new architecture, companies are able to meet and engage with their clients on the platforms of their choice...

13 Nov 2019

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#AfricaCom: Future of digital financial services in Africa

According to the World Economic Forum, there are 700m people using digital financial services globally, of which half are in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 12 Nov 2019

Akinwumi Adesina
African investment confidence reaping rewards

Africa is ready to absorb more investments. The risk perceptions from the continent, while high, are often exaggerated. And they do not often match what data shows and return performance on investment...

12 Nov 2019

Lee Naik, CEO of TransUnion Africa
Driving the fintech and regulation success story

Tell me if you've heard this one before. Somewhere in Africa, some savvy entrepreneurs come up with a potentially disruptive solution to a longstanding infrastructural challenge...

By Lee Naik 8 Nov 2019

Singapore's Senior Miniter, Tharman Shanmugaratnam
Africa can be world's next economic hub

With the right policies and linkages, Africa can become an indispensable global economic hub...

7 Nov 2019

The border closure has affected goods from other West African countries. Wikimedia Commons
Nigeria's border closure has implications for Africa's economic integration

Nigeria recently partially closed its border with Benin in an effort to stem the smuggling of rice. It then went on to close its land borders to the movement of all goods from Benin, Niger and Cameroon, effectively banning trade flows with its neighbours...

By Tahiru Azaaviele Liedong 28 Oct 2019

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Report explores African investment options

African investment has traditionally been dominated by its big economies but the long-awaited emergence of intercontinental trade blocs is shifting the balance of power...

25 Sep 2019

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Hello Paisa consumers can now transact on WhatsApp

Hello Paisa recently introduced banking features for its consumers on WhatsApp...

25 Sep 2019

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Where to invest in Africa

Rand Merchant Bank's ninth edition of Where to Invest in Africa is returning to its roots - the sectors that are key to unlocking the continent's growth potential...

19 Sep 2019

Blockchain deployments across financial services ecosystems to be seen in the future
Blockchain deployments across financial services ecosystems to be seen in the future

Lack of interoperability standards will prevent pervasive blockchain deployment across financial services ecosystems for at least three years...

16 Sep 2019

Dion Shango, CEO, PwC Africa
Africa's CEOs still looking for growth amid uncertainties

African business leaders are less optimistic about the strength of the global economy and their organisations' ability to grow revenues in both the short and medium term than they were a year ago...

9 Sep 2019

Millions of people have been displaced from countries like Mali. Can a free trade zone create more security? NICOLAS REMENE/EPA-EFE
The African free trade zone can't ignore continent's security issues

The new African free trade zone came into effect at the end of May 2019. All of the African Union's (AU) member states are now legally bound to allow African goods to be traded without restraint throughout the continent...

5 Sep 2019

Area 4, Rovuma Basin, Mozambique
Oil & gas set to be the backbone of African growth

A string of successful exploration projects over the last decade has seen the number of African countries with proven oil and gas reserves rise to 28...

28 Aug 2019

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