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Truecaller eyes out Sub-Saharan Africa's mobile payment space
Truecaller eyes out Sub-Saharan Africa's mobile payment space

Sub-Saharan Africa is the fastest growing mobile market, by 2020 the region will have more than half a billion mobile subscribers to date...

10 hours ago

Investing in your customers yields returns
Investing in your customers yields returns

The 2018 edition of Africa's customer experience summit, CEM Africa, will focus on return on investment as the African CX market matures and investment increases...

14 Jun 2018

From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry
From pineapple juice to agtech: Investors hungry for a piece of Africa's food industry

Africa's agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.

14 Jun 2018

Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides
Make-IT in Africa launches Kenya, Nigeria investment guides

The Make-IT in Africa initiative has launched guides for entrepreneurs raising funding in Kenya and Nigeria, aimed at helping startups overcome one of the key challenges faced on the continent.

By Tom Jackson 7 Jun 2018

Global digital commerce spend forecast to reach $14.7tn by 2022
Global digital commerce spend forecast to reach $14.7tn by 2022

Global consumer spend on digital commerce will reach $14.7tn by 2022, up by 60% on last year's figure of $9.2tn. It's expected to approach $15tn annually...

6 Jun 2018

Orange, Google to co-invest in EMEA startups
Orange, Google to co-invest in EMEA startups

Orange has announced a partnership with Google to join forces to co-invest in startups across the EMEA region...

By Gabriella Mulligan 5 Jun 2018

Why foreign investment is no easy fix for Africa's energy needs
Why foreign investment is no easy fix for Africa's energy needs

Foreign investment in sub-Saharan Africa's power sector has reached a record-high...

By Philipp Trotter and Sabah Abdullah 4 Jun 2018

Kora is the blockchain platform empowering social change in rural Africa.
Kora uses blockchain platform to empower social change in rural Africa

Kora aims to engage with existing communities in rural Africa to combat issues that keep communities circling the poverty drain by using blockchain technology in the current financial system in Africa...

1 Jun 2018

Bassel Khatoun, managing director, director of portfolio management, frontier and Mena, Franklin Templeton emerging markets equity
Investing in Africa's untapped potential

While many investors identify South Africa as the most important market on the continent, when it comes to investing in Africa, we believe there are other countries that offer much untapped long-term potential...

31 May 2018

Addis Ababa © Dereje Belachew
Is Ethiopia the China of Africa?

The growth and transformation plans Ethiopia designed to push its economy into lower middle income status by 2025 bear in them a transition from an agrarian economy to an industrial one...

By Ewnetu Haile 28 May 2018

Tim Hutchinson, head of digital for financial markets, Standard Bank
#AfricaMonth: Fintech breaks down borders in FX trading

The evolution to electronic foreign currency trading in Africa, given its fragmented markets and lack of legacy infrastructure, was slow to start, but has gained in traction.

23 May 2018

African bank wins digital strategy award
African bank wins digital strategy award

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

21 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Africa could be the next frontier for cryptocurrency
#AfricaMonth: Africa could be the next frontier for cryptocurrency

Interest in cryptocurrency, a form of digital currency, is growing steadily in Africa. Some economists say it is a disruptive innovation that will blossom on the continent...

By Pavithra Rao 18 May 2018

Moroccan e-commerce platform Hmizate expands into fintech
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
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: Growthpoint Investec African Properties launched
#AfricaMonth: Growthpoint Investec African Properties launched

First announced in 2015, Growthpoint Investec African Properties (GIAP) is finally off the mark, commencing operations in the pan-African real estate market.

By Sindy Peters 14 May 2018

Jaza Duka benefits local communities by giving them quicker, more reliable access to the products they need most to support their families.
Pilot study to overcome cash constraints for entrepreneurs

Mastercard and Unilever break down barriers to growth for micro entrepreneurs with first-of-its-kind digital lending platform...

9 May 2018

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

Kharom Klamphian © –
#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

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#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

SA's first biometric ATM by FNB
SA's first biometric ATM by FNB

FNB has launched a mini-ATM that uses biometrics as a means of validation for consumers, making it the first bank in South Africa to use this technology for everyday consumer banking...

7 May 2018

Tanzania's new mining laws signal sweeping changes
Tanzania's new mining laws signal sweeping changes

Three new laws, enacted by the country's national assembly in July 2017 under a certificate of urgency, will have a profound impact on Tanzania's resources sector...

By Peter Leon 4 May 2018

Christophe Viarnaud, founder of AfricArena and CEO of French-South African tech company, Methys.
#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

Pemba in northern Mozambique has seen a surge of new arrivals in step with investments to exploit off-shore gas deposits. Flickr
Why natural resource finds are more than just a curse: the case of Mozambique

Natural resources are often thought of as a curse in developing countries, slowing economic growth rather than driving it...

By Gerhard Toews and Pierre-Louis Vézina 26 Apr 2018

Zimbabwe: Adopt rand now - Terrence Mukupe
Zimbabwe: Adopt rand now - Terrence Mukupe

Zimbabwe should adopt the South African rand as its official currency on an interim basis as a way of stabilising the economy, Deputy Finance Minister Terrence Mukupe has said...

25 Apr 2018

Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs
Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs

Apart from the sound investment case for investing in the global agriculture and food value chain, investments in agriculture address a number of critical SDGs by tackling issues such as extreme poverty, food security and lack of job opportunities...

25 Apr 2018

Dan Sackey, regional executive for Anglophone West Africa & managing director of Ecobank Ghana
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
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

Source: AGCO Corporation
Partnership provides financial solution for Zambian farmers purchasing farm machinery

A retail finance partnership between AGCO, Zambia Limited and the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (Zanaco) have been launched at AgriTech. The partnership will provide retail financial solutions for farmers purchasing machinery from AGCO's Massey Ferguson brand...

19 Apr 2018

CoinAfrique app makes its mark in francophone Africa
CoinAfrique app makes its mark in francophone Africa

Tech startup, CoinAfrique, which claims to be the most downloaded classifieds app in francophone Africa, has garnered €2.5m from several investors in its first round of venture capital financing...

19 Apr 2018

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