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Professor Njuguna Ndung’u
Business as usual in post-pandemic recovery will only reinforce economic hardship

Africa's low level of economic diversification is a leading factor in the continent's economic fragility. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the risks of countries' over-dependence on a single natural resource such as oil...

By Njuguna Ndung'u 2 days ago

Africa is open for business
Africa is open for business

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, investment opportunities still abound in Africa. Global markets are shifting to South Asia and Africa...

15 Sep 2020

Tijsbert Creemers, managing director and partner, Boston Consulting Group
Mobile payments will unlock new business for banks in Africa

Mobile payments and other phone-based transactions represent a must-win opportunity for banks in Africa. The estimated market in facilitating payments alone is $500bn...

8 Sep 2020

#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Pezesha, Kenya's digital financial enabler platform and marketplace
#WorldEntrepreneursDay: Pezesha, Kenya's digital financial enabler platform and marketplace

Every year, 21 August marks World Entrepreneurs' Day. The purpose of this day is to create awareness of entrepreneurs and innovation throughout the world...

By Evan-Lee Courie 21 Aug 2020

#WomensMonth: Suzanne Morel shares how Mastercard SA is powering up women in SA
#WomensMonth: Suzanne Morel shares how Mastercard SA is powering up women in SA

Suzanne Morel, country manager for Mastercard SA, shares some insights into how Mastercard is giving power to women...

By Evan-Lee Courie 17 Aug 2020

Residents of Lamu, Kenya, accuse the government of ignoring their concerns and going ahead with the construction of a huge port. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images
Review of nine African 'blue economy' projects shows what works and what doesn't

Africa has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth $1trn per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime transport, shipping and fishing sectors...

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 12 Aug 2020

Central bank (in the background) can no longer perform its function of being the lender of last resort. Shutterstock
Zimbabwe wants to raise money through a sovereign bond. Why this is ill-advised

The Zimbabwean government recently signed an agreement to pay 4,500 white farmers $3.5bn for infrastructure improvements on the land expropriated by the government during the chaotic land reform programme of 1997/8...

By Misheck Mutize 11 Aug 2020

Why the African free trade area could be the game-changer for the continent's economies
Why the African free trade area could be the game-changer for the continent's economies

Most economists see structural transformation as one of the main routes to Africa's sustainable development...

By Muazu Ibrahim 3 Aug 2020

IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva and World Bank group president David Malpass have offered debt relief to developing countries.
Why African countries are reluctant to take up Covid-19 debt relief

A debt service relief package has been approved by some of the world's biggest lenders for more than 25 African countries...

By Misheck Mutize 30 Jul 2020

Network International to acquire DPO in landmark pan-African payments deal
Network International to acquire DPO in landmark pan-African payments deal

DPO Group will support the expansion of Network International's presence across Africa, one of the most under-penetrated and fast-growing payments markets in the world...

29 Jul 2020

East Asian countries have looked up to Japan as a model of success.
What drove Asia's economic success stories, and what should Africa emulate?

The remarkable economic transformation of Asia in recent decades has attracted global attention. It has ignited scholarly and policy debates about the region's development models and strategies...

By Mills Soko 27 Jul 2020

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Covid-19 impact on consumption patterns in Africa's key markets

Prior to the pandemic, Africa was identified as one of the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world, with household consumption growing even faster than GDP...

23 Jul 2020

Richard Neal, MD, Sovereign Trust
SA businesses look offshore to ease Covid-19 pain

The Covid-19 lockdown left a trail of devastation across entire industries - but it has also forced many South African businesses to look for new approaches and markets...

By Richard Neal 21 Jul 2020

Akinwumi Adesina leads a bank that has the USA as its second largest shareholder. CGIAR/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NC-SA
Independence is at the heart of the African Development Bank's ability to be effective

Independence is a cardinal pillar for organisations that are set up to deliver a public good. Their success depends on it...

By Kalu Ojah 13 Jul 2020

How an African startup grew into a global fintech powerhouse
How an African startup grew into a global fintech powerhouse

From humble beginnings in a London flat in 2005, to an African fintech giant in 2020, Mukuru's journey has been one of turning challenges into opportunities for innovation...

By Sandy Rheeder 9 Jul 2020

Safeguarding our communities through the Covid-19 pandemic
Safeguarding our communities through the Covid-19 pandemic

Financial leaders are at a tipping point. The choices they are making today will become the bedrock of the industry for years to come...

By Olga Arara-Kimani 6 Jul 2020

The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation
The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation

The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was brokered by the African Union (AU) and adopted by 44 of its 55 member states on 21 March 2018. By February 2019, all AU countries, save for Eritrea, had become signatories to the AfCFTA, which came into force on 30 May 2019...

By Robyn Berger, Theunis Claassen and Catherine Robson 30 Jun 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari raises his fist during an inspection of honour guards on parade to mark Democracy Day in Abuja, on June 12, 2019.
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Buhari's Covid-19 economic plan: old wine in new wineskins

Covid-19 is increasingly wreaking havoc on the health of Nigerians, but its economic impact may well be more devastating...

By Stephen Onyeiwu 25 Jun 2020

A warning sign advising users to be aware of their surroundings while playing a video game. Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images
Electronic banking fraud in Nigeria: how it's done, and what can be done to stop it

Six years ago, a cashless policy became fully operational in Nigeria. The aim was to encourage electronic transactions with a view to reducing the amount of physical cash in the economy...

By Oludayo Tade 24 Jun 2020

The Nigerian Naira has been under a lot pressure lately
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Nigeria's post-Covid-19 recovery plan has some merit. But it misses the mark

The Covid-19 pandemic will have economic consequences for many countries. In Nigeria, the country's lockdowns froze economic activities, causing job losses and supply chain disruptions.

By Tolu Olarewaju 22 Jun 2020

A deserted street in Cairo after coronavirus-related restrictions were tightened. Egypt has been one of the hardest hit in Africa. Photo by Mohamed Elraai/picture alliance via Getty Images
Controlling Covid-19 will carry devastating economic cost for developing countries

Many African countries quickly closed their borders and imposed lockdown. This meant that, until the beginning of May, no African country had more than 10,000 people affected, with South Africa, Egypt, Morocco or Algeria being the hardest hit...

By Borja Santos Porras 4 Jun 2020

Africa’s dependency on commodity exports, including oil, makes it more vulnerable to the impact of Covid-19. Getty Images
How a post-Covid-19 revival could kickstart Africa's free trade area

The African Continental Free Trade Area was launched two years ago at an African Union (AU) summit in Kigali. It was scheduled to be implemented from 1 July 2020...

By Faizel Ismail 27 May 2020

Clement Chinaka
Slow Covid-19 economic recovery compels African companies to adapt

The World Economic Forum (WEF) reported this week that the pandemic has hit global trade and investment at an "unprecedented speed and scale" and revealed the fragility of the modern supply chain...

By Clement Chinaka 21 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Paxful launches #BuiltWithBitcoin Africa Fund in lockdown
#LockdownLessons: Paxful launches #BuiltWithBitcoin Africa Fund in lockdown

Artur Schaback, one of the co-founders and COO of Paxful, shares how the company has adjusted to life under lockdown...

By Evan-Lee Courie 19 May 2020

A member of the Nigerian Health Task Force fumigates a building in Abuja, Nigeria, as the city struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus. COVID-19 Photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP via Getty Images
Steps to inoculate African economies against the impact of coronavirus

The curve of the coronavirus pandemic started to bend upwards in Africa only recently - just as the curve in the 10 most-affected countries around the world was flattening...

By Chuku Chuku 15 May 2020

To meet the needs of its youthful population, African businesses must expand and governments must invest in infrastructure. Getty Images
Moratorium on debt for Africa? Be careful of unintended consequences

Africa is home to 41 of the International Monetary Fund's 59 Low Income Countries. These are more structurally vulnerable to external shocks such as Covid-19...

By Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal 11 May 2020

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Vultures, doves and African debt: here's a way out

Once again, African countries are confronting overwhelming debt burdens. According to the most recent World Bank debt statistics, they owe a total of $493.6bn in long term debt to their foreign official and commercial creditors. About one third, $117bn, is in the form of tradeable bonds...

By Danny Bradlow 7 May 2020

The street market at Mont-Bouët in Libreville, Gabon. The country was one of 10 on the continent downgraded this year. Getty Images
Why downgrading countries in a time of crisis is an exceptionally bad idea

A number of rating agencies have downgraded emerging market economies during the Covid-19 pandemic. Their actions have raised the question: why do so during a crisis?

By Misheck Mutize 4 May 2020

How Mauritius' outward-focused economy survived previous shocks
How Mauritius' outward-focused economy survived previous shocks

Mauritius is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean. Like other countries, it faces drastic changes to its social and economic landscape with the appearance and spread of Covid-19...

By Harshana Kasseeah 29 Apr 2020

Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangements
Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangements

In the wake of the spread of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the real estate and loan markets in Kenya are bound to be affected...

By Loice Erambo 29 Apr 2020

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