A Trade Bloc Is Born

A Trade Bloc Is Born

A new tariff-reduction deal aims to knit Africa together economically. But with infrastructure and productivity deficits, is the continent ready to take advantage of it? 

Increasingly Diverse Landscape

Increasingly Diverse Landscape

Sector and geographical diversity in our ranking are on the rise, as oil and gas keep a low profile and big sub-Saharan economies stall.   

Enter The Dragon

Chinese finance is stepping up in Africa. While other powers worry about Beijing’s growing influence, it’s hard for cash-strapped governments to say no. 

Africa Supplement 2018

Africa Supplement 2018

The African continent contains some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Collectively, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa alone is projected to climb to an average 3.6% in 2019–20, up from 3.1% in 2018, according to the World Bank. Yet it is also home to many of the poorest countries, with the lowest GDP per capita. With its fast-growing population, rapid urbanization, and expanding middle class, the potential for further economic growth in Africa is enormous. But there remain many barriers to realizing anything near the continent’s full potential. 

New Road To Growth

A free trade pact, new infrastructure investment, and diaspora bonds are some of the ingredients in Africa’s recipe for economic expansion.

Picking Up Steam

Railway development in Africa as a path to economic growth is attracting capital and government support. 

South Africa's New Challengers

Out with the old, in with the new? Not quite, as the region’s incumbent banks are stepping up to the challenge presented by a spate of new, digital-only entrants that have no legacy system costs.      

The Next Frontier For African Banking

With customers hungry for new digital experiences and a large unbanked population, Africa is shaping up as a bellwether of how banks can truly embrace the digital age and serve customers better.