Hailemariam To Lead Ethiopia’s Transformation

NEWSMAKERS: ETHIOPIA   By Valentina Pasquali   Plagued by corruption and emerging from three decades of stable but authoritarian government, Ethiopia is undergoing its first peaceful transfer of power after the death, in August, of longtime prime minister Meles Zenawi.   ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

ZIMBABWE'S BANKS TOLD TO BOLSTER CAPITAL RESERVES   By Antonio Guerrero   With the goal of stabilizing the financial system in mind, Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank has boosted minimum capital requirements for banks by as much as 900%.   Zimbabwe’s banks ...

Country Report: Nigeria

TIME FOR CHANGE   By Antonio Guerrero   Nigeria holds great promise with its massive oil reserves, but endemic corruption, unfettered militant attacks on pipelines and lack of regulatory clarity could halt progress in its tracks.   When the Nigerian ...

Company to Watch: Mr Price / South Africa

RETAILER EXPANDS IN NIGERIA   By Gordon Platt   Mr Price Group has developed a successful retail formula in South Africa that could work well in markets across Africa.   The majority of Mr Price’s 1000-plus stores are in South Africa, ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

PLATINUM MINING PROJECT PROMISES BIG REWARDS   By Antonio Guerrero   South Africa’s state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has entered into a $420 million public-private partnership to develop a mine that could become one of the world’s largest platinum producers over ...

World’s Best Banks 2012: Africa

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt AFRICA Not only is Africa rich in natural resources, but it also offers the promise of fast economic growth in a number of countries, and a population lacking basic banking services. ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

SOUTH AFRICAN MINING TO GET VENTURE CAPITAL INCENTIVES   By Antonio Guerrero   South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan will grant a major venture capital incentive for SME mining companies.   South Africa: Investing in small mining operations South African finance ...

Nigerian Candidate Breaks The World Bank Mold

NEWSMAKERS: GLOBAL   By Luca Ventura   When Robert Zoellick announced in February that he would leave the World Bank in June, at the expiration of his five-year term as president, initial speculation over his possible successor revolved around the usual ...

WORLD'S BEST EMERGING MARKET BANKS IN AFRICA 2012

Global Finance names the World’s Best Emerging Market Banks 2012 in Africa NEW YORK, March 20, 2012 — Global Finance magazine has named the “Best Emerging Market Banks in Africa” in an exclusive survey to be published in the May ...

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

SA-SWAZILAND RAILWAY LINK (FINALLY) GETS THE GREEN LIGHT   By Antonio Guerrero   Transnet, South Africa's state-owned transit and logistics company, and Swaziland Railway have joined forces to complete a $2.2 billion railway linking their two countries, a plan under ...

Country Report: Morocco

TURNING POINT   By Michael Shari   One of Africa's most vibrant economies is in the midst of a high-stakes political transition that will determine whether it continues on a path of reform or contends with the type of backlash that shook ...