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? 

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.

Special Cases

The complex wealth of globe-trotting executives and entrepreneurs comes with unique considerations, requiring specialized understanding and advice.

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.

Markets Cheer Change in Pretoria

The rand and South African stocks rallied on the news of Zuma's removal as the republic's president, but challenges remain for his successor.


Best Bank In The World | Q&A with ING CEO

ING CEO Ralph Hamers talks to Global Finance about what it has taken for the bank to turnaround after the financial crisis, its digital strategy and the changes expected to disrupt the banking system in future.

Serbia Increases Its Allure For Foreign Investors

Serbia took pole position in the 2016 global performance index for greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) released by fDi Intelligence, an FT data division. It displaced Vietnam, index leader for the two previous years.

Poland’s Fight With The EU: Enter The Bison

European Court of Justice's interim measures against Poland for logging in the Białowieża forest further strains relations between the country and the EU spearking fears of a Polexit

Barclays Brought Before The Bench

The UK has brought criminal charges against Barclays and four former executives over deals made with Qatar in the depths of the 2008 financial crisis.

Trade Winds Shifting

New patterns are disrupting global trade, altering relationships and reshaping international business practices. 

Thinking Forward

ING, long a pioneer in direct banking, is planning for a digital future that chairman and CEO Ralph Hamers says will transform the experience of both retail and wholesale customers.

Bankers Talk Shop And Take Prizes

Bankers Talk Shop And Take Prizes

The title—“Back to the Future?”—was possibly a little mischievous, given recent political trends; yet the discussions at this year’s Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) Europe Bank-to-Bank Forum were anything but impish.

China To Rule Renewables

China is committed to investing more than $360 billion in domestic renewable energy and supporting technologies by 2020, building on its existing position as the world’s largest investor in renewables.