An EU In Africa?

MILESTONES   By Tiziana Barghini   Twenty-two years after the Maastricht Treaty—which paved the way for Europe’s economic and monetary union—was signed, five Eastern African countries have inked a similar pact for an area that is much smaller than the ...

Polls & Stats: Africa’s Slippery Slope

  “A $30 decline in oil price over the baseline level shows that, among developing regions, Sub-Saharan Africa is the most impacted, with GDP growth declining by some 1.3 percentage points and current account balances worsening by 4.5 percentage points ...

Global Salon: Francisco Ferreira

SIDESTEPPING THE BOOM AND BUST   By Tiziana Barghini   Global Finance sat down with Francisco Ferreira, chief economist, Africa, at the World Bank, to discuss the continent’s economic outlook. The pace of growth in Africa hovered around an impressive ...

Sub-Saharan Africa: Mind The Gap

REGIONAL FOCUS   By Dan Keeler   Perceptions of poverty and corruption have long dogged sub-Saharan African countries looking for investment. But as growing interest in Africa’s economies has morphed into a frenzy of investment, a new perception gap is ...

Editor's Letter: The New Geography

There is a new definition of the emerging markets and their characteristics that confutes many old and accepted axioms; for example, the idea that the cost of labor is cheaper in developing countries, or that governance is more advanced and regulations are more enforced in developed countries.

Africa: Chad's Pipeline Dreams

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP By Antonio Guerrero Despite declining oil output levels in recent years, Chad is expecting to triple production by 2015 as new oilfields near Lake Chad begin operations. Output is forecasted to rise to 200,000 barrels per day ...

Africa Auditions For A Leading Role

ANNUAL SUPPLEMENT: AFRICA 2013   With a stunning twist of fate, companies that are looking for a refuge from the turmoil of recent years in developed markets are turning their attention to the continent that for much of the past ...

North Africa: Trading In Stability

ANNUAL SUPPLEMENT: AFRICA 2013   By Dan Keeler   Developed-markets watchers hope tightening trade ties and increasing foreign direct investment will help ease tensions in North Africa.   Two years after the Arab Spring swept through North Africa and beyond, ...

Africa's Infrastructure: Power To The People

ANNUAL SUPPLEMENT: AFRICA 2013   By Dan Keeler   Innovative financing techniques and growing investor sophistication are prompting a surge of interest in sub-Saharan infrastructure projects.   Sub-Saharan Africa is rapidly turning into the growth and investment story of the ...

Africa's Mobile Banking: Boom Or Bust?

ANNUAL SUPPLEMENT: AFRICA 2013   By Erik Heinrich   Africa’s mobile-banking boom is a complicated tale of East versus West. But who’s approach will prove right in the end?   Mobile banking is a force for social and economic change ...

Frontier Markets Report: Côte d’Ivoire

RETURN TO GLORY?
​Côte d’Ivoire has the opportunity to regain its status as a leading African economy. Blessed with a wealth of natural resources, a pleasant climate, a strategical location and a level of infrastructure unrivaled in West Africa, Côte d’Ivoire was long recognized as one of the continent postcolonial stars.

Country Report: Nigeria

THE RIGHT ROUTE FOR GROWTH By Antionio Guerrero   Nigeria has averaged 7% growth over the past decade. But effectively managing its continued expansion is proving problematic. Infrastructure investment is a key challenge.   The Nigeria stock exchange building in ...

World's Best Banks 2013: Africa

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt   MOBILE BANKING STIMULATES ECONOMIC GROWTH IN AFRICA Africa is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for mobile payments. Money transfers using mobile phones will exceed $200 billion in ...

Frontier Markets: Namibia

Namibia’s fortunes may be about to change dramatically, as recent surveys have shown its offshore geology could rival the biggest oil discoveries of recent years. But even without its oil prospects, Namibia has quietly established itself as an attractive investment destination. A recent Bloomberg Markets study placed Namibia among the world’s 20 most attractive emerging markets from an investment standpoint.