China’s recent efforts to make it easier for global investors to access its enormous stock markets in Shanghai and Shenzhen were not enough to persuade MSCI to include these “China A shares” in its widely followed Emerging Markets Index just yet.
With each country responding differently to the commodities crash, Africa showcases a range of mitigating efforts, with varying success.
Zambia offers a range of advantages and opportunities for foreign investors, but they may want to wait awhile until some risks play out.
Forget Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Casablanca is carving a new identity as a financial hub, with the Casablanca Finance City (CFC) recently topping the Global Financial Centers Index in Africa.
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“Nothing will make us deviate or change our course. We are not exiting our operations in any of our African markets,” declared Maria Ramos, CEO of Barclays Africa.
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Locals as well as visitors to Zimbabwe will soon be able to walk into shops and pay for purchases in renminbi.
South Africa: After burning through two Finance ministers in 18 months—with the second having held the job for less than a week—South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, moved in mid-December to restore a measure of stability to the post.
There’s been big change in the small country of Burkina Faso. On November 29, the West African nation of 17 million held its first free elections in almost three decades.
In the wake of falling commodities prices, Africa’s largest and oil-rich economies are now in damage-repair mode.
Societe Generale and the Ecobank-Nedbank alliance, are two major players preparing for growth in African transaction banking in the next decade.
No region of the world has generated an average annual growth rate of 5.5% over the past 20 years—except Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, GDP has expanded by 40% since 2009.
Emerging nations are replacing the Americas as the continent’s largest trading partners.
African nations can no longer get by on mineral wealth and commodities alone—and they know it.