According to a recent McKinsey research report, more than 60 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa are smallholder farmers, about 23 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP comes from agriculture and that Africa could produce two to three times more cereals and grains, which would add 20 percent more cereals and grains to the current worldwide 2.6 billion tons of output. Similar increases could be seen in the production of horticulture crops and livestock.
Digitization is critical to the future of finance and treasury. To realize its full potential, companies should develop a framework and execution plan that incorporates a holistic approach. A good example of a company taking such an approach is Shell, writes Swati Mitra, Global Practice Lead, Digital Client Advisory, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi.
Africa’s fast-growing economies, FinTech innovation, and stable trade agreements offer abundant opportunities for CIB Egypt. Hisham Ezz Al-Arab, CIB Egypt’s Chairman & Managing Director, discusses the bank’s strategic expansion into Eastern Africa and strong position as financial partner to customers across the continent.
Digitization didn’t just help banks transform; it pushed them to reimagine the business. With transactions migrating en masse to digital channels in the Covid pandemic, banks should not only speed up their transformation programs but also revisit the scope of their role in customers’ lives. Establishing digital-only proposition would set them up nicely for the digital age, at scale.
From devaluation to revenue recognition, FX volatility creates significant challenges for companies operating in Latin America. With the right technology, companies can mitigate these risks and achieve greater control over their pricing strategies, says Rafael Bufacchi, Director of Finance at PrimeiroPay.
Digitizing more than 80% of its retail banking services proved a timely strategic move for Sberbank, Russia's largest bank. During the pandemic, customers could access most banking services while socially distancing and the bank launched new services quickly that helped customers facing financial hardship and uncertainty.
E.SUN FHC is unique in the banking industry. With no affiliation with family nor government agency, E.SUN is a banker’s bank - a bank that is owned by employees, and managed for customers. All employees can sing the corporate anthem by heart, and almost every employee owns shares of the company. These practices might seem unconventional, but they represent the spirits of a sustainable succession system that makes E.SUN built to last.
‘Stay at home. Stay safe’.
These are perhaps the words that will characterise 2020, a year dominated by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses are dealing with major disruption to their supply chains, and domestic and cross-border trade remains severely impacted by extraordinary skews in demands and government-imposed ‘stay home’ regulations in countries around the world.