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Co-guarantee platform to de-risk African projects

Africa’s first co-guarantee platform, created by the African Development Bank, the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment & Export Credit (ICIEC) and other major organisations, is now operational.

World first for Seychelles Exchange

In 2019, the national securities exchange of Seychelles was the first regulated exchange to list digital tokens representing shares in the company that owns the exchange.…

Zambia Forestry breaks six-year Lusaka Exchange drought

Tom Minney explains why Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation’s February listing brought relief to the Lusaka Securities Exchange

Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation Ltd broke a six-year listing drought and brought welcome relief to the Lusaka Securities Exchange on 12 February.…

Funding for tech startups up 74%

Nigeria and Kenya were the top destinations for tech funding in Africa but other countries are catching up in another record year for deals.…

Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, FirstBank – How to do well by doing good

Putting the national interest ahead of short-term profit is the secret behind the success of First Bank of Nigeria, as Omar Ben Yedder learns in conversation with the bank’s CEO, Dr Adesola Adeduntan

I travel to meet Dr Adesola Adeduntan in Edinburgh, where he has been invited to give a keynote address at the Edinburgh School of Business about the role of financial institutions in driving financial inclusion.Fittingly,

Banks take on fintech for the youth market

Traditional banks have launched a spirited and highly innovative fightback against fintech payments service platforms that have been eating into their market share.