FT Africa Summit 2017 – What Makes Africa Work: 8-9 October – Claridge’s, London

The Financial Times is holding its fourth annual Africa Summit this October at Claridge’s. Previous Summits held in London were outstanding successes that attracted over 300 senior attendees and expert speaker panels. The 2017 Summit will focus on what is working in Africa with the...

Biometrics on the march across Africa

Last July, the Payment Association of South Africa (Pasa) published an interoperability standard for biometric authentication on payment cards. Until then, the use of biometrics by banks had been limited to operations in their own...

Kenya’s Supreme Court quashes presidential election result

Kenya’s Supreme Court has dramatically annulled Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in August’s presidential election and ordered a rerun within 60 days. Kenyatta was announced the winner of the ballot held in August with 54% of the...

Beware Africa’s grey rhinos – African Business Magazine

I recently came across a reference to grey rhino risks in an article about business in China and assumed the author had conflated the white and black rhino into a single grey version.  The article...

Fintech Report: Should established banks fight or assimilate to tech?

When a new technology emerges, established players in that sector are always faced with a big question: should they try to compete by adopting the new technology, or stick to what they know best. The...

South Africa: ANC policy flounders as party divisions widen

In a cavernous conference centre in Johannesburg, South Africa’s unpopular president led hundreds of party delegates through a rousing rendition of his favourite struggle songs. Arms aloft, swaying back and forth to the rhythm, Jacob...

Asia-Africa Report: Demystifying the dragon in Africa

When the Chinese government agreed to fund the TAZARA Railway connecting Tanzania and Zambia to the tune of RMB988m ($147m) in 1970, few would have predicted that the Asian nation would become Africa’s most...

Asia-Africa Report: Abe and Modi eye African cooperation

Tearing through the Japanese countryside at speeds of up to 320km/h, the Shinkansen bullet train carried two of Asia’s most powerful statesman on a diplomatic mission from Tokyo to the port city of Kobe.   Face-to-face...

Africa property offers rich pickings for the brave

Some property pundits believe there are major opportunities for investors or companies on the...

Angola Elections 2017: Is change afoot?

For 37 years President José Eduardo dos Santos has ruled Angola, overseeing an end to the civil war, an African Cup of Nations and an oil boom. On the streets of Angola, his face is...