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August 2011 Blog Posts (11)

Africa Trade Using China’s Currency Set to Reach US$100 Billion, Says Standard Bank

The steady internationalisation of China’s renminbi will see at least 40%, or $100-billion, of China’s trade with Africa being made using the currency unit by 2015, according to research just published by Standard Bank Group.

Standard Bank economist Jeremy Stevens, currently based in Beijing, says the $100-billion in renminbi-denominated trade by 2015 amounts to more than the total Sino-African trade in 2010. In addition, at least $10-billion of Chinese investment into Africa will be…


Added by fatima abdou on August 30, 2011 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Shortlist Announced for the African Banker Awards

The African Banker Awards released its shortlist of nominees for the 2011 competition.  The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony on the 23rd September in Washington DC, during the World Bank/IMF meetings.

The Bank of the year will be contested amongst African heavyweights; BMCE Bank Group of Morocco, the Ecobank group, headquartered in Togo, Kenya’s largest bank in terms of customers, Equity Bank, and the biggest banks respectively in their countries FirstBank of…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 25, 2011 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Mogale City account extends Standard Bank Group's share of municipal banking

Standard Bank Group has won the contract to bank yet another of South Africa's municipalities. It is Mogale City, which is one of the largest in Gauteng province.

Bongi Kunene, Head of Public Sector Banking at Standard Bank Group (SBG), says Mogale City is an important acquisition because it significantly boosts Standard Bank's position in the public sector market, especially in Gauteng province. She says that Standard Bank Group has a strong platform to grow to its desired…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 24, 2011 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Development bank FMO shows strong semi-annual results

FMO, one of the largest bilateral private sector development banks worldwide, made a profit of EUR 69 million in the first half of 2011, an increase of 34% compared to HY2010.

In HY2011, FMO provided financing totaling EUR 342 million to businesses in developing countries - up more than EUR 100 million from HY2010's EUR 234 million in new investments - helping the private sector create jobs, and strengthen sectors essential for sustainable growth in developing countries, such as the… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on August 23, 2011 at 4:33pm — No Comments

CAL Bank winners of Best Bank Trade Finance and Best Bank Long Term Loans

At the 10th edition of the Ghana Banking Awards, Ghana’s leading independent bank came up tops in a number of categories. The bank’s operations in the 2010, showed a formidable performance even though there was a general difficulty across the banking industry.

CAL Bank picked up the Best Bank in Long-Term Loan Financing, Best Bank Trade Finance, 1st Runner-up Short Term Loan Financing, 1st Runner-up Product Innovation, 1st Runner Up - Medium Term Loan Financing, 2nd Runner Up -…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 23, 2011 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Standard Bank Group launches its Africa Commodity Index ETN

Standard Bank Group has launched its Africa commodity exchange traded note (ETN) based on the developed Standard Bank Africa Commodity Index. The commodity ETN, which is listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange, will give investors access to the underlying Africa Commodity Index and with that the performance of four commodity sub-sectors, namely base metals, precious metals, energy and agriculture.

Retail and institutional investors in the Africa Commodity Index ETN will have… Continue

Added by Linda Larbie on August 19, 2011 at 8:55pm — No Comments

UBA partners Senegalese government to Finance Key Projects

The pan-African financial services Group, United Bank for Africa (UBA) is to partner with the administration of President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal in furthering the economic growth and development of the West African country. To this end, the bank has made a fresh commitment to fund key projects in energy, agriculture and transportation sectors of the Senegalese economy.

An agreement-in-principle to this end, was reached at a bilateral meeting held in Dakar, Senegal by the…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 16, 2011 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Rand Merchant Bank launches Africa investment guide

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) is launching a document to help clients with making decisions about investing in Africa, the bank announced on Monday.

The document, titled 'where to invest in Africa?' analyses all 45 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

"The detailed research answers the question our clients might have on investing in Africa," said Louis Jordaan, RMB's head of fixed income, currency and commodities (FICC) Africa. "Our comprehensive analysis of the African investment…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 16, 2011 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Standard Bank Group facilitates US$250m loan to Tanzanian government

The Government of Tanzania has secured a US$250-million seven-year loan facility from a consortium of local and global financiers, led by Stanbic Bank Tanzania and its parent bank, Standard Bank Group (SBG), to fund development projects such as road and rural electrification.

The deal is a first of its kind for a sovereign government involving local and international commercial banks as well underwriting by multilateral financial institutions and commercial insurers. The loan also…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 10, 2011 at 1:12pm — No Comments

The Egyptian payment processing company MSCC comes on board as Platinum sponsor for African Banker Awards

Mediterranean Smart Cards Company (MSCC), suppliers of smart card payment processing services to banks across Africa's emerging markets, is the Platinum sponsor for the African Banker Awards 2011.

The Egyptian company which celebrates 10 years this year employs over 150 staff and has positioned itself at the forefront of electronic payment technology in Africa. The company currently serves more than 85 domestic and international banks within Egypt and in little time has expanded…


Added by Linda Larbie on August 1, 2011 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Africa Business Confidence Index lower, continues to show growth

Manufacturing index 51.7 and non-manufacturing index 56.0, both indicating expansion. Rate of change for both indices is lower than previous month

Amsterdam, August 1, 2011.
The Africa Business Confidence Index (ABCI) for July shows growth in both the index for manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors in Africa. The difference compared to June in…


Added by Bas Vlugt on August 1, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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