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Learning from the Anti-Consolidation Attacks on the Nigerian Banking System

Anti-consolidation efforts have re-emerged in the Nigerian banking industry in an effort to shake public confidence in five of Nigeria’s largest banks. The recent Nigerian bank consolidation, an effort to pool bank resources to raise the 25 million Naira (NGN) required for capitalization by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), is intended to improve services rendered by the banks and the overall stability of the banking system.

Adequate capital is vital to maintaining any stable… Continue

Added by Dr. Linda Eagle on October 14, 2009 at 9:12pm — No Comments

International Basel II Training: More Important Now than Ever Before

Financial institutions across the world have implemented the Basel II framework for measuring capital adequacy in an effort to protect customers, employees and the organizations as a whole. First issued in June of 2004, Basel II is the second accord to come from the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which outlines appropriate capital adequacy requirements banks should abide by in order to prevent bank failure. As a result of the current tumultuous times in Financial Services, this… Continue

Added by Dr. Linda Eagle on October 13, 2009 at 9:11pm — No Comments

US/UK Investment (fact finding) Team visit to South Africa

Hi All, i’m looking to take my Asset Management group from the US on a roadshow to South Africa. They’re looking to achieve 2 things (i) bridge the gap between US investors, managers and African Funds/ Hedge Funds (ii) discuss how South African Funds/Hedge Funds can get involved in US Exchange Traded Funds (iii) discuss the possibility of Sub Saharan African Exchange Traded Funds listed on the JSE. Hopefully these funds will be keen on getting extra alpha in Africa’s (ex SA) other markets. This… Continue

Added by Martin Orji on October 13, 2009 at 12:25pm — No Comments

What do you think about the CBN's latest announcement?

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) may be considering the establishment of regional or specialized banks in the aftermath of the cleansing of the banking sector.

Lamido Sanusi, the CBN governor, gave this indication in an interview granted. The Africa Report in Istanbul, Turkey. He said though there may be the possibility of more banks in the country, the scenario has

been that very big banks as currently exist, tend not to serve small businesses.

"We have to look at… Continue

Added by Dr. Linda Eagle on October 12, 2009 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Africa Business Women Network

Today Africa Business Communities launches the Africa Business Women Network.

All African business women - and African women who want to start a business - are more than welcome to join!

Follow this link to visit the Africa Business Women Network:…


Added by Bas Vlugt on October 1, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

"Preventing Financial Scandals With Training" - The Impact of Nigeria's Financial Scandal on Local Banks

The recent financial scandal in Nigeria has stirred local media attention and attracted international focus from all over the world. As word spread about the distribution of a billion dollar bailout, questions began to surface about the soundness of banks in this coastal African country. Concerns continued to grow when the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) new Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi removed the CEO’s of five of the largest Nigerian banks. As a result of the Governor’s actions, many local… Continue

Added by Dr. Linda Eagle on September 14, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Solarix launches Sustainer

The Sustainer is a unique solution to produce fuel and electricity in remote rural areas, for example in the African countryside where only 5 to 20 percent of the population have electricity. In many of these situations, access to energy would facilitate development, higher productivity and better education. Moreover, locally available resources can be used instead of expensive imports.

A conversation with… Continue

Added by Bas Vlugt on May 31, 2009 at 11:57am — No Comments

UMVA Client and UMVA Bank release 1.1 now ready, a new product in field of banking and financial services in Africa


UMVA stands for Universal Methods of Value Access on the internet. It is a service developed for serving Migrants and Migrant workers. But given its ease of use and cost structure it is very well accepted as a tool for serving anybody in this world.

The electronic safe is the place for all electronic documents, e-money, but also other values such as the administration of the cooperative and their farmers.

In Poor banking area's the only solution is that… Continue

Added by Heesbeen on April 26, 2009 at 6:40pm — No Comments

Investor relations for African exchange listed companies & financial institutions

My name is Suza Adam and I am an independent investor relations consultant based in Johannesburg.

I have been involved in the South African financial services and investment industry for more than 16 years. Having lead in the past one of the leading IR companies in SA, Southgro Investor Relations (sold in 2005), I have since consulted to African companies outside the Republic.

My particular focus is to help companies and other investment initiatives to raise their… Continue

Added by Suza Adam on March 9, 2009 at 8:50pm — No Comments

New SCT Study Released: Innovative Use of Technologies in Social Protection and Non-social Protection Contexts

Quindiem Consulting in collaboration with ExactConsult have recently undertaken a distribution and payment mechanism scoping study for a regular national government disbursement to the chronically poor and vulnerable in Zambia. The study presents a payment system designed to serve the poor, thereby protecting the dignity of participants and potentially providing access to developmental financial services. Additional topics examined include:

The importance of choice, affordability,… Continue

Added by Sarah Langhan on March 1, 2009 at 12:22pm — No Comments

UK Based Data Centres for African Banks

Following the signing of an MoU in the City of London, I have access to three tier 2 data centres in the UK (1 of which will be Tier 1 shortly) these world class sites can provide data centre, crisis management and storage facilities to Banks who need a UK site for contingency or active-active, active-passive operations.

Added by Christopher Frampton FBCI BCCE on October 17, 2008 at 12:09pm — No Comments

BCM Training

I have recently completed a successful BCM training programme at the Central Bank in Nigeria. If you have an interest in obtaining an international accreditation in BCM and DR whilst developing your own companies plans at a fraction of the cost of a normal consulting engagement, please do not hesitate to get in touch, or do you think the idea of training national staff to replace consultants is a good or bad idea?

Added by Christopher Frampton FBCI BCCE on September 4, 2008 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

Private Equity & Asset Management inquiry

Greetings all,

I am pleased to be part of this network, and look forward to learning from all of you. My initial curiosity is with asset managers in the region (both private client & institutional), as well as private equity funds (that invest in various industries in the region).

Any direction/guidance to resources relating to these areas would be of great interest. Please feel free to respond.

Kindest regards,

Added by Scott Kamenir on August 28, 2008 at 2:04am — No Comments

BIAN and Enterprise Architecture

Does anybody have more information on the BIAN project - as most of the West African banks are using Temenos and I see that this is one of the players in this forum?

Added by Maganathin Marcus Veeraragaloo on July 22, 2008 at 5:22pm — 1 Comment

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