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Branchless banking allows the customer to have access to banking services without being reliant on a brick-and-mortar bank branch. Technological advancements and the adoption of a collaborative approach between banking service providers and technology companies are going to forge a new way of doing banking in emerging markets, where transport, electrical and other infrastructure is often underdeveloped.
We summarise the most significant tax changes brought about by the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 which came into force in Mauritius on 21 December 2013.
Nigeria’s National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has said that the country is much more likely to […]
Issued in 2011, IFRS 10 is applicable for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2013. The new consolidation standard, IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements (IFRS 10), may impact the accounting of third party cell captive arrangements. We will explore to what extent it will impact the cell insurer.
The Nigerian insurance industry players are structured into four groups: insurers and reinsurers, insurance brokers, agents and loss adjusters. The insurance and reinsurance companies underwrite risks while the insurance brokers and agents act as intermediaries between the underwriters and the policyholders in the sale of insurance products and the collection of premiums. The loss adjusters, on the other hand, determine the appropriate valuation of the loss incurred in the event of a claim.
Nigeria’s insurance industry has witnessed positive changes in recent times, arising from the new reforms embarked upon by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), the primary regulator of the Nigerian Insurance Industry. The country’s insurance market is the largest in the West Africa sub-region, however the penetration is currently considered very low when compared with the population of over 165 million people.
The implementation of the new IFRS Consolidation suite has many asking the question: “are we ready?” Effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2013, The new International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) suite consists of: IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements, IFRS 11 Joint Agreements, and IFRS 12 Disclosures of Interest in Other Entities.
At the end of June 2013, the Zambian Government issued Statutory Instrument 55 of the Bank of Zambia (Monitoring of Balance of Payments) Regulations, 2013. The new SI 55 came into effect on the 1st of July 2013. The regulations are applicable to a number of parties including financial service providers licensed under the Banking and Financial services act, any importer of goods or services exceeding US$20 000, foreign investors and local investors who invest outside Zambia, to name a few.
So how has Nigeria’s biggest and most profitable bank transformed into a social media leader? The bank initially became interested in social media in 2009, when it recognized that a fan page had sprung up on Facebook. It knew that surrendering part of its brand to outsiders – some of whom may not even be customers – could be harmful to its reputation.
The annual Banking Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey (BICSS) is a publication of the Management Consulting practice of KPMG Advisory Services. The Management Consulting practice provides strategy, business transformation, technology, project management and human resource advisory services.
The South Africa short-term insurance industry is characterised by unrealised opportunities to reduce claims and operational costs and also improve customer service by enhancing core claims processes and technology.
Controlling claims costs, indemnity and operational risks is a key challenge for competitiveness and profitability. This challenge is compounded by efforts to satisfy the needs of key stakeholders such as customers, regulators, competitors and shareholders.
South Africa and Mauritius have concluded a new double tax agreement (“DTA”) on 17 May 2013. Depending on how quickly the final processes can be implemented, the new DTA may come into effect as soon as 1 January 2014. We summarise below some of the key features of the new treaty.
KPMG Angola works with some of the most prominent companies, both private and public, in every relevant economic sector, providing auditing, tax, accounting, business advisory, financial advisory and IT advisory services. KPMG Angola’s main assets are its people, in-depth experience and reputation and the firm is committed in contributing to Angola’s economic and social development, through its services, its focus on people and development of knowledge, and commitment to the communities.
Malawi is fast becoming a ‘super model’ in the region and the continent in issues of Basel II, the second of Basel accords to be effective January 2014, the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) said on Monday.
The Bank of Zambia has recently issued new banking regulations in the form of Statutory Instruments 32 and 35 of 2013. The regulations deal mostly with the monitoring of foreign exchange dealings i.e. inflows and outflows in Zambia by the Bank of Zambia.
KPMG is hosting its annual long-term insurance industry update event on Thursday 6 June 2013. The update involves, taking a look at the most topical developments currently affecting the long-term insurance industry. The course is aimed at financial directors and managers, risk and compliance officers, internal auditors and audit committee members.
Perhaps the world’s greatest success story in leveraging mobile technology to overcome these challenges can be found, close to home, in Kenya. According to the Communications Commission of Kenya, by June 2012 Kenya boasted more than 19.5 million subscribers in mobile money subscriptions, more than 66% of the total mobile subscriber base …
Mobile banking series: An overview of why mobile banking remains important for financial inclusion in Africa
Mobile banking in Africa refers to the provision of banking services to customers through mobile devices. Mobile payments, meanwhile, refer to the transfer of funds or any other form of value through mobile devices in return for goods and services…
Fraud and corruption will always be at the forefront of the minds of those looking to invest in Africa. In this regard, the recently published KPMG Africa fraud Barometer for 2011 reported some telling statistics about reported fraud on the continent. The Barometer was developed “to form a bigger picture of fraud prevalence on the African continent”, incorporating data from available news articles on Africa and other designated databases. The Barometer compares fraud reports from the six months ended June 2011 to the six months ended December 2011.
The April 2012 World Economic Outlook report published by the International Monetary Fund presented a sturdy but cautiously optimistic future for the various African economies. Sub-Saharan Africa particularly recorded a strong 5 percent growth in 2011 and was one of the regions least affected by the global financial crisis. With the exception of South Africa, limited financial ties to Europe helped shield the region from the financial havoc that tore through Western economies in late 2011.
Many JSE companies are seeing Africa as the new frontier and an important source of long-term growth, especially those companies doing business in mature markets. The International Monetary Fund forecast the region to grow at 5.5% both this year and next. By comparison, South Africa’s economic growth rate is forecast at just 2.7%.
Many international and local companies have introduced products responding to changing consumer needs and consumer preferences shifting to more sustainable behaviour – these include products targeting new and growing industry sectors, products with a ‘green’ element and products responding to new and increasing risks.
The insurance industry relies on the ability to make informed predictions of future events as the basis for taking actions in the present. increased severity and/ or frequency of weather events, if not adequately accounted for, will mean that claims exceed levels predicted by actuarial models, and premiums will not be set correctly. Figure 2 illustrates the trends in the number of disasters reported internationally per year.
Deepening social, economic and environmental challenges over the last two decades mean that sustainability issues are increasingly prominent in global business. sustainability trends predicted to play out over the next 20 years paint a picture of resource constraints, increasing regulation, shifting competitive landscapes, changes in market size and shifting consumer preferences.
The 2012 Africa Tax Academy took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 9 to 11 July 2012, followed by a client breakfast with presentations by KPMG professionals from different jurisdictions on 12 July 2012.
Approximately 80 delegates attended the conference from countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, DRC, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Ghana, Tanzania, but also from Germany and Switzerland.
A firm challenge has been set for the 450 companies listed on the JSE in June 2010 to publish an integrated report or explain why they cannot do so. South Africa is the first country to mandate integrated reporting for all listed companies. But one full set of integrated reports later and companies still have a long way to go. Many countries have adopted corporate governance guidelines similar to the King 3 codes, though the drafter himself, Mervyn King, would like to see all capital markets go the route of SA. They may not be ready, but an initial, crucial step would be the adoption of voluntary filing programmes.