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Healthcare Advisory in Africa: KPMG’s Role






Globally, the healthcare sector is facing enormous, complex challenges around both development and maintenance. In […]

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The importance of SMEs in growing inclusive growth in Africa

Banking on the Future: How Today’s young professionals will be drivers of tomorrow’s banking revenue






Banks ready for the future? The emergence of mobile technology as an alternative to more […]

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Africa Brief: Tourism in Zimbabwe battles on as arrivals stagnate and more...

Kenyan Fiscal Guide, Trade and bilateral agreements






Income tax Business income Income tax is charged on all the income of resident and […]

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Ideal Tax Operation

Working with Private Equity Portfolio Companies






Globally, private equity remains an attractive asset class, outperforming public markets over medium to long-term […]

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Facebook and online shopping? But why not internet banking

The Banking Sector as an Enabler of the Economic Growth in Angola






Given the challenges faced by the Angolan economy, it’s important that banks move to adapt […]

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Global economic instability: Leading students look further than pay and benefits






In a KPMG survey of over 300 business students from leading universities and business schools […]

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Foreign Direct Investment in Africa






The rest of the world is taking note of the fact that African countries are […]

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US-Africa Leaders Summit promises good things

Nigeria Fiscal Guide






Investment rules Investment in Nigeria is regulated by the Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission Act 1995. […]

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Focusing on Africa-China Trade and Investment






For a number of years, China has been influencing the economic development in Africa. The […]

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Can cloud computing take off in Africa?






When it comes to information technology in Africa, analysts will tell you, this continent has […]

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Being the best: Inside the intelligent finance function






Insights from our African CFO survey As the leaders of today’s finance functions continue to […]

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Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa

Africa Brief: Business News from around the continent






Automotive Manufacturing Plants prepare to expand in Africa While the South African automotive market looks […]

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West Africa’s 3 up-and-coming investment cities

Power [electricity] in Africa: current state of Africa’s Power sector






Africa’s largest economies produce significantly more energy than other African peers. Also, the oil-producing nations […]

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Strengthening Access to Finance for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria

Pricing: Defining the Right Strategy






During the economic downturn, companies competed for market share and volume, which meant frequent price […]

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Ideal Tax Operation

Economic Growth in Africa: The Past, Present and Future






Africa’s economic growth and performance has improved greatly since the turn of the century, leading […]

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Ghana's Economy Snapshot

Economic Snapshot: Focus on Ghana (Q4, 2014)






Inflation – According to the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), inflation remained stable in December, effectively […]

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Famous Brands, the owner of brands such as Debonairs and Steers, has ambitious expansion plans for oil-rich African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Angola.

Africa Brief: Business News from around Africa






Joint move on Adcock underlines shift at PIC THE Public Investment Corpo­ration (PIC) and Bidvest […]

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Key findings from the 2014 Africa CFO Survey

Exchange Rates & its role in Ensuring a Stable Macro-Economy: A Focus on East Africa






By Elvis Ongeti Different countries have different currencies. There exists a need to purchase goods […]

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Key findings from the 2014 Africa CFO Survey

Rwanda: Why the country should develop treasury bills and bonds






By Godfrey Kiiza What benefit does Rwanda stand to gain if it develop its treasury […]

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Nigeria’s Interswitch founder says it should have expanded into Africa sooner

Investing in Healthcare in Africa critical to meet 2030 goals






Many view Africa as the continent of opportunity, but the state of the fragile healthcare […]

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Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa

What significant non-mining infrastructure projects are underway in Africa?






A well-worn argument postulates that infrastructure spending in Africa is focussed on resources due to […]

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Key findings from the 2014 Africa CFO Survey

What’s driving African banking? And what’s stalling it?











Very few Africans make use of formal financial services. In fact, only 24% of adult Sub-Saharan Africans had a bank account in 2012, while the global average was 50%, says the Global Findex Database. In the following countries less than 10% had an account that year: Sudan, Senegal, DRC, Central African Republic, Chad, Niger, Madagascar and Mali.

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Join us for ‘lunch’: Financial Inclusion and Transacting in Africa











The adoption of mobile money is driven by multiple factors ranging from banking regulations, establishment of a new sales channel in comparison to traditional distribution channel and readiness of consumers to use handheld devices beyond traditional voice and SMS services. After a slow start in the rest of Africa, mobile money seems to be finally picking up beyond East Africa.

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Agriculture remains at the heart of East Africa’s development











Several African countries are expected to see substantial expansion in their agricultural sectors over the medium to the long term because of an abundance of unexploited arable land, government reform programmes, political stability, public and private investment, and/or improved infrastructure. The East African Community (EAC) has a good share of the top ranking nations in this regard; while Uganda’s expansion is not expected to be so strong over the next five years, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania however are all countries with promising prospects in the nearer future.

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No-till agriculture and drought-resistant crops critical to Africa’s prosperity

What are the key drivers to growing Africa’s agricultural sector?











Africa has vast agricultural potential, but there is a large leap from the current system, dominated by small-scale and subsistence farming, to commercial farming where the benefits of economies of scale can be reaped. Nevertheless, the answer lies not only with commercial farming, but also in reducing the potential that goes to waste with small-scale farmers’ lack of access to stable markets, technology and finance.

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Encouraging growth in Southern African banking sector











“A growing body of evidence suggests that financial institutions and financial markets exert a powerful influence on economic development, poverty alleviation, and economic stability,” says Martin Čihák, lead economist at the World Bank. Financial sectors on the African continent remain largely underdeveloped, while banking industries continue to dominate the landscape in terms of total assets and services. Nonetheless, financial sector development has been on the agenda of African policymakers for some time.

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The long- and short-term impact of Ebola on African healthcare

African economies expecting higher growth than world average











As the leaders of today’s finance functions continue to work hard to boost their relevance and value to the business, they are shifting their focus outward to those financial management activities that contribute the most to better business decisions that improve the bottom line. Their biggest challenges lie in creating the efficiencies needed to gather and process basic financial data and continue to deliver traditional finance outputs while at the same time redeploying their limited resources to enable higher value business decision support activities.

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Strengthening Access to Finance for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria

How can financial services best support inclusive growth in Africa? (Part 2)











Inclusive economic growth is growth that leads to job-creation, causing a ripple effect on the purchasing power of the majority of the populace. The private sector, and in particular SMEs, are the drivers of an economy. SMEs are also the largest providers of direct employment and inclusive growth can be achieved through promotion of policies that would drive their development. According to the Central Bank of Nigeria, 96% of Nigerian businesses are SMEs (uS = 53%, Eu = 65%). Inclusive growth can be achieved by positioning these SMEs to take advantage of the opportunities in the economy.

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Leveraging of Mobile Networks

Tips on Deepening Investment Partnerships











At the credit application and processing stage, banks need to invest in systems that allow more efficient and tailored risk profiling. Such a system rewards diligent entrepreneurs with lower lending rates and greater access to capital. Post-disbursement, the establishment of dedicated advisory/support teams can help minimise credit risk and improve credit management by educating and advising SMEs on day-to-day financial management, record-keeping and corporate governance. The incremental cost of this will be easily offset by the increased patronage and lower default rates.

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Leveraging of Mobile Networks

The truths and fictions of the “Africa Rising” story











The truth about Africa Rising is that it is real. The economy is growing and potential for huge and sustained growth is enormous. According to the British newspaper The Independent, 31 million households in Africa have moved up from poverty into the consuming class, and in only 20 years Africa will have the largest labour force in the world. The spending power of this demographic will further fuel the economy.

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