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Kenya seeks to regulate fintech lending boom

Kenya is seeking to stop fintech firms from getting around the rules designed to prevent extortionate interest rates levels. Justin Pugsley reports.


African regulators ponder changes to support fintech

Supporting the unbanked will require a careful nurturing of new ideas if Africa is to develop more champions like M-Pesa, and that also means altering regulatory structures to support innovation. By Dan Barnes.

Kuben Naidoo

South Africa unleashes twin peaks revolution

South Africa is following in the footsteps of a number of other countries in adopting a twin-peaks model for its regulatory institutions. Though the move is designed to improve the country's supervision, there is some scepticism, around its design and its motives


Qatari banks weathering heat of Gulf sanctions

In the face of sanctions by other Gulf states - Qatari banks have demonstrated remarkable resilience. But as the spat drags on it could start to weaken them over the course of 2018 even as the state is more than capable of providing strong support if necessary

Bank of Ghana puts pressure on local banks to raise capital

Ghana forces local banks to raise more capital and shuts down two others due to liquidity issues. Justin Pugsley reports.

Kapil Damani

Basel III prompts strategic rethink for Middle East banks

Though Middle East banks are generally in a strong position from a capital perspective, the rigours of complying with Basel III are nevertheless making them revisit their corporate strategies. By Nick Kochan.