Sub-Saharan Africa

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Bitcoin vs Britcoin: Are CBDCs the future?

GOOGLE searches for central bank digital currencies (CBDC) in the UK and US have exploded. Analysis by cryptocurrency betting review website Cryptobetting.org showed that CBDC...
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Amba pledges open-ended funds to reforestation programme

WORKPLACE tech provider Amba has launched a reforestation programme in Madagascar to repair damaged habitats and support the local community. According to the World Wildlife...
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Booming in Botswana: Absa has taken inclusive banking to its heart

ABSA BANK Botswana — formerly Barclays Bank of Botswana Ltd — has been through some exciting times just lately. The adoption of the new...
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Great apes benefit from guerrilla tactics from online community

REDDIT’s at it again. Fresh from boosting the share price of game retailer GameStop, the WallStreetBets community has gone wild, “adopting” 3,500 wild gorillas...
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Active Capital Reinsurance — pioneer emerges from pandemic stronger, and set...

DESPITE the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Active Capital Reinsurance (Active RE) has seen continued global expansion and diversification. The company's team has been faced...
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Abu Dhabi’s global hunt for fresh fintech talent

Exciting start-ups found during tour stops in Africa, Asia and Europe THE MENA region’s FinTech Abu Dhabi Festival (FinTechAD) has a global tour reaching cities...
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Barclays’ African odyssey over the years: always with people as primary...

IN 1950, the British bank Barclays (Dominion, Colonial and Overseas – DCO) was the dominant financial institution on the African continent. Its presence was entrenched...
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‘Flow like a river’ — Barclays CEO knows how to deal...

Keabetswe Pheko-Moshagane, the CEO of Barclays Botswana, is a pioneer: the first female Motswana (Botswana citizen) to be appointed to the role. “Our journey is...
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Dependence on commodities leaves countries ‘vulnerable to shocks’ and ‘weakened’

THE NUMBER of countries dependent on commodities has reached its highest level in 20 years, according to a recent UNCTAD report. UNCTAD (United Nations Conference...
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Analytics key to African countries’ ability to share in services trade

UNCTAD-UNECA projects’ experts pool wisdom to grow regional economies and increase benefit from value chains AFRICA needs to step-up its analytics game to play a...