AfDB scales up industrialization pace on the continent, delivers improved business access to finance, skills, energy

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said it has scaled up industrialization pace on the continent as it has delivered improved business access to transport, energy and skills in the past year. The development bank made the disclosure Thursday in its Annual Development Effectiveness Review (ADER) released at the Bank’s annual meetings in Busan, South Korea. […]

Verve, UBA partner to support Zambia’s subsidy disbursement programme

Verve International has signed a partnership agreement with the United Bank for Africa to deliver cost-effective prepaid cards to farmers under the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture’s FISP programme. It was gathered that as part of the partnership deal, UBA will issue Verve prepaid cards in the next season of the Farmers Input Support Programme, an […]

Namibia GDP growth seen accelerating to 2.2% this year- finance minister

Calle Schlettwein, Namibia’s finance minister said on Friday that the country’s economic growth is expected to accelerate to 2.2 percent this year from an estimated 1.6 percent growth in 2016, supported by higher commodity prices. “We expect improvement due to rising commodity prices although some of the revenue increases might be offset by an (unfavourable) exchange […]

South African rand, bank stocks rally on hopes of Ramaphosa victory

South African assets rallied early Monday as investor hopes grew that pro-reform candidate Cyril Ramaphosa was likely to have secured a victory in the ruling ANC’s knife-edge leadership contest. According to Financial Times (FT) report, the rand suffered a bumpy start to the day as it became clear that the vote would go down to […]

End in sight for year-long ‘dry spell’ of cashless economy in Zimbabwe

Some Zimbabweans were able to withdraw U.S. dollars from automated teller machines this week for the first time in about a year as hard currency started trickling back into the economy following Robert Mugabe’s ouster as president. Banks, according to Bloomberg’s report, had stopped stocking ATMs about a year ago as a severe cash shortage […]