Most Africans live on less than US$2 a day – World Bank

Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s Pulse report published by the World Bank has shown that more than a third of the population in sub-Saharan Africa live below the poverty line, urging governments to put in place policies that will quickly address the situation before it gets out of hand. According to the report, as of 2015 (the most recent data on the topic), more ...

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MTN To Acquire Banking Licence, CEO Says

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Rob Shuter, the chief executive officer at MTN Group, says the group will acquire an independent banking licence in Nigeria by 2019. Speaking at a telecoms conference in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday, the MTN CEO said it will put in an application in December and should lunch the bank in second quarter 2019. “We will be applying for a ...

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No one will be shielded …Prez declares on collapse of 7 banks

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that government will not shield anyone found to have played a role in the collapse of the seven local banks. The President, speaking at the opening of the new head office complex of Standard Chartered Bank in Accra, bemoaned the cost of rescuing the seven banks to the tax payer adding that the ...

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Nduom begins national campaign tour against panic withdrawals

The Chairman of GN Bank, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has begun a nationwide tour aimed at appreciating customers who have remained loyal to the country’s indigenous banks. Themed, “Stop the panic withdrawals and strengthen indigenous banks”, Dr Nduom will use the opportunity to urge the population in general to avoid panic bank withdrawals as it may negatively affect the operations ...

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Facebook admits it ‘made mistakes’ after top exec appeared at Kavanaugh hearing

Facebook has admitted it “made mistakes” after a top executive was seen attending Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s congressional hearing, reportedly prompting outrage from employees. Joel Kaplan, the head of global policy at Facebook and a long-time friend of Judge Kavanaugh sat two rows behind the nominee as he testified regarding allegations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford while in high school. Employees saw ...

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US markets have a trade war edge over China: Commodities

With the American markets on a tear and Chinese shares on a downturn, it appears that U.S. stocks are weathering the escalating trade war far better than China’s. One reason for the trend is due to Chinese markets’ exposure to non-energy commodities, according to a study published in August by Axioma, a risk and performance analytics provider. “The tariff spat caught China more exposed to changes in broad non-energy ...

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3 ‘big’ economies slow down growth in sub-Saharan Africa

The World Bank has described growth in sub-Saharan Africa as very slow in the October edition of the Bank’s biannual report dubbed, Africa’s Pulse. The region recorded a growth of 2.7 percent, in 2018 which is a 0.4 percent rise from the 2.3 percent recorded in 2017. The Bank has attributed the marginal growth to the sluggish expansion in the ...

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Cut expenditure, corruption to reduce debt stock – ISSER

The Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana has called on the government to focus on tackling the country’s growing public sector debt. The Institute says failure to meet domestic revenue mobilization targets, coupled with increasing government expenditure makes it difficult to deal with the debt situation. Presenting ISSER’s State of the Ghanaian Economy 2017 ...

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Government receives $30m World Bank support to strengthen financial sector

The World Bank has approved a $30 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to support government to strengthen its financial sector stability. The credit is also to help improve inclusiveness for users of formal financial services and the financially excluded, particularly women, rural communities and farmers. “This project will support government’s plan to undertake reforms to deepen financial markets, promote ...

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