AppZone acquires switching license from the Central Bank of Nigeria

NIGERIA – Appzone, a sub-Saharan African payment infrastructure company, has been granted approval in principle by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to operate under the switching and processing license category. The switching license would allow the company to directly interact and collaborate with key payment stakeholders, including the Nigeria Central Switch hosted by the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS),…

Read More

Madison Life Assurance set to sale of US$68M property to shore up capital

KENYA – Madison Life Assurance Kenya Limited, a leading Insurance company in Kenya, has announced plans to sell properties valued at KSh8 billion (US$68.59m) and quit the annuity business in a move to restructure its balance sheet and boost capital. The insurer said it has decided to cut annuity business, including investments in property which it terms as an expensive…

Read More

World Bank to fund US$30B projects in Nigeria, other countries

NIGERIA – The World Bank is set to disburse a total of US$30 billion to fund existing and new projects in Nigeria and other countries as part of a global response to combat the ongoing food security crisis. The international financial institution, in a statement on the funding plan, noted that the financing will include US$12 billion funding for new…

Read More

ACT Afrique Group appoints Mr. Papa Oumar Syr Diagne as Director, Head of Financial Advisory

SENEGAL – The pan-African strategic, financial and communications advisory firm ACT Afrique Group has appointed Mr. Papa Oumar Syr Diagne as Director, Head of Financial Advisory by decision of  April 15, 2022. In his new role, Papa together with the team will continue to propel the platform’s goal of serving a wide range of clients in the public and private…

Read More

ING finances its first social impact loan in Ghana to boost education sector

GHANA – International corporate banking institution that operates as a subsidiary of ING Bank, ING has financed its first social impact loan in Ghana ING’s Structured Export Finance teams in Amsterdam and Frankfurt, with support from the Sustainable Finance team, closed the US$185.37million commercial and credit export facility, which is covered by SERV (Swiss Export Risk Insurance) The loan, which…

Read More

Fintech Tala appoints Munyi Nthigah as its General Manager for Kenya

KENYA – Digital credit provider Tala has announced the appointment of Munyi Nthigah as its General Manager for Kenya. In his new role which he takes up immediately, Nthigah will oversee end-to-end business growth and overall operations for Tala Kenya’s 120-person team, accelerating Tala’s position as one of Africa’s leading fintech. “Mr. Nthigah brings a wealth of fintech experience to…

Read More

Skaleet partners Mobiblanc for cutting-edge technology to serve banks across Africa

MOROCCO – Skaleet, an international fintech providing a next-generation Core Banking Platform (CBP), has partnered with Mobiblanc, an Agile Digital Services Enterprise (ESN), to offer turnkey solutions to financial institutions across Africa. The partnership will ensure that financial institutions have the capacities to launch new digital and innovative financial solutions that they can provide to their customers, whether businesses or…

Read More

EBRD partners Attijari bank Tunisia to support local pharmaceutical sector

TUNISIA – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has partnered with Attijari bank Tunisia to facilitate access to finance for Tunisian Laboratoires Teriak S.A. The collaboration underscores the EBRD and Attijari bank Tunisia’s commitment to supporting Tunisian companies through the partnership they established in 2020. It also reaffirms the importance of companies to Attijari bank Tunisia’s development strategy.…

Read More

Autochek acquires Morocco’s KIFAL Auto to drive North Africa expansion

MOROCCO – Autochek, the automotive technology company making car ownership more accessible and affordable across Africa, has announced the acquisition of Morocco’s KIFAL Auto to drive its expansion into North Africa. This acquisition represents the first major expansion of a West Africa-based startup into North Africa and it will facilitate effective Pan-African collaboration to drive innovation across the continent’s growing…

Read More

Afreximbank signs MoU with APPO to create energy bank in Africa

AFRICA – Pan-African multilateral trade finance institution, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) for the creation of a multi-billion-dollar energy bank. Aimed at scaling up private sector investment in African oil and gas projects, the bank will provide critical financing for new and existing oil and gas…

Read More