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23 February 2015

Francophone Africa: a new battlefield for the banking industry

By Pierre-Antoine Balu, Partner with PwC France and PwC Francophone Africa The financial services industry is changing at fast pace in Francophone Africa. This accelerated transformation is primarily the result of an intensifying competitive pressure on markets where the banking penetration remains generally low (under 20% in average). The industry...

17 February 2015

African IPO market realises strong numbers in 2014

By Andrew Del Boccio, Associate Director, Capital Markets, PwC South Africa and Alice Tomdio, Manager, Capital Markets, PwC US Africa is forecasted to continue growing at rates of between 4-5 percent over the next few years, driven by infrastructure development, international demand for exports and an emerging African middle class....

05 February 2015

The power of two

By Richard Ferguson, PwC Agribusiness advisor The collapse in oil prices in recent months has significant implications for the agriculture sector across many African nations. Much of the “Africa rising” narrative can be attributed to a strong demand for natural resources and the corresponding capital flows that have swollen government...

11 January 2015

When worlds collide - farmers and financiers

By Richard Ferguson, PwC Agribusiness advisor A recent article in the Economist ("Barbarians at the farm gate", January 3rd) highlighted that for more capital to flow into agriculture, farmers and financiers will have to learn a lot more about each other. Mutual misunderstanding and incomprehension between these two worlds is...

14 December 2014

Africa: The Future and Optimism

By Paul Cleal, Partner, Chair of Africa Business Group At a recent event I presented to a large group of relatively new joiners here at PwC about Africa and how our work fits very well with our firm’s purpose: building trust in society and solving important problems. In particular on...

01 December 2014

The agility dividend

By Edouard Messou, Territory Senior Partner for PwC in sub-Saharan Francophone Africa and Pierre-Antoine Balu, Partner with PwC France and PwC Francophone Africa A demographic boom, changing regulation, new consumer needs, the war for talent, disruptive technologies, urbanisation, new competitors… African companies are facing an accelerated pace of change. These...

17 November 2014

The digital revolution

By Mohammed Dembele, Telecoms Leader, PwC Francophone Africa Africa is currently undergoing a rapid and deep digital revolution. In our Africa CEO Survey, technology is at the top of African CEOs’ agendas, with 41% recognising technological advances as the most significant global megatrend that will transform their businesses over the...

09 November 2014

Delivering affordable, interconnected, innovative public services

By Muchemi Wambugu, Partner, Technology Advisory Services, PwC Kenya The rate of change driven by technology will influence the affordability, interconnectedness and innovation of public services. In Africa, public services can still end up being too expensive for many citizens ‑ even when those services are subsidised. This is because...

04 November 2014

Impact of Kenya-Mauritius treaty on US Multinational companies

By Emuesiri Agbeyi, Director, International Tax Services – Africa Desk, PwC US The Mauritius and Kenya parliaments ratified the double-taxation treaty between Mauritius and Kenya on May 23, 2014. Kenya already had in-force treaties with the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, Norway, India, Sweden, Zambia, France and Germany The Kenya-Mauritius treaty...

27 October 2014

Key challenges to unlocking growth in Africa

By Noel Albertus, Advisory Leader, PwC Francophone Africa Innovation and growth are top of mind for African CEOs. More than 30% of them see product and service innovation as the key driver of short-term growth, ahead of increasing market share in new and existing markets and M&A initiatives. In Africa,...