This week, the ever aggressive South African business world has seen two major companies, Vivo energy and Naspers all set to list on Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, has named South African startup Wala as the grand prize winner of the 2018 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion, as well as the regional winner of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge.
Marsh has provided a $95 million innovative bank surety solution to Yapı Merkezi Construction and Industry Inc., to support the construction of a new high-speed electric railway line in Tanzania.
The Insurance Sector in Nigeria enjoyed a steady growth with Premiums increased of 300 per cent from N75 billion to over N300 billion between 2005 and 2015
ADvTECH has announced the acquisition of Monash South Africa (MSA), a leading South African private tertiary education institution with students from more than 50 countries.
Subject to regulatory approval, Tokio Marine will acquire a 22.5% stake in Hollard South Africa and Hollard International for approximately R5 billion, fulfilling Hollard’s long-held goal of partnering with a major international insurance group.
S.Vijay Iyer, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, MIGA, the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group – is set to visit Kenya and Rwanda.
Despite the additional pressures of unrelenting regulatory and insurance accounting changes, and the huge costs associated with the changes, there are some positive developments and opportunities for growth.
After its recently concluded annual review of the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), S&P Global Ratings has affirmed the company’s ‘A’ for Financial Strength and Counterparty Credit as well as its “Stable’ outlook.
President Yoweri Museveni has said that a number of Government of Uganda funded contracts worth $2.4bn have been given to Chinese companies especially on roads and recently security cameras worth $120 million.
As industries grow, so does the job market, consumer satisfation and investor confidence. Nigeria is gaining a reputation as fertile ground for both business expansion and takeoff point for startups.
Uganda has become the first African country to sign an agreement with the Regional Liquidity Support Facility, a joint initiative of the African Trade Insurance Agency, a Pan-African and multilateral guarantor and KfW with funding from German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Allianz Group has announced the completion of the acquisition of 99.03 percent of the shares in Nigerian insurer Ensure Insurance from its core shareholder Greenoaks Global Holdings.
As Kenya aims for mid- level economic status it has set targets it hopes will propel it to this dream.
GreenTec Capital has announced its investment into Bismart Insurance from Kenya. Leveraging on cutting edge technology, the company provides a digital interface to offer insurance products and services across Africa.
There is no shortage of opinions with regards to what needs to be done to improve economies of Africa. Experts from diverse fields advocate for different solutions, some tailored to fit their field interests, others seeming to stem from a place of general betterment.
The African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) has urged Nigeria and other countries to focus on de-risking their economies to drive future investment growth.
In a much anticipated announcement, the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) , declared that its General Assembly had approved the first ever payments to shareholders.
A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++, Good and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” of Arab Misr Insurance Group S.A.E., gig-Egypt.
Global and African financial heads identified country risk as the biggest challenge to their ability to lend more to African countries.
Kenya’s Retirement Authority has appointed Mr. Nzomo Mutuku as the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority.
The forming and maintaining of strategic, mutually beneficial partnerships is pertinent to the development of any economy, especially a growing one like Nigeria.
NSIA Insurance Limited has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, the representative of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) in Nigeria.
African Trade Insurance (ATI) has announced 6th consecutive year of profit to $9.9 million in Net Profit for the year ending December 2017.
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Kenya’s business landscape has this week continued to register mixed fortunes with key sectors, including banking, agribusiness, horticulture and insurance featuring prominently.
Private equity fund AfricInvest has officially become a shareholder in diversified financial services company Britam after acquiring a 14.3 per cent stake.
OUTsurance Life is to add funeral cover to its current offering. According to Danie Matthee, CEO of OUTsurance, the new product which will become available next month will meet customer demand in South Africa for a dignified funeral, while offering much greater flexibility for policy holders.
Hollard Namibia has contracted SilverBridge Holdings to implement a Microsoft-based business intelligence (BI) solution and enable it to extract meaningful insights from its data to help drive business strategy.
The latest South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) for Life Insurance Companies in 2017, conducted by Consulta, reveals that Metropolitan’s customers are still the most satisfied with their service.
“Insurtech has gained momentum over the last two years in South Africa. It was initially seen as a major threat by insurance companies, but now insurers are taking a far more proactive approach to seizing opportunities in this space and are starting to collaborate with startups."
“Insurtech has gained momentum over the last two years in South Africa. It was initially seen as a major threat by insurance companies, but now insurers are taking a far more proactive approach to seize opportunities in this space and are starting to collaborate with startups."
Lockton Middle East and North Africa has continued the expansion of its regional footprint with the launch of its new Cairo office as the business looks to take advantage of the strengthening Egyptian economy.
Research shows that 93% of South African companies are developing a cloud strategy, and are either in the implementation stage, or in the planning stage, of their cloud journey.
The Board of Directors of the African Trade Insurance Agency has elected Dr. Yohannes Ayalew Birru as their new Chairman.
The past few months have seen digital becoming more integrated with industry sectors across Africa. But it is the data-rich environment of insurance that has especially benefitted from this with several trends emerging that impact on the effectiveness of its delivery in the continent.
Britam has launched a unit-linked investment product which offers customers the opportunity to earn high returns while providing them with life insurance protection cover.
Insurance startup Naked launches today with an AI-based car insurance offering. Rebuilt for social good, the new product puts customers in control of their insurance and saves them money.
Britam Holdings Plc total comprehensive income grew by 143 % to Shs 1. 9 billion in 2017, up from Shs 784.7 million in 2016.
Consolidation is taking place in the East African insurance market due to rising capital requirements and mergers with international firms that want to gain a foothold in the region. Ashok Shah, Group CEO of APA Apollo examines the opportunities this brings.
Sanlam, SAHAM’s partner since February 2016, will increase its stake in the capital of SAHAM Group’s insurance subsidiary, from 46.6 per cent to 100 per cent, according to the terms of an agreement recently reached.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation says it has committed $2.4 billion to date to the U.S. Power Africa initiative to harness the resources of the private sector to bring more electricity to Africa.