Tuesday, July 16

Banking

Kenya's Bilateral loans
  • Kenya’s bilateral loans data show that the Asian giant is still a major lender to Kenya mainly for the development of roads rails and port infrastructure.
  • The country’s debt as of March 2024 comprised of $80.9 billion (Sh10.4trillion) comprising $40.5 billion (Sh5.2 trillion) domestic and same amount in external loans.
  • In the past three months the strong shilling has come in handy in helping the state reduce its debt.

Kenya owes China $7.2 billion (Sh920.52 billion) in loans making it the leading lender by country rankings, even as President William Ruto looks west for more financing and trade cooperation.

Official data shows the Asian giant is still a major lender to Kenya mainly for the development of roads rails and port infrastructure.

It is the second biggest majorl lender after the World Bank, whose credit line to Kenya is currently at an estimated $14 billion (Sh1.8 trillion)

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The World Bank.
  • The World Bank has approved a $2.25 billion loan for Nigeria to shore up revenue and support economic reforms.
  • $1.5 billion of the loan will help protect millions who have faced growing poverty since a year ago.
  • $750 million, the bank said, will support tax reforms and revenue and safeguard oil revenues threatened with limited production caused by chronic theft.

Nigerian President Tinubu’s economic reforms, including ending decades-long but costly fuel subsidies and unifying the multiple exchange rates have resulted in surging inflation that is at a 28-year high.

Under growing pressure from citizens and workers protesting the hardship, Tinubu’s government said that it was seeking the loan to support its long-term economic plans.

The government said it was also taking steps to boost foreign investment inflows which fell by 26.7 per cent from US$5.3 billion in 2022 to US$3.9 billion in 2023, according to the Nigerian Economic Summit Group

British International Investment
    • The transaction marks the successful outcome of BII and I&M’s equity partnership for over 7 years as AfricInvest takes over.
    • The institution said that the sale to a like-minded investor is one of the most significant transactions in East Africa in recent years and represents a vote of confidence in the region’s financial services sector.
    • It is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, and the Rwandan subsidiary I&M Bank Rwanda PLC is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange.

    British International Investment (‘BII’)

  • British International Investment (‘BII’), the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, has sold its 10.1 per cent stake in I&M Group PLC, the Eastern African banking group, to AfricInvest, a leading Pan-African Asset Management platform.

    The acquisition was made through East Africa Growth Holding, a special-purpose vehicle owned by AfricInvest.

  • I&M Group PLC is a leading banking group in Eastern Africa with a presence in Kenya,
small-scale farmers

Ahead of COP28, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is calling on leaders across the globe to shift gears and drastically and urgently scale up climate finance for small-scale farmers and small agribusinesses, who produce one-third of the world’s food and up to 70 per cent of the food in low- and middle-income countries. Many of these farmers are grappling with the negative impacts of climate change.…

The World Bank IMF
  • World Bank foresees $12 billion in support for Kenya between 2023 and 2026.
  • This financing is subject to approval as East Africa’s economic powerhouse continues to depend on borrowing to bridge budget gaps in the wake of high recurrent expenditures and revenue shortfalls.
  • The World Bank said it is fully committed to support Kenya in its journey to become an upper-middle-income country by 2030.

Kenya stands to benefit from up to $12 billion in financing from the World Bank over the next three years, as indicated by the global lender, ensuring continued support for the debt-saddled country.

This is subject to approval, the World Bank noted on Monday, as East Africa’s economic powerhouse continues to depend on borrowing to bridge budget gaps in the wake of high recurrent expenditures and revenue shortfalls. The World Bank stated that it is fully committed to supporting Kenya in its journey to become an …

Equity Group
  • Equity Group anticipates regulatory changes, currency fluctuations, and the broader economic repercussions of global events as obstacles in the future.
  • However, the regional lender looks well-positioned to overcome these obstacles due to its robust capital base, diversified business model, and continuous digital transformation.
  • Analysis shows that industry-specific factors, market sentiment, and macroeconomic conditions may be exerting an impact on the stock’s performance.

Amidst the ongoing repercussions of the pandemic and geopolitical unrest on a global scale, Equity Group Kenya, arguably the largest financial institution in East Africa, has exhibited exceptional fortitude and expansion during the three months ending September 30, 2023.

In spite of the tough economic climate characterized by inflationary forces and disruptions in the supply chain, Equity Group has disclosed a consistent upward trend in its fundamental financial indicators. An important growth driver has been the bank’s emphasis on digital innovation and customer-centric services, which have significantly

Fintech Cellulant
  • Egypt’s entry is a huge step forward for Cellulant, which now offers a full suite of payment services throughout 35 African regions and integrates over 370 different payment methods.
  • Cellulant has raised a total of US$55 million to date, making it one of the most heavily backed fintech startups in Africa and allowing it to support its ambitious expansion plans.
  • CEO Ahmed Marwan says with over 40% the adult population in Egypt using prepaid cards and mobile wallets, the acquisition of these licences positions Cellulant to further streamline payment options for businesses.

Kenyan Fintech giant Cellulant, has announced its initial registration as a Payment Service Provider and Payment Facilitator in Egypt, a major development for digital payments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This is a huge step forward for Cellulant, which now offers a full suite of payment services throughout 35 African regions and integrates more than …

Saudi Fund for Development

In the ever-evolving world of global finance, oil-rich Saudi Arabia is emerging as a pivotal thread, weaving a narrative of economic collaboration and strategic partnerships. As the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) unfurls its wings, it has inked a historic $580 million loan agreement with 12 African countries, marking a significant stride in the kingdom’s expanding role on the world financial stage.

Against the backdrop of evolving dynamics, where traditional financiers, especially China, are reassessing their commitments, Saudi Arabia’s ascent becomes a compelling tale of financial diplomacy, poised to reshape the contours of international economic relations. Saudi Arabia is positioning itself not just as a regional powerhouse but as a global player influencing the trajectory of world finance.…

Personal Loans for Kenyan consumers
  • TransUnion survey shows four in 10 (41%) of Kenyan consumers reported a decrease in income over the past three months.
  • A similar number or 42% of Kenyan consumers anticipate being unable to pay their current bills and loans in full.
  • About 55% of Kenyan consumers plan to make further cuts to their discretionary spending. What’s more, 47% expect a decrease in large purchases such as cars.

A new survey by TransUnion has revealed a mixed financial outlook for Kenyan consumers in the second quarter of 2023. The research, presented at its annual Financial Services summit in Nairobi, found that while eight in 10 (79 per cent) expect their household incomes to increase in the coming year, four in 10 (41 per cent) reported a decrease in income over the past three months. A similar number or 42 per cent anticipate being unable to pay their current bills and loans in …

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