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The press conference to announce sponsors for this year’s event. Lavine International Agency Chief Executive Officer Diana Laizer (In black) says the event will be continental.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam over the weekend at a press conference to announce the sponsors for this year’s event, the Lavine International Agency Chief Executive Officer Diana Laizer said: “We thank the support from our stakeholders and sponsors for their pledges to ensure that this year’s event goes across the continent with flying colours.”

“The Consumer Choice Awards Africa (CCAA) was originated from Tanzania Consumer Choice Awards (TCCA) which was founded in 2019 under the organization of Lavine International Agency Limited; is a business awarding event that recognizes, enhances and promotes business excellence through consumer’s choice,” she said.…

apple pay contactless terminal

Digital mobile payment platform Apple Pay last week silently went live in South Africa, with at least three banks supporting the service.

This is the first time the service is being launched in Africa.

How Apple Pay works

Apple Pay is the smartphone manufacturer’s payment and digital wallet system. Users of the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch can use the feature to pay online on various apps and at Tap and Pay NFC terminals. A bank card needs to be connected to the service.

Apple Pay allows users to load a supported banking card and use their Apple device – such as an iPhone or cellular Apple Watch – to make a contactless payment at supported NFC-based terminals.

Banks supporting Apple Pay

Following the launch of the service in Africa, three South African banks are listed on Apple’s website as partners supporting Apple Pay.

They are Absa, Discovery and …



Absa suffered a major data leak in South Africa and even though the breach did not occur at the bank itself, the data leak still raises security questions concern the safety of client’s money.

Absa is new in Tanzania, the newest big player in the banking industry and has invested a great deal in creating a positive image. However, earlier this month, that image was gravely tainted after an Absa employee allegedly leaked some of the bank’s customer data.

The incident occurred in the bank’s South African main branch where it is reported that the said employee provided customer information to unknown third party interests. The leaked customer info included client ID numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and even mobile phone numbers.

The information that was leaked includes names and surnames, identity numbers and physical addresses, the bank admits.

Further still it also admitted other leaked data includes …

Uganda’s Central Bank makes reforms to boost economy

Uganda’s Central Bank appointed seven banks to compete at its auctions of treasury bonds and bills, reforming the primary dealership system in a bid to bolster the country’s economy.

At each auction, the primary dealer banks will bid above $54,040.08 and then resell the bonds to other investors on the secondary market.

The primary dealer banks include Centenary, ABSA, bank of Baroda, Development Finance Company of Uganda (DFCU), Stanbic Bank, Housing Finance Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Experts in Uganda say that the move will improve the attractiveness of the country’s treasuries to investors at home and overseas.

These investors include overseas buyers, non-primary dealer commercial banks, firms and ordinary Ugandans that are looking to enjoy interest payments from government and to use the treasuries as collateral.

“In order to enhance liquidity in the secondary market, effective October 01, 2020, competitive bidding in the primary market for Government securities shall …

After dropping Barclays tag, Absa digs in big money to hold on Africa

Barclays Bank Kenya has successfully changed its name to Absa Bank Kenya marking an end to centuries of the domination of the banking sector by British banks. This follows the acquisition of Barclays Plc operations in Africa in 2017 by Absa Bank of South Africa in restructuring by the London-based lender.

These are some of the changes experienced in several countries across Africa as the Absa brand cements its presence in the continent, a market that was firmly held by Barclays brand for almost a century. Similar changes have happened in Ghana, Botswana, Seychelles and Tanzania.

With these changes, the bank is knocking doors in one of the biggest global lenders, the Multi Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) with an aim of creating a broader investment base for individual banks in several African countries.

Different Central Banks in the region require commercial banks to have a minimal investment base to enable …

Earlier this week, the African Development Bank signed an unfunded $250-million Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) facility with ABSA – a pan-Africa financial institution with a solid presence in 12 African countries.

According to AfDB’s statement, the 3 year RPA facility was signed on November 12, on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Form through its trade finance operations.

Under this 3-year RPA facility, the Bank and ABSA will share the default risk on a portfolio of eligible trade transactions originated by African Issuing Banks (IBs) and confirmed by ABSA.

ABSA Group Limited is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups with solid human capital on the ground reaching around 42 000 employees.

Also, ABSA has majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles , South Africa (Absa Bank), Tanzania (Barclays Bank in Tanzania and National Bank of …