Browsing: Kenya

African startups

Africa has today emerged as a fertile ground for groundbreaking startups. As 2024 approaches, the continent’s startup scene is buzzing with activity, marked by impressive funding rounds and strategic expansions. This trend is a fleeting moment and a testament to African entrepreneurship’s resilient and dynamic spirit.

The Exchange Africa spotlights five startups thriving and redefining the business landscape in their respective sectors. From renewable energy solutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to digital health platforms in Kenya, these companies embody the ingenuity and potential of Africa’s business ecosystem. They attract significant investment and are poised to substantially impact their communities.…

US dollar notes used in Money Laundering
  • Economic experts have a bearish forecast on the US dollar, citing that it is  likely to “consistently weaken” throughout 2024 as the US Federal Reserve winds up its aggressive stance.  
  • The prediction comes despite the ongoing big dollar sell off where asset managers are selling the currency at the fastest pace in a year. 
  • This is positive news for emerging and frontier markets, as they can start to see global funds and investors redirect capital back to these markets which have been starved of inflows for months. 

Economic experts are making a bearish forecast against the US dollar, predicting that it is likely to “consistently weaken” throughout 2024 as the US Federal Reserve concludes its aggressive interest rate hiking agenda.

Nigel Green, CEO of the DeVere Group, states that this prediction persists despite the ongoing significant dollar sell-off, where asset managers are selling the currency at the fastest …

EAC COP 28 Climate Summit | Kenya at COP28
  • The East African Community (EAC) will approach the upcoming COP 28 Climate Summit, to be held in Dubai from November 30th to December 12th, 2023, as one bloc.
  • No country should have to choose between its development aspirations and climate change mitigation; there is a need for complementarity as opposed to competition among Partner States.
  • The move comes as the continent faces the most severe challenges, including the ongoing El-Nino floods and drought that have caused havoc due to climate change.

The East African Community has revealed its intention to present a united front at the upcoming COP 28 Climate Summit scheduled to take place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, from November 30th to December 12th, 2023.

Addressing participants at the EAC High-Level Forum on Climate Change and Food Security in Arusha, Tanzania, EAC Secretary-General Peter Mathuki emphasized the significance of the EAC having a unified stance as it …

African Securities Exchanges Association
  • Nairobi, Kenya, will be the site of the highly anticipated Annual Conference of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) from November 22nd to 24th, 2023. 
  • The African Securities Exchanges Association has played a pivotal role in moulding Africa’s financial scene.
  • A partnership of financial firms, the African Securities Exchanges Association is a key player in Africa’s economic revival. Its ability to promote inclusive growth, knowledge sharing, and cooperation is crucial.

Nairobi, Kenya, will be the site of the highly anticipated Annual Conference of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) from November 22nd to 24th, 2023, drawing the attention of the financial community of Africa. Positioning for Growth: Unlocking Africa’s Stock Exchange Potential for Sustained Economic Development is more than simply a debate topic; it’s a rallying cry for an economic revolution that is about to happen on the African continent.

The African Securities Exchanges Conglomerate (ASEA) has played a pivotal

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

Tanzania's tea auction
  • Tanzania’s tea auction hopes to benefit economically and directly from local tea producers by relocating tea trading to local ports rather than routing through Mombasa.
  • The tea auctions in East and Central Africa have made African teas competitive on a worldwide scale by enforcing and maintaining quality standards.
  • Tanzania has the potential to become a global leader in the tea industry with the right mix of technology investment, and innovative product development.

With the recent success of its first tea auction in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania has taken a major stride forward in the international tea trade. More than just a business deal, the historic exchange of 65 tonnes of tea is an effort to increase local autonomy and regional clout. Tanzania hopes to benefit economically and directly from local tea producers by relocating tea trading to local ports rather than routing through Mombasa.

Tea auctions have historically sustained …

fastest-growing economy
  • Most African countries are set to increase their economic growth next year compared to 2023, with East Africa leading the charge.
  • Countries will be powered by their travel, tourism, transport, logistics, financial, and telco sectors.
  • However, some African countries will not enjoy this fastest-growing economy wave as they will be under severe financial stress in 2024 due to their huge debt obligations.

The most recent analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) predicts that by 2024, Africa will have the world’s second-fastest expanding major area, behind only Asia. According to the EIU’s African Economic Outlook, Africa’s amazing growth trajectory is evidence of the continent’s resiliency and its enormous unrealized economic potential.

Most African countries are set to increase their economic development compared to 2023, with East Africa leading the charge, as noted by the EIU’s Africa Economic Outlook. Powered by their thriving travel, tourism, and hospitality industries as well …

Foreign Direct Investments
  • Kenya seeks to attract $10 billion in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the next four years despite dwindling inflows over the past years. 
  • The Kenya Investment Authority has partnered with UNDP and the World Bank to develop and implement an Investment Facilitation Framework and FDI Attraction Strategy.
  • The framework is aimed at creating a transparent, predictable, efficient and trusted mechanism for effective investment facilitation.

Kenya aims to attract $10 billion in Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the next four years despite experiencing declining investment inflows in recent years. The East African country, in collaboration with the Kenya Investment Authority, has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank to formulate and implement an Investment Facilitation Framework and FDI Attraction Strategy.

Rebecca Miano, the Cabinet Secretary (CS) for the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry (MITI) in Kenya, stated that the framework seeks to establish a transparent, …