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There is enormous untapped potential through regional integration in Africa to deliver poverty reduction and development gains; we can take a fresh look at some regional integration initiatives if the continent is to become better integrated. Regional trade integration has long been a strategic objective for Africa yet, despite some success in eliminating tariffs within regional communities, the African market remains highly fragmented. A range of non-tariff and regulatory barriers still raise transaction costs and limit the movement of goods, services, people and capital across borders throughout Africa. Barriers to trade continue to limit the growth of trade throughout all African regional groupings. By imposing unnecessary costs on exporters these barriers raise prices for consumers, undermine the predictability of the trade regime, and reduce investment in the region.
The Global Financial Inclusion (Global Findex) database, launched by the World Bank in 2011, provides comparable indicators showing how people around the world save, borrow, make payments, and manage risk. The 2014 edition of the database reveals that 62 percent of adults worldwide have an account at a bank or another type of financial institution or with a mobile money provider. Between 2011 and 2014, 700 million adults became account holders while the number of those without an account— the unbanked—dropped by 20 percent to 2 billion.
In reality, agriculture value chains - the range of steps and related actors necessary for an agriculture product to move from the farm to the final customers - are often quite complex. Digitizing the processes around payments could make these value chains more efficient. There are clear benefits for buyers to going digital, including lowering the costs of withdrawing, transporting, and securing cash and distributing payments – either to farmers directly or via associations or cooperatives. But the value proposition for farmers is less clear. The overall lack of mobile money ecosystems in rural areas, even in countries with the most developed digital financial service ecosystems, gives farmers little incentive to switch from cash to digital payments.
Doing Business presents results for two aggregate measures: the distance to frontier score and the ease of doing business ranking, which is based on the distance to frontier score. The ease of doing business ranking compares economies with one another; the distance to frontier score benchmarks economies with respect to regulatory best practice, showing the absolute distance to the best performance on each Doing Business indicator. When compared across years, the distance to frontier score shows how much the regulatory environment for local entrepreneurs in an economy has changed over time in absolute terms, while the ease of doing business ranking can show only how much the regulatory environment has changed relative to that in other economies.
This report analyzes how new technology can be applied to improve compliance and regulatory reporting. It identifies areas in compliance that could benefit from regtech, describes recent technological innovations and how they could be applied to compliance and reporting, and discusses barriers to regtech implementation and development. FIs have a primary responsibility for supporting regtech development, most importantly by creating IT and risk infrastructures that are capable of integrating these new solutions.
The report focuses on innovative mobile phones money and banking options in four African countries - Kenya, Nigeria Tanzania and Uganda. It highlights differences among the 4 countries and their financial regulatory environment. It further examines different regulations that have influenced the development of financial inclusion through the use of mobile financial services in the 4 countries.
The African Development Bank says regional and global shocks in 2016 slowed the pace of growth in Africa, but signs of recovery were manifest in 2017 and the bank projects growth for the region to accelerate to 4.1 per cent in 2018. CNBC Africa’s Frederic Vandevyver caught up with Abebe Shimeles, Acting Director of Research, Networking and Partnerships division at the African Development Bank to discuss the projections.
The “Agriculture in Africa– Telling Facts from Myths” project was initiated by the Chief Economist’s Office of the World Bank Africa Region in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Cornell University, the Food and Agriculture Organization, London School of Economics, Maastricht School of Management, University of Pretoria, University of Rome Tor Vergata, University of Trento, and Yale University. It uses the Living Standards Measurement Study - Integrated Surveys on Agriculture (LSMS-ISA) to update our current understanding of farming in Africa
In some African countries, foreign investment in food production has improved infrastructure and quality of life. But large-scale agriculture has also had negative effects, including environmental degradation and destruction of small farms. Photojournalist Robin Hammond, who covered this conflict for National Geographic magazine, gives a ground-level view of the issues.
Tigo Rwanda launches the ‘Tigo Payment Solution for Agriculture’ to improve farmers’ lives. This video tells the moving story of 10,000 men and women tea farmers from Gicumbi enjoying the freedom to seamlessly transact between their bank account – SACCO and their mobile – Tigo Cash.
The Guide to the Use of Digital Finance in Agriculture aims to provide a quick and easy-to-use tool to understand how one new technology platform, digital finance, can help address some of the challenges that smallholder farmers are experiencing today – mainly, lack of access to financial services and convenient payment systems.
The 2017 African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings was held in Ahmedabad, India from 22 – 26 May 2017 themed “Transforming Agriculture for Wealth Creation in Africa”. For a discussion CNBC Africa’s Bronwyn Nielsen is joined by panellists including President of Senegal Macky Sall; Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group and Kenneth Quinn, President, World Food Prize Foundation.
For the first time since the financial crisis, the World Bank is forecasting that the global economy will be operating at or near full capacity. We anticipate growth in advanced economies to moderate slightly, but growth in emerging markets and developing countries should strengthen to 4.5% this year.
Among East African countries, Ethiopia is likely to remain the fastest growing economy, but growth is expected to soften as it takes measures to stabilize government debt. Growth is expected to recover in Kenya, as inflation eases, and to firm in Tanzania on strengthening investment growth.
Across the continent, Chinese electronics, clothes, and other products have flooded local markets. Chinese-made Dutch Wax Prints now sell better than the originals, decimating local industries in places like Lubumbashi, Congo. Increasingly you are finding Chinese-run factoriesin Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, and supposedly soon in Central Africa where the region’s first auto factory will be in Cameroon.
The rise of mobile network operator (MNO)-led and bank-led digital nancial services offerings, as well as joint and third-party initiatives, is well documented. Globally, there are more than 130 live mobile money deployments tracked by the GSMA, the mobile telecom industry body, and another 87 in development of bank-led initiatives, there are 236 agent banking deployments in Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Mexico alone, with a total of more than 43,000 combined agents. As the market is further deepened and developed, payment actors such as Visa, MasterCard and Western Union are positioning in this space as well.
This type of loan is specifically tailored for Farmers that do not have bank accounts but need a loan to purchase good quality seeds for their farms. We have partnered with www.signature-seeds.com to offer you up to $300 worth of high quality seeds for farmers around the world. Farming is seasonal and has ups and downs. Finding finance options for a small farm can be difficult, and this is where L-Pesa offers incredible support. eds worth a particular value.
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