Nigeria Central Bank’s Acting as Piggy Bank, MPC Member Says

Nigeria Central Bank’s Acting as Piggy Bank, MPC Member Says

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) Nigeria’s central bank is acting like a “piggy bank” with its funding of the government, according to a member of the Monetary Policy Committee who said he struggles to understand the regulator’s economic rationale. Monetary data showed a “sharp rise” in the Central Bank of Nigeria’s financing of the government deficit this year, Doyin Salami said after the MPC’s July 24-25 meeting, according to a central bank statement published Tuesday. The regulator’s…

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The Reason Why South Africa’s Central Bank May Cut Again This Week

The Reason Why South Africa’s Central Bank May Cut Again This Week

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – If South Africa’s central bank cuts interest rates again this week, just don’t accuse it of doing so for the sake of “socioeconomic well-being.” The institution has been fighting off a bid by the nation’s anti-graft ombudsman to change its mandate away from targeting inflation to focusing on the financial health and quality of life of its citizens. But officials might be about to deliver their second rate reduction this…

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Global Central Banks Can’t Ignore the Bitcoin Boom, BIS Says

Global Central Banks Can’t Ignore the Bitcoin Boom, BIS Says

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – The world’s central banks can’t ignore the growth in cryptocurrencies and may at some point have to consider whether it makes sense for them to issue their own digital currencies, according to the Bank for International Settlements. “Whether or not a central bank should provide a digital alternative to cash is most pressing in countries, such as Sweden, where cash usage is rapidly declining,” the BIS said in its quarterly review….

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Kenyan Politics Limbo Hinders Central Bank on Currency Risk

Kenyan Politics Limbo Hinders Central Bank on Currency Risk

NAIROBI (Capital Markets in Africa) – On Monday, Kenya’s central bank may have little choice but to do what the rest of the country is stuck with: waiting for a rerun of its presidential election. With political limbo reigning since the Supreme Court’s annulment of the previous attempt at a national vote on Aug. 8, officials are left contemplating the effects of prolonged uncertainty on an economy that also faces slowing growth and persistent inflation….

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South Africa Central Bank Says Graft Ombudsman Met Zuma Lawyers

South Africa Central Bank Says Graft Ombudsman Met Zuma Lawyers

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – The country’s graft ombudsman used a probe into an apartheid-era bailout of a lender to attack the South African Reserve Bank and didn’t disclose a meeting with lawyers in President Jacob Zuma’s office to discuss the investigation before its findings were released, the central bank said. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane instructed lawmakers in a June 19 report to amend the constitution to make the bank focus on the “socioeconomic well-being of the citizens”…

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Standard Bank Group Names Tshabalala First Sole Black CEO

Standard Bank Group Names Tshabalala First Sole Black CEO

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Standard Bank Group Limited appointed Sim Tshabalala as sole chief executive officer, ending a dual role he shared with Ben Kruger, and making him the first black person to lead Africa’s largest lender independently. Kruger, 58, will step down as joint-CEO immediately and continue as an executive director, reporting to Tshabalala, 49, Johannesburg-based Standard Bank said in a statement on Tuesday. The joint leadership structure was necessary as part of the company’s management succession…

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Ghana Is Said to Triple Minimum Capital Requirements for Banks

Ghana Is Said to Triple Minimum Capital Requirements for Banks

ACCRA (Capital Markets in Africa) – The Bank of Ghana more than trebled minimum capital requirements for lenders as part of reforms aimed at strengthening the industry, according to people familiar with the matter. Banks will need to set aside at least 400 million cedis ($91 million) in capital compared with 120 million cedis previously to meet their license obligations, the people said, asking not to be identified because an official announcement hasn’t yet been made. Lenders…

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