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Cover Story In conversation: Ecobank Chairman Alain Nkontchou

Editorial 5 Africa’s battle for a fairer deal

News in Brief 6 Banking sector news from around the continent

African Banker’s World 12 Who’s going where in the

African banking industry

Cover Story 18 Ecobank Chairman Alain Nkontchou: The power of broadband

Country Focus: Nigeria at 60 24 A six-decade rollercoaster ride 28 No reprieve for chronic loan defaulters

In Conversation 32 Olukayode Pitan, Managing Director of Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI)

Partner Insight 36 Living the digital future – CIB

The Bigger Picture 38 IMF Special Drawing Rights offer Africa a lifeline

Credit Rating Agencies 41 Inflexible agency stance hurting Africa

African Banker Awards 46 Women dominate African

Banker 2020 Awards

In Conversation 48 Admassu Tadesse, President and Chief Executive, TDB

Law / Mediation 50 Need for mediation on the increase

Stock Market 52 IHS seeking $7bn US listing 53 Listing for Rwanda cement giant 54 Setting up a US dollar bourse in Victoria Falls 56 A stock exchange for Ethiopia ‘on the way’ 56 FDH Bank is Malawi’s 16th listing

Topic 58 Covid impact on investment banking is minimal

In Perspective 60 The new normal: business unusual

Technology 62 Banks accelerating digitisation in wake of Covid

Regional Focus: East Africa 66 Spike in M&A despite Covid 69 Secrecy fuels forex worries in Tanzania

Essay 44 Menace of trial by social media

Country Focus: South Africa 72 Harsh reality forces change to IMF stance

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