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Cover Story Has Covid changed African banking forever?

Editorial 5 Industry response to crisis makes us proud

African Banker’s World 6 Banking sector news from around the world 14 Who’s going where in the

African banking industry

Cover Story 24 Has Covid changed African banking forever? 26 Banks duck and weave to avoid punches 28 Crisis accelerates the digital revolution 30 Pandemic stokes sovereign debt problem

Topic 32 African vaccine roll-out gathers pace

Viewpoint 36 Fintechs point way to economic recovery

View from the Top 38 Social partnerships key to navigating crises

Stock Market 44 Sovereigns walk slippery debt path 47 NSE launches Africa’s first online platform

Opinion 50 Banks must conquer new frontiers

In Conversation 52 Josephine Anan-Ankomah,

Ecobank Group

The Bigger Picture 54 Is it time to invest in gold?

Islamic Finance 56 African banking still in the slow lane 58 Afro-Arab trading buds ready to bloom Straight from the Shoulder 60 Central bank independence under attack again

Profile 62 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, WTO

In Conversation 40 Skander Oueslati, AfricInvest 42 Sameh Shenouda, AFC

Country Focus 66 Nigeria: Banks thrive under ‘new normal’ 69 CBN mandates remittances to dollar accounts 72 South Africa:

Ramaphosa’s ‘four arrows’

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