3 East African exchanges to link before year-end 2020

Market integration across 3 East African securities exchanges is moving fast with a target of being live and online by 31 December 2020. According to a news report, Uganda Securities Exchange, Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange and Rwanda Stock Exchange are set to start trading as a single market after connecting their trading systems to […]

How big are African pension funds?

Traditional assets under management in 12 African countries were $634bn in 2014, set to reach $1.1trn in 2020 (PwC). South Africa’s $124bn GEPF is the biggest but many other fast-growing African funds are also investing in infrastructure and private equity.

Egypt is Africa’s new #1 investment destination

Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) Where to Invest in Africa 2018 report shows changes in the top investment destinations in Africa. Egypt is the new number 1, pushing South Africa to 2nd, while Nigeria and Algeria crashed out of the top 10. But African countries are still at the lower end of global performance as investment destinations.

Pension funds power Africa’s infrastructure

Here is my article on a critical area for Africa to develop, creating the atmosphere for productive investments by fast-growing pension funds. Published in African Banker magazine.

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange IPO nearly 5x oversubscribed

Total bids for the initial public offer (IPO) of shares in the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC was TZS35.8bn ($16.4m). This is 4.8 times the offered amount of TZS7.5bn ($3.4m) in the IPO which closed on 3 June. The DSE will self list on 12 July.

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange readies for $3.4m IPO and self-listing

The Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange Plc will launch its initial public offer soon, after completing the demutualization. The Capital Markets and Securities Authority, said the bourse can raise TZS 7.5 billion ($3.4 million) by issuing 15 million ordinary shares at TZS 500 each.

IMF cuts African growth forecast

Africa’s growth is slowing dramatically, says the International Monetary Fund, and is likely to be 3.75% this year and 4.25% next year. It could get worse if the global economy does not grow.

Tanzania’s $10bn China-funded port will start in 2015

China is to build a huge new port and special economic zone in Tanzania worth at least $10 billion. Construction is due to start on 1 July 2015 as the country bids to rival Kenya’s Mombasa as transport hub for East Africa.

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange chief opens trading on the London Stock Exchange

The CEO of Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange opened trading on the London Stock Exchange on 27 Jan alongside UK Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt Hon. Justine Greening MP. LSE Group signed a MoU with the Department for International Development to work on capital markets development across sub-Saharan Africa.

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange boosts operations and incomes

The Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange made operational improvements in 2013 including doubling trading hours, reducing settlement times on equities and bonds and introducing a wide-area network (WAN). Turnover soared five-fold to $156 million compared to 2012.