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With more than 1,800 staff, Stanbic employs more people than any other bank in Uganda. Management has had to think of ways to keep costs lower while the maintaining full coverage of the country. Such strategy has come at the cost of reducing employment and having to relocate some of their branches to rather cheap locations. Business News 

Standard Bank eyes expansion into francophone West Africa

    South Africa’s Standard bank is set to expand its operations into francophone West Africa.The bank is riding on a chinese investment drive into Ivory Coast to establish a foothold in the region.Chinese authorities and companies have committed over $7.5 billion over the next few years to invest in infrastructure in the Ivory Coast. “By virtue of our relationship with the ICBC (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China) we think we’re in a position to provide advice, structuring and the capability to deploy the resources necessary to get involved…

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Africa soon be the largest free-trade area in the world

Transport Infrastructure Driving Boost in Africa’s Cross Border Trade Africa could soon be the largest free-trade area in the world. This is if the African Union’s Continental FreeTrade Area (CTFA) stays on track to be operational by the end of this year. Once up and running, the continent-wide free trade zone could lead to a 52 percent ($35 billion) increase in intra-African trade within the next 5 years, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The UNECA’s Stephen Karingi, who heads their Regional Integration and Trade Division,…

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