2014: a year in data – Africa

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Corruption remains a core issue

A pulse survey on corporate finance in Sub-Saharan Africa, published in September, highlighted the continuing problem of corruption in the region.

What are the biggest risks to the development of capital markets in Africa

A Google search of the terms "corruption" and "Africa" returns 127,000,000 results, ranging from blog posts detailing first-hand experiences, to news headlines and working papers from international organisations.

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A Twitter search for the same terms results in a list of tweets going back almost to the first day the social media service was launched. Although, according to data from communications firm Portland, football is actually the most talked about subject on Twitter from accounts set up in Africa.
 
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SSA corporate funding: Sub-Saharan Africa set for more equity deals, survey finds
September 2014
Sub-Saharan Africa’s capital markets continue to make up a tiny proportion of overall global investment banking activity. Investment banking fees for the region in the first eight months of the year totalled less than $200 million, a fraction of a global fee pool of close to $60 billion, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

SSA corporate funding: IMF – Take the long view on Africa
September 2014
Abebe Aemro Selassie, deputy director of the IMF’s African department, urges policymakers in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to focus on making sure banking systems are robust. Rather than looking for short-term rewards of opening credit lines, he wants to see well-capitalized and regulated banks in countries where fiscal deficits are controlled.

SSA corporate funding: Corruption still weighs down Sub-Saharan Africa
September 2014
Euromoney Country Risk’s expert panel identifies corruption as the main political risk factor in most countries in the region, though overall economic risk has fallen since 2011.

2014: A year in data