Africa news

As the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) gets underway, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) expects the agreement will boost trade both inside and outside the continent. We profile the bank’s efforts to promote African trade and forge partnerships internationally.

Middle East news

Saudi Arabia has huge infrastructure plans over the next decade as the sovereign looks to shift its focus away from oil, but convincing international lenders to finance the projects is integral to the country’s ambitions. 

Middle East news

The rating agency has set Jordan’s rating at BB- with stable outlook, reflecting a strong reform agenda offset by high levels of public debt. 

Central & Eastern Europe news

Looking to generate more liquidity, the stock exchanges of seven Central and Eastern European countries have agreed to launch a joint index for their largest and most liquid stocks.

Middle East news

The Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline caught investors’ attention with a US$3bn debut in the international bond markets that saw massive demand. The successful deal heralds a capital-intensive period for the pipeline’s parent company, which plans to deploy around US$109bn over the next five years. 

CEE & CIS news

So far this year, Slovakia has issued its longest bond ever and launched a bond trading venue with MTS. The debt agency (ARDAL) explains more. 

Fintech news

The UK fintech company, which is due to launch in India and Australia, has announced a ‘disruptive’ new service tapping the UK’s open banking initiative.

Project Finance news

The US$10.9bn facility is poised to create thousands of job opportunities and revolutionise Egypt’s domestic manufacturing sector.

Central & Eastern Europe news

The long-awaited IPO for Slovenia’s largest bank is underway, with Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB) intending to sell three quarters of its shares domestically and in London in the coming months.