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Capital Raising & Corporate Finance


In our 21st annual survey, Global Finance identifies the best banks in 150 countries and eight regions. The winners are not always the biggest banks, but rather, the best—those with the qualities that corporations should look for when choosing a bank.



The financial system in Africa varies from the highly developed banking institutions of South Africa and Nigeria to the barely organized banking sector of South Sudan, the world’s newest country.


Madagascar Seeks Stability and Emerging Markets Status

Madagascar’s new prime minister, Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger, has vowed to revive the island’s economy, helping it become a true emerging market, and reinforces the promise of president Hery Rajaonarimampianina, when he was elected in December 2013, to lure foreign investors and tourists back to Madagascar.
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Browse additional economic indicators and data sets, selected by Global Finance editors, to learn more about Madagascar economic outlook, debt to GDP ratio, international trade performance and population trends. Rankings of Madagascar best banks and safest banks are also available.

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Africa’s Mobile Banking: Boom Or Bust?

ANNUAL SUPPLEMENT: AFRICA 2013 By Erik Heinrich Africa’s mobile-banking boom is a complicated tale of East versus West. But who’s approach will prove right in the end? Mobile banking is a force for social and economic change ...

Award Winners

World’s Best Banks 2013: Africa

By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt MOBILE BANKING STIMULATES ECONOMIC GROWTH IN AFRICA Africa is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world for mobile payments. Money transfers using mobile phones will exceed $200 billion in ...

Award Winners

Awards: World’s Best Banks 2013

BRIGHT STARS By Thomas Clouse, Jonathan Gregson, Antonio Guerrero & Gordon Platt Following a year that included some of the biggest scandals in banking history—the London Whale, the Libor rate-fixing scandal, widespread money laundering, insider trading, rogue trading and ...

Emerging & Frontier Markets

Emerging Markets Roundup: Africa

G HANA INVESTS IN RENEWABLES   By Antonio Guerrero   UK-based Blue Energy will invest $400 million to build Africa’s largest solar photovoltaic power plant in Ghana.   The Nzema project will produce 155 megawatts, increasing the country’s generating capacity ...