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Mobile money services have become popular across Africa. Image: www.itwebafrica.com

Africa’s Best Sectors For Technology-Enabled Investments In 2018

By Kurt Davis Jr., 12:04 am AFKI Original

Recent advances in technology are creating scalability for sub-Saharan African investments, with technology-enabled businesses well-positioned for growth. Financial services provides one such example. As many Westerners complain about the lack of technological advancement with banks on managing their money (i.e., poor identity checks, lack of speed in service, etc.), many sub-Saharan Africans are celebrating some great advancements in their financial services.

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