The Africa opportunity

With over 150 years in Sub-Saharan Africa, we have an intimate knowledge of the region.



Our African business

We have operations in 15 African countries and understand that the dynamics of each market is different.

Africa presents a significant opportunity across multiple sectors and industries. Its growth has been aided by its favourable demographics, improved macro-economic stability, and growing trade and investment flows with Asia and the Middle East.

As the only bank with a strong presence in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, we're uniquely placed to help businesses grow in all three markets. Our presence in Africa reflects our long history there, as well as our appetite to grow with the continent.

As Africa grows, we aim to develop our local business, to meet demand and reinforce our position as Africa's leading international bank.

The story so far...  

Here a just a few highlights of how we're helping small and large businesses grow in Africa. 


Boosting power in Uganda Boosting power in Uganda
Our financing and partnerships with power providers in Uganda will boost the country's power grid by 20% by 2015.  

Learn more about our financing


Investing in agricultural productivity

Investing in agricultural productivity
Farmers often struggle to obtain the loans they need to buy essential materials. To help solve this we've come up with several financing solutions that use crop or commodities as collateral as opposed to the usual fixed assets. 

How we're helping farmers in Zambia


Supporting small businessesSupporting small businesses
With our help and investment, small African businesses such as Lobelia Farms in Kenya, have been able to grow through trade with the developed world.

How we're supporting small businesses

What’s next?

Our strategy

We aspire to be the world's leading international bank, across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

About our strategy

Africa day 2012

Read our press release for an insight into our plans for investment and development in the region.

Our plans in Africa

Here for good

It’s about sticking by our clients and customers, and always trying to do the right thing.

How we're Here for good

Africa is growing fast

Africa is growing fast

Africa's growth has been aided by a number of factors including favourable demographics and trade flows.


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