Despite a challenging economic environment, Who Owns Whom had a successful 2017. - 21 local and international corporations became new Who Owns Whom clients. - WOWEB introduced more than 30 new features based on customer requests.
While the subject of black ownership of the JSE has been addressed in research conducted by the JSE, NEF, National Treasury and the Financial Sector Charter Council, no research, to our knowledge, has been undertaken on black ownership of private companies. In an effort to address this issue, WOW economist, Jeremy Dobbin, mined the 8,800+ BEE certificates on private companies gathered by WOW researchers for the WOWEB platform over the last five years.
In the fight against money laundering and terrorist funding, the intention of the FIC’s recently released Guidance Note 7 is to support accountable institutions and supervisory bodies in the implementation of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (Act No. 38 of 2001) (the FIC Act).
We have recently included the market capitalisation of the 19 African stock exchanges under the Exchanges menu and it is interesting that while the Nigerian economy is 37 times larger than Namibia’s the Windhoek exchange has twice the market cap of that of Lagos. The country menu will shortly include African country peer analysis under the ‘Africa Inc’ brand. The Moroccan numbers are interesting coming in third in exchange market cap and fifth on GDP as its economy is largely agricultural based although government industrial policies have attracted Peugeot/Citroen and Renault to invest in manufacturing plants there.