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Connecticut-based Banyan Investment Banking & Hedge Fund has set its sights on Africa with the establishment of its regional headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. This move comes as part of the company’s strategic expansion into the continent’s burgeoning digital financial market, following its successful operations in Cape Town.

Dr. Thana Balan, a key figure within Banyan, highlighted the firm’s commitment to leveraging Kenya’s carbon credit assets through the integration of AI technology, aimed at empowering local farmers and stakeholders economically.

In tandem with its Nairobi expansion, Banyan introduced Letscoin, a digital complementary currency aimed at fostering financial inclusion within local communities. The initiative, supported by Deutsche Bank and ABC Bank locally, is poised to revolutionize digital transactions in the region.

Simultaneously, Banyan made headlines with a substantial €1 Billion commitment to the Rubi Foundation Africa, focusing on agriculture and housing sectors across 22 African countries, particularly in Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (ASAL).

Rubi Moss William, President and Founder of Rubi Foundation Africa, emphasized the foundation’s mission to settle over 2 million people in ASAL regions while spearheading sustainable development initiatives such as irrigation and school feeding programs.

Dr. Jean Baptiste Bilala, Chairman of the Banyan Group Of Companies, underscored the fintech’s dedication to fostering economic growth and environmental stewardship within local communities, particularly within the vital tourism and hospitality sectors.

With its Nairobi expansion and transformative initiatives, Banyan Investment Banking & Hedge Fund continues to make strides in the digital finance realm, poised to make a positive impact across Africa and beyond.

By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

29th May, 2024

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