Africa’s retail sector remains relatively under-developed at present, with most shopping still being done at traditional shops and markets. The formalisation of retail activities – already underway – will be a key trend underlying the sector’s expansion in the coming decade. Another key challenge for retailers and white goods sellers in particular is the high […]
The total of third party funds raised in 2014 decreased from R30.9 billion reported during 2013, to R6.8 billion during 2014. The majority of reported fund raising activity during 2014 was by Independents (70.5%). In 2013 the majority of the funds was by Captives – Government (63.6%). The major fund raisers for 2014 were International […]
The overall manufacturing sector across Africa is widely considered to be the ideal industry to drive economic development in the continent, due to the labour-intensive, export focused nature of the industry. However, most African economies focus on rawcommodity exports, rather than more sophisticated products like pharmaceutical goods. The importance of a viable pharmaceutical manufacturing sector […]
Infrastructure development is the greatest challenge for Africa in the 21st century. Africa is set to spend at least US$1 trillion on all areas of infrastructure, such as transport systems, hospitals, water and waste management, etc, over the next 20 years. The continent needs to make sure that it attains and develops infrastructure in a […]
Ask any business leader what their top challenge is today and – more than likely – the answer will be cost. Ever since the first rumblings of the global financial crisis, businesses have been feverishly stripping out costs; headcount reductions have been the most typical immediate reaction to cost reductions, but organisations have also become […]
Infrastructure investment is currently a key driver behind the commendable GDP growth rates observed in numerous African countries, and investments in energy generation will hold a particularly symbolic position in these development strategies. Due to undeveloped private sectors and the political capital that is gained through providing such a perceivable service, governments have been willing […]
Intellectual Property laws does exist in Africa but how far and how well has it been implemented to ensure it plays its critical role of providing protection for businesses coming into Africa? Are the continent’s enforcement laws and archaic registration systems are ineffective? On this episode of Invest Africa, Fernando dos Santos, the Director General of […]
Africa’s risks are mainly perceived and not real. Unfortunately for us in Africa we are not really very good at telling our own story. But things are changing and people are beginning to understand that things are going very, very well.” Aliko Dangote (The 2014 World Economic Forum In Davos) We live in a world where […]
Africa’s Trade in Manufactured Goods: Learning from our Manufacturing History & Developing the Future
Factory and manufacturing activity accounted for 10% of Africa’s GDP over the past decade. The manufacturing sector is widely considered to be the ideal industry to drive Africa’s development due to the labour-intensive, export-focused nature of the business. Indeed, as pointed out by The Economist during 2014, few countries have been able to escape poverty […]
The rising middle class and the need for financial inclusion will be the key driving force in Africa’s growing financial services sector. The concentration of electronic payments continues to be in the urban/metropolitan cities. In tackling the financial inclusion objective, what specific initiatives can the regulators and players do to make the rural areas more […]
By all accounts, South Africa’s plan to procure more than 7,200 new rolling stock sets a record as the largest public metro rail procurement program in history. And with a total 20-year projected budget of around US$10 billion, it is likely the largest rail project of any kind underway in the world today. Yet while the headline numbers […]
There has been a noticeable improvement in economic growth in Africa since the turn of the century, driven by an improvement in the business environment and investment climate, and a decrease in aggregate political risk. Notwithstanding short-term downside risks, the rise of the African consumer’s wealth profile should continue to draw the attention of luxury […]
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