The emergence of African cities is the highest form of social organisation, often associated with advancing human development with cities incorporating economic, cultural and political factors. For instance Lagos in Nigeria has boomed from 300 000 inhabitants in 1960 to over 17 million today and Johannesburg is the largest city which boasts some of the richest mineral deposits the world has ever seen …
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Last week our Payment Advisory Expert Joleen Young made herself available to do a live […]
The healthcare sector in Africa can be considered a major growth opportunity for two main reasons: because of the tremendous health challenges that the continent faces, and because of the very serious deficiencies that still exist in Africa’s healthcare, compared to the rest of the world.
The rise of cities in Africa and their role in economic development is a global phenomenon. Today, over half the world’s population are urban dwellers, generating, in some cases, up to 80% of a country’s national production and income. By 2025 cities will house over 4 billion consumers…
A coup d’état (coup) is defined by the Cambridge English as a “sudden defeat of […]
In a prolonged period of economic, political and regulatory uncertainty, long-term saving is more vital […]
Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) inflows to Africa – The Analysis A KPMG analysis of the […]
Many of the large gains in FDI inflows to Africa during the five year period […]
Barring certain exceptions, armed conflict and terrorism, policy uncertainty, macroeconomic instability and inadequate and corrupt […]
Infrastructure investment is currently a key driver behind the commendable GDP growth rates observed in […]
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 […]
Africa is home to more than one billion people, presenting a massive potential consumer market. […]
A January 2015 special edition of KPMG’s FORESIGHT publication discussed ‘10 Emerging Trends for 2015: […]
Sub-Saharan Africa is seen as a new frontier for investment and expansion and the economic […]
Assessing talent risks With the spate of payroll reductions and project postponements that have come […]
Mining for liquidity in Africa’s stock exchanges Improvements in political and macroeconomic stability, policy certainty […]
The impact of manufacturing on economic development has been widely studied. Very few countries have been able to grow and accumulate wealth without investing in their manufacturing industries, and a strong and thriving manufacturing sector usually precipitates industrialisation. The manufacturing sector is widely considered to be the ideal industry to drive Africa’s development.
There are ever increasing concerns for petroleum exploration and development prospects across Sub-Saharan Africa arising from the dramatic falls in oil and gas prices since mid-June 2014. The primary supply-side reasons are the US shale oil and gas revolution, strong production from conflict regions such as Iraq and Libya, and OPECs November 2014 statement that they would not cut production.
Recently the Carlyle Group, one of the largest global asset management firms, specialising in private equity, closed its maiden sub-Saharan Africa Fund at around US$700m – about 40% beyond its original target. This has followed the closure of a number of similar Africa funds at anywhere from US$350m to US$1bn. Private equity operating norms suggest that these funds will have to be deployed within the next couple of years – and this illustrates the direction of travel of one of the most focused streams of global investment capital.
We at KPMG and our partners at PharmAccess have combined forces in an innovative approach that facilitates investment capital for the private healthcare sector. By combining a critical evaluation and benchmarking system that assesses the quality and safety of the care provided, with rigorous business planning and a full health market scan, risk is reduced and trust is increased.
Most accounts of health and healthcare in Sub Saharan Africa are written by foreigners. This book redresses the balance. It is written by Africans who have themselves led improvements in their own countries and describes many of the features of leadership, policy and implementation which have been involved.
Nigeria, a country almost three times the size of Germany, is endowed with bountiful energy resources such as gas, coal and oil, yet the state continues to experience a chronic power shortage.
Africa’s 2013 literacy rates vary widely, from 90.7% and 87% in Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea respectively, the continent’s best rates, to 21.8% 25.7% in Burkina Faso and Chad respectively, the continent’s worst. Addressing Africa’s literacy gap therefore requires varied, country- or region-specific approaches.
The United States has committed to invest USD 33 billion in Africa -this was the message from the recent U.S. Africa Leaders’ Summit hosted by the U.S. Department of State.
Africa Brief: Global investors losing out on Africa, Harare will not rush to return to its currency and more…
Global investors are missing great opportunities by not considering Africa for investment, with opportunity costs of up to $1.5bn being faced by those not investing in emerging markets.
Competitiveness in the context of the global marketplace is an expression of the combined environmental, economic and social qualities of a country for the facilitation of economic development.
As African nations march towards more formal, regulated economies, private equity is determined to play more than just a walk-on part. But there is still much to learn about doing business in this diverse region.
In recent years there has been a marked upsurge in Burkina Faso’s gold production, fostering hopes that this very poor, landlocked West Africa nation is finally on the road to greater economic prosperity.
Botswana, a middle-income nation, has one of the fastest growing economies in the world today. It has enjoyed an excellent record of political stability since independence in 1966, a consistent focus on education investment has led to high education levels, and the country has one of sub-Saharan Africa’s highest investment grade sovereign credit ratings.
This is an exciting time to invest in Zambia. Zambia has a growing economy, young workforce and investments into infrastructure that provide a foundation for sustainable development.