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Ghana aims to become West Africa’s power transmission hub

Nigeria: Current and Upcoming Opportunities (Pt 2)






A number of Buhari’s promises directly tackle the worst of the points made in the […]

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The long- and short-term impact of Ebola on African healthcare

African economies expecting higher growth than world average











As the leaders of today’s finance functions continue to work hard to boost their relevance and value to the business, they are shifting their focus outward to those financial management activities that contribute the most to better business decisions that improve the bottom line. Their biggest challenges lie in creating the efficiencies needed to gather and process basic financial data and continue to deliver traditional finance outputs while at the same time redeploying their limited resources to enable higher value business decision support activities.

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Mauritius pushing for 35% renewable energy by 2025

Africa’s climate challenge & clean energy potential






  The overproduction of greenhouse gases continues to impact climate change on a global scale. […]

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Nairobi to test drive Kenya Power’s smart meters project

Facts on African cities











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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The KPMG Africa Conversation Series – Episode 9 – Panellist Biographies











By 2030 Africa will have 760 million urban residents. By 2050 the figure is expected to grow to 1.2 billion. This rapid migration has intensified the need to develop Africa’s megacities, and infrastructure has become one of the key strategic priorities amongst senior leaders throughout Africa.

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KPMG Africa Conversation series: prioritising Africa’s megacities











By 2030 Africa will have 760 million urban residents. By 2050 the figure is expected to grow to 1.2 billion. This rapid migration has intensified the need to develop Africa’s megacities, and infrastructure has become one of the key strategic priorities amongst senior leaders throughout Africa.

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The history of the KPMG Africa Conversation Series











The KPMG Africa Conversation Series was launched to create a platform where we could ‘host’ panel discussions aimed at Pan African business issues. As a leading audit, tax and advisory firm, KPMG is well positioned with a broad base of expertise, to share insights drawn from business, government, and academia in order to better understand the African context.

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Looking back, the World Economic Forum 2012 on Africa: Episode Two











Modern infrastructure is the backbone of any economy. Inefficient infrastructure is an impediment to sustainable economic growth. Infrastructure development continues to be significant in Africa. It is, however, important to focus on the dual nature of infrastructure development – namely development of the people as well as physical development.

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Africa Conversation Series: Investing in Africa: “Been there – done that”











This episode of the Africa Conversation Series focuses on executing strategies across the African continent. Recorded live at the KPMG Africa Partners Conference.

“Been there – done that” highlights discussions with organisations who have expanded into Africa and their experiences in executing their strategies across the continent.

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Africa Conversation Series: Financial Services: Enabling Africa’s Growth











Africa is no longer just a curiosity, it is a big source of profit. Boasting GDP growth of more than 5% over the past decade, a population of over 800 million and a total purchasing power of 1.9 trillion US dollars. With growth of any financial services sector really intertwined with that of any economy, it’s not hard to see the appeal that this sector, and investing in it, offers. Once this investment gets made, it then triggers a vicious circle where financial services plays a critical role in unlocking Africa’s full potential.

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Africa Conversations Series: Transacting in Africa











Recorded live in Johannesburg, this episode from the Africa Conversation Series focuses on transacting in Africa. On the panel: John Geel (Head of Transactions & Restructuring, KPMG), Heloise Smith (Executive VP, Business Development, Standard Bank), Alan Field (Head of Tax & Legal, KPMG) and Habil Olaka (CEO, Kenyan Bankers Association).

Many potential investors make the ‘mistake’ of developing a generic African investment strategy. Africa has 55 independent countries with different regulatory and legislative environments. It is key to tailor an investment strategy according to the countries of potential investment.

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Africa Conversation Series: Investing in Africa











KPMG’s Africa Conversation series is dedicated to developments in Africa and the implications for the continent’s economy. The Conversations facilitate interaction and knowledge-sharing between KPMG experts, clients, and businesses operating in various economic sectors across the continent.

Topics are selected to reflect the most important and topical opportunities and challenges in Africa, and are discussed by a panel of experts in each field. Sharing our knowledge through this platform is one more way that KPMG adds value to businesses that are active in, or aiming to become active in, Africa.

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Africa Conversation Series: Africa-China trade and investment











This episode of the Africa Conversation Series, sees the panel of industry experts putting the spotlight on Africa’s growing relationship with China. What are prospects looking like moving forward, in terms of being able, to leverage off the opportunities that this relationship brings with it and at what cost? It certainly is a sensitive issue right now, following the South African governments failure to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama. With many asking whether the price we are paying for this relationship is actually worth it and whether we are managing this relationship in the best way possiple…

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Africa Conversation Series: Climate proofing Africa











World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, Shanta Devarajan, recently wrote that sub-Saharan Africa in 2011 has unprecedented opportunity for transformation, and sustained growth, and helping to ensure the right energy solutions are available to help achieve this prospect will simultaneously be good for climate protection and local development as well. Still at the threshold of a renewable energy revolution, what are some of the challenges this environment presents and what are some of the opportunities for investors? This is just some of what is discussed in this episode of the KPMG Africa Conversation Series.

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Africa Conversation Series: Infrastructure challenges in Africa











In this episode of the Africa Conversation Series, the panel of industry experts discuss the challenges that infrastructure poses of the progression and economic growth of Africa. The constraints to growth posed by inadequate infrastructure – whether it be road, rail, power, or ICT – is all too familiar. There is persistant talk of need to be physically building Africa. In this episode we hear a discussion on the pace of transformation and the strides that have been take in the area of infrastructure in Africa.

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