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KPMG to lead the energy conversation at the 2017 African Utility Week






KPMG’s commitment to create agile utilities in the energy sector across Sub-Saharan Africa, has motivated […]

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West Africa’s 3 up-and-coming investment cities

Accounting Considerations for Independent Power Producers and their Investors






The South African energy industry is being transformed by the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Independent […]

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Funding Infrastructure Development in Africa: The story so far






Infrastructure development is the greatest challenge for Africa in the 21st century. Africa is set […]

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Electricity in Africa: Quantity and Quality






Infrastructure investment is currently a key driver behind the commendable GDP growth rates observed in […]

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South Africa: Big Investments, Big Transformation






By all accounts, South Africa’s plan to procure more than 7,200 new rolling stock sets […]

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Manufacturing starting to pick up in Africa

Effect of insufficient infrastructure on the African economy






The Infrastructure Consortium of Africa (ICA) believes that 40 billion potential work hours are lost […]

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Rail sector in Africa

Developing the Rail Sector in Africa, how ready are we?






From success stories around the world and other developing Nations, the rail sector or rail […]

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Africa Brief

Emerging trends that will change the world of Infrastructure – The African Context






A January 2015 special edition of KPMG’s FORESIGHT publication discussed ‘10 Emerging Trends for 2015: […]

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West Africa’s 3 up-and-coming investment cities

Bridging the energy gap in Africa… Resources are high, utilisation is low






Sub-Saharan Africa is seen as a new frontier for investment and expansion and the economic […]

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Ghana aims to become West Africa’s power transmission hub

Power Sector slows down Africa’s Growth






There is no doubt that the African continent is growing but the snail-speed development in […]

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West Africa’s 3 up-and-coming investment cities

Power [electricity] in Africa: current state of Africa’s Power sector






Africa’s largest economies produce significantly more energy than other African peers. Also, the oil-producing nations […]

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Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa

What significant non-mining infrastructure projects are underway in Africa?






A well-worn argument postulates that infrastructure spending in Africa is focussed on resources due to […]

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Manufacturing in Africa











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.

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The primacy of manufacturing in unlocking Africa's potential

The primacy of manufacturing in unlocking Africa’s potential











In seeking productive investment destinations, the world’s attention has shifted from the BRICS nations to Africa – which is not, of course, a single economic region, but an array of 54 hugely diverse countries. Africa is often perceived as a “last frontier”, but it offers far more than just the resources – minerals, oil and gas – ascribed to frontier economies. The continent is witnessing the rise of an immense consumer class, mostly youthful, and desirous of the same goods and services as the fully developed world.

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The dividends of empowering Africa's female workforce

The dividends of empowering Africa’s female workforce











According to an International Labour Organisation (ILO) report sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest proportion (40%) of women who are just contributing family workers and are only supportive of the primary income earner. Only 15% of sub-Saharan African women are salaried (in developed countries it’s around 90%), and for most a job is not about building a career but about survival. In spite of the fact that women play such a key role in the home, and economy, they are not properly recognised and rewarded for their contribution.

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Infrastructure development is Africa’s most pressing challenge

Infrastructure development is Africa’s most pressing challenge











Africa’s infrastructure deficit is seriously hampering its economic development. A recent World Bank study shows that Africa’s poor infrastructure system reduces national economic growth by as much as 2% annually. Furthermore it diminishes business productivity by as much as 40%, making Africa the least productive continent in the world. The importance of improving national and cross-boundary infrastructure can therefore not be overstated. In fact, bettering infrastructure is arguably the single greatest challenge for Africa in the twenty-first century.

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No-till agriculture and drought-resistant crops critical to Africa’s prosperity

No-till agriculture and drought-resistant crops critical to Africa’s prosperity











Africa is the poorest continent in the world, yet it is one of the richest in terms of its natural resources. Its vast arable lands, excellent fishing grounds, and abundant fresh water supply (in certain regions at least) offer vast potential. Not only is Africa capable of feeding all of its own, it has been recognised as a potential world bread basket.

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Ghana aims to become West Africa’s power transmission hub

2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Power Outlook











It is our pleasure to introduce to you the 2nd edition of the Sub-Saharan Africa Power Outlook, which has been prepared by our Infrastructure & Major Projects Group. The high growth of Sub-Saharan countries and the current developments in the power sector provide a broad range of new topics since the first edition of this report was launched in 2011.

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Kigali climbing the ranks of Africa’s most liveable cities

Kigali climbing the ranks of Africa’s most liveable cities











Rwanda is steadily shedding its association with genocide and replacing it with one of progress, stability and liveability. Its capital city is at the heart of this transformation. What makes Kigali rank among the continent’s most liveable cities? We consider some of the top reasons for the city’s growing acclaim …

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5 steps for closing the “expectation gap” around Africa’s resources

West Africa receives $19bn in infrastructure development











Eight West African nations – namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Togo – are set to benefit from a $19 billion investment to tackle their infrastructure deficits. The investment is the result of a partnership between the West African Development Bank (BOAD), the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), and Global Finance and Capital Ltd (GFCL).

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Infrastructure Projects in the Zambezi Region

Infrastructure Projects in the Zambezi Region











The Zambezi River Basin (ZRB), consisting of Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, is integral to the lives and basic needs of the 30 million people with access to it. The riparian economies that the ZRB facilitates have consistently enjoyed economic growth above 6% year on year, though in the past 30 years, little investment has been made into the ZRB itself in the past 30 years.

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Africa’s top 5 education priorities

Africa’s top 5 education priorities











Education in Africa faces numerous obstacles, from a scarcity of schools and supplies to untrained teachers and children too hungry to concentrate. Below we identify the top 5 requirements for Africa to propel its education, and consequently its socioeconomic growth, into the next phase of development.

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Singapore seeks stronger trading ties with Africa











Singapore sees profitable trade opportunities and project partners in the area and that are ready and eager to establish more links with Africa.

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Africa Urged to Follow Kenya’s Example

Africa Urged to Follow Kenya’s Example











The recently released Africa Progress Report 2014 divulged that Kenya is now the third biggest economy in Africa, after Nigeria and South Africa.

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The Power of Collaboration- 5 steps for closing the “expectation gap” around Africa’s resources

The Power of Collaboration – 5 steps for closing the “expectation gap” around Africa’s resources











Resource-based industries are not entirely about resources. They are, very largely, about people, and how effectively people from all sectors work together. In this article I will outline why collaboration is vital to growing our African resource industries.

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Africa Brief

Africa needs dynamic Industrial Policies











The 2014 Economic Report on Africa, released by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Union (AU) highlighted the fact that Africa needs to radically change its policy towards industrialization.

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WEF: Inclusive growth possible in Africa despite high inequalities, says AfDB











In spite of the high inequalities existing between countries in Africa, inclusive growth was still possible with cooperation and integration of trade, the Chief Economist, African Development Bank, AfDB, Mthuli Ncube, has said. Mr. Ncube, who was speaking during one of the private meetings marking the opening of the 24the World Economic Forum

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AfDB leverages support to Zambia’s agriculture sector

AfDB leverages support to Zambia’s agriculture sector











The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is leveraging support to Zambia’s National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP: 2014-2018) with the approval of a US $31.12 million (UA 20.54 million) grant from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP), to support its agriculture value chain development project.

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Africa’s top 5 education priorities

KPMG, Group Harp on Entrepreneurial Development











The Association of International School Educators (AISEN), and KPMG, a professional services firm, have stressed the need for the inclusion of entrepreneurial studies in schools.

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Infrastructure regulation in Africa: Botswana











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.

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