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Rwanda

Invest Africa: Rwanda






In this edition of Invest Africa the focus is on the opportunities and challenges that continue to plague the East African country of Rwanda as it tries to rebuild its image with the global economy.

There has been an increased interest in Rwanda as an investment destination – the country is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Its GDP growth is mainly due to an improved harvest, rising exports and increased credit extensions. Overall, the country is expected to maintain a very positive growth rate.

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regional integration

Invest Africa: Regional Integration and Cooperation











In this edition of Invest Africa, the panel delves into the topic of regional integration and cooperation in Africa. The edition presents insight into the opportunity and challenges that exist when investing in the continent.

Inefficient cross-border procedures are costing Southern Africa US$48-million per year, according to the African Development Bank. Barriers are dampening trade between African countries as well as between Africa and the rest of the world. Regional integration is the only way to make Africa viable.

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Nigeria

Invest Africa: Nigeria











Nigeria is the most populous country on the African continent with approximately 150-million people and is the 32nd largest country with the 41st largest economy in the world.

According to the World Bank, Nigeria is classified as a mixed economy, emerging market. Nigeria has reached middle income status, with well developed financial, legal and transport sectors. Nigeria boasts the second largest Stock Exchange in Africa and enjoys an annual economic growth of 7%.

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Regulation

Invest Africa: Regulation











A supportive regulatory framework is essential in ensuring that business in Africa can be done with ease. According to recent World Bank report there are 10 areas of business regulation that determine the ease of doing business in a country.

Key areas include: Establishing a business, resolving insolvencies, cross border trading and access to electricity.

South Africa, Rwanda and Mauritius are the top ranking countries in Africa to do business in based on their regulatory frameworks, while countries like Angola, Chad and Congo are still playing catch-up in establishing business friendly environments.

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Kenya

Invest Africa: Kenya











In this edition of Invest Africa, the focus is on the East African country of Kenya. The panel identifies key challenges and opportunities when it comes to investing in the country.

Kenya is regarded a regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa and many large corporations have the Africa headquarters in Nairobi. Continued economic and political transformations are essential in order for Kenya to maintain this status. Kenya boasts advanced markets and high market adoption rates. Technological advances are significant — fast adoption of applications. Increased interaction with customers and stakeholders through social media — revolution on its own, social media cannot be ignored.

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Ethiopia

Invest Africa: Ethiopia











With a population of close to 82-million, Ethiopia is the second most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa and the most populous land-locked country in the world.

Its capital, Addis Ababa, serves as the headquarters for both the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Ethiopia has faced numerous hardships throughout its history. The country has experienced periodic droughts and famines that led to a long civil conflict with Eritrea. Ethiopia is one of Africa’s poorest states with almost two thirds of its people illiterate.

The country is, however, regarded as one of the fastest growing non-oil economies in Africa and is expected to be one of the world’s fastest growing economies by 2012.

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Invest Africa: Infrastructure











In a world that is looking for alternative investment destinations, Africa is seen as the next investment and growth frontier. In order for the continent to secure its place in the global economy, properly developed infrastructure – that can support business development across the continent – needs to be established.

Africa is well positioned as an emerging market and is a wealth of opportunity for investment and growth. The world is eager to do business with Africa, however finds it difficult to access the African market especially in the interior, primarily due to poor infrastructure.

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WEF

Invest Africa: The World Economic Forum











The 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF) took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia themed ‘Shaping Africa’s Transformation’.

The Forum hosted over 700 delegates from around the world who discussed the world who discussed and debated some of the issues required to drive Africa’s growth agenda.

It highlighted the fact that there are huge opportunities for great investment returns in Africa and there was a specific focus on integrating and expanding Africa’s capital markets.

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Investing in Kenya

Kenya: Investment opportunities and challenges











This week on Invest Africa, we travel to Kenya, dubbed East Africa’s power house, to explore its growth potential and other pressing challenges the country is facing. Kenya is regarded a regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, and many large corporations have their Africa headquarters in Nairobi. Continued economic and political transformations are essential in order for Kenya to maintain this status. Kenya boasts advanced markets and high market adoption rates. Technological advances are significant due to the country’s fast adoption of applications.

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Developing Africa’s infrastructure











In a world that is looking for alternative investment destinations, Africa is well-positioned as an emerging market and represents a wealth of opportunity for investment and growth. The world is eager to do business in Africa. However, in order for the continent to secure its place in the global economy, properly developed infrastructure that can support business development across the continent, needs to be established first. Infrastructure challenges are a deterrent to investment.

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Ethiopia- Investment opportunities and challenges

Ethiopia: Investment opportunities and challenges











This week we travel to to the horn of Africa for a closer look at the investment opportunities and challenges in the East African nation of Ethiopia. With a population of close to 82-million, Ethiopia is the second most populous country in sub-Saharan Africa and the most populous land-locked country in the world.

Its capital, Addis Ababa, serves as the headquarters for both the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Ethiopia has faced numerous hardships throughout its history.

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World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum 2012











The 22nd World Economic Forum (WEF) took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia themed ‘Shaping Africa’s Transformation’. The Forum hosted over 700 delegates from around the world who discussed and debated some of the issues required to drive Africa’s growth agenda.

With the ongoing financial turmoil in traditional investment markets such as the United States and Europe, investment and expansion into Africa was at the top of the forum’s agenda. The forum highlighted the fact that there are huge opportunities for great investment returns in Africa and there was a specific focus on integrating and expanding Africa’s capital markets.

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CNBC Africa, in partnership with KPMG, launches Invest Africa

CNBC Africa, in partnership with KPMG, launches Invest Africa











KPMG is committed to Africa – and to continuing to work with our clients in realising the many business opportunities that the continent presents. Realisation of the many significant investment opportunities across Africa and what is required to achieve these continues to spread rapidly; as was emphasised again in various discussions at the recent World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa.

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