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Political risk versus passport strength






Sovereign states are less welcoming to visitors from countries with a higher political risk climate:

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Private Equity Annual Review (2015)- Financier Worldwide






What trends have you seen in Private Equity deal-making in South Africa over the last […]

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Top 10 Considerations for Private Equity Firms






Historically, private equity has been less regulated than other parts of the investment world. However, […]

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Venture Capital and Private Equity Industry Performance Survey of South Africa covering the 2014 calendar year

Venture Capital and Private Equity Industry Performance Survey of South Africa






The total of third party funds raised in 2014 decreased from R30.9 billion reported during […]

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Venture Capital and Private Equity Industry Performance Survey of South Africa covering the 2014 calendar year

Is issuing debt instruments a viable option for African governments?






Africa’s risks are mainly perceived and not real. Unfortunately for us in Africa we are not […]

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Introduction to Private Equity






The term ‘private equity’ refers to shareholder capital invested in private companies, as distinguished from […]

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KPMG and EAVCA Private Equity Survey – 2007 to 2014






The 2015 KPMG Kenya (‘KPMG’) and the East Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association […]

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Private Equity disposals on the rise in Africa which means more opportunity for growth and investment






During 2014, the Private Equity firms played a vital role in the development of African […]

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The role of stock exchanges in growing the African financial markets






Robbie Cheadle, Associate Director, Deal Advisory “STOCK EXCHANGES PLAY A VITAL AND VARIED ROLE IN […]

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Working with Private Equity Portfolio Companies






Globally, private equity remains an attractive asset class, outperforming public markets over medium to long-term […]

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Consumer demand will drive the next wave of African PE investments






Though Africa has been described as the last frontier market for natural and mineral resources, […]

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Foreign Direct Investment in Africa






The rest of the world is taking note of the fact that African countries are […]

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Illiquidity greatest obstacle for African exchanges






Robbie Cheadle, Associate Director, Deal Advisory and Capital Markets speaks to The New Economy on how […]

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How will Africans shape the future development path of the region and the world?











When I meet young, educated Africans who’ve graduated from overseas universities I’m struck by their excitement for Africa. They have a vision for their countries of origin, and a passion to return to, and invest in, their homelands. This new enthusiasm, and desire for engagement, is a sign of incredible optimism and hope. There are many other signs of hope.

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Raw materials could unlock Zambian development

Powering Growth: How can African economies overcome the paradox of resource rich and access poor?











Africa is blessed with a young and growing population, abundant resources, and large tracts of arable land, but it has many challenges. The main challenge is to leverage Africa’s natural endowments to grow the economy in a way that improves efficiency and creates employment and growth opportunities for the poor.

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South Africa, Morocco & Mauritius top PE countries in Africa

South Africa, Morocco & Mauritius top PE countries in Africa











South Africa was the most active market for PE investment on the continent in H1 2012 with South African targets attracting $547m over the period.

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What are the funds changing the face of private equity in Africa?

What are the funds changing the face of private equity in Africa?











Among the most important private equity players are public companies, which often base their investment decisions on considerations other than pure profit

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Nigeria-Ghana trade connection to increase

Nigeria and Ghana trade connection to increase











The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), in conjunction with with other private sector participants, is helping to strengthen trading ties between the two West African nations of Ghana and Nigeria.

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Africa Geographic tourism hotspots and trends

Africa Geographic tourism hotspots and trends











The results of an online Africa Geographic Travel Survey released last month show that tourists are squarely in favour of the south and east of the continent.

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The dividends of empowering Africa's female workforce

Gender-driven Growth: Women and their role in economic growth and development











African women face major burdens. According to an ILO report sub-Saharan African has the world’s highest proportion (40%) of women who are just contributing family workers and are only supportive of the primary income earner.

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Zambia has its eye on being a role player in Africa’s transformation

Jumpstarting Nigeria’s agricultural sector growth











Nigeria’s economic growth rate remains impressively high as it surpasses South Africa as the largest economy on the continent. However, sustaining that growth rate is a major challenge for the Nigerian government, which is increasingly faced with the consequences of long periods of uneven economic development.

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High Growth Markets magazine – Unleashing Africa’s potential

Banks Advised against High Cost-to-Income Ratios











Nigerian banks have been advised to always guard against high cost-to-income ratios. The Partner, Management Consulting, KPMG, United Kingdom, Mr. Adrian Harkin, gave the advice in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of a seminar on cost optimisation that was recently organised by the professional services firm in Lagos,

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

The Elephant of Africa – Côte d’Ivoire is open for business











South African is not the only country in Africa with a tangible National Development Plan. Côte d’Ivoire, ranked 167th by the World Bank, articulated its economic strategy in 2012. The country aims to become a significant player in the emerging markets by 2020. To this end, it has developed a strong-minded foreign policy, which has helped its position as a leading economic power in West Africa region.

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South Africa, Morocco & Mauritius top PE countries in Africa

Necessity: The Mother of Invention











Necessity: The Mother of Invention is a recent KPMG report featuring over 15 case studies from successful low-cost systems. Not only do the findings offer value to developing countries’ healthcare systems but many of the approaches explored could also be adapted by higher income countries struggling to manage rising costs of care.

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Tunisia

Transacting in Africa – Exporting to Tunisia











With its 2011 Arab Spring involvement done and dusted, and the global recession lessening its grip on economies, Tunisia’s imports are once again on the rise. The economic forecast however is not for plain sailing; the country’s newly elected government faces immediate challenges in terms of stabilising the economy.

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Venture Capital and Private Equity Industry Performance Survey of South Africa covering the 2014 calendar year

Private Equity in Africa: A Private Passion











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.

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

Economic prospects of Côte d’Ivoire











Côte d’Ivoire is the largest and historically most diversified economy in the franc zone. Years of domestic conflict damaged the country’s economy and reputation, but the strong-minded foreign policy Côte d’Ivoire launched in late 2011 has helped it to quickly restore its rank as a leading economic power in West Africa.

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Youths and women key to upping Africa’s literacy rate

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, Tanzania ready to give grants of $100,000 to $1 million











A new round of funding for agribusinesses is up for grabs and Tanzanian businesses stand a chance of benefiting should they apply. The fund is known as Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) of the agribusiness and rural financing funding window.

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Private equity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: The Giant of Africa











Africa’s most populous country and second-largest economy is desperately trying to shed the image of corruption that has so tainted its reputation in recent years. While unemployment and poverty remain a big challenge, such concerns muddy the picture of a nation with immense potential.

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Africa Brief

Zambia’s tourism prospects











Zambia has some world-class attractions, most notably the remarkable Victoria Falls and the diverse wildlife. However, in spite of an encouraging upsurge in visitors in 2013 as a result of the city of Livingstone hosting the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly, the country is overall underperforming on the tourism front, both in terms of regional standards and its own potential.

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