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Africa, your engine of growth






What does the 4th Industrial revolution mean for African businesses? Technology is core to the […]

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Africa: Safeguarding her democratic dividend






Decolonisation in Africa began in 1957 and gained great momentum during the 1960s, as newly […]

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Then and Now: Reimagining the Future of Africa






On this special WEF Africa edition of Invest Africa, Dapo Okubadejo, Partner and Head, Deal […]

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WEF Africa Highlights: Understanding the Formal and Informal Sector






How do we incorporate the informal economy into the formal? KPMG’s Global Chairman, John Veihmeyer […]

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Alleviating youth unemployment by addressing the African informal sector






KPMG Global Chairman joined Head of Oxfam Winnie Byanyima, Vice President of Ghana, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, […]

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Nine mega-trends shaping the future of Africa






By Seyi Bickersteth, Chairman, KPMG Africa and National Senior Partner of the Nigerian Practice The reality […]

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WEF Africa 2014 in Nigeria expected to serve as a showcase for Nigerian economic potential

WEF Africa 2014 in Nigeria expected to serve as a showcase for Nigerian economic potential











The 24th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa is to be held in Abuja, Nigeria, on 7 – 9 May 2014. Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s second-largest economy and the continent’s most populous nation, with over 160 million inhabitants, is a fitting host for this year’s conference.

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WEF Abuja will highlight that sustainable investment is key to Africa’s economic ascendancy

2014 World Economic Forum on Africa – an overview











Nigeria is set to host the 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Abuja on 7 – 9 May. This will be the 24th such gathering. Described as the foremost gathering on the continent, this gathering of the World Economic Forum on Africa will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss “innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s growth while creating jobs and prosperity for all its citizens”.

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Impact of Credit Valuation Adjustment (CVA) for SA Corporates

Africa is on the road to meaningful economic growth











In May 2013, South Africa played host to the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa (WEF Africa). The theme of the conference was “Delivering on Africa’s Promise”. The conference saw key players and investors from all over the world convene to discuss a sustainable path of growth and development for the continent. The summit sought to address three key themes, Accelerating Economic Diversification, Boosting Strategic Infrastructure and Unlocking Africa’s Talent.

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WEF Abuja will highlight that sustainable investment is key to Africa’s economic ascendancy

The rubber must hit the road for Africa’s infrastructure











There are reams of impressive studies that quantify Africa’s infrastructure needs, and the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) highlights 50 priority projects for the region, many of which enjoy strong political backing …

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Africa increasingly dominating investment attention











Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Africa is on a path of continuous growth according to the Africa Emergence: Rise of the Phoenix report. Growth in the region, to date, has been referred to as only the “tip of the proverbial iceberg”. Our own Yunus Suleman added that the continent has much more to offer, and that Africa is set to hold its title as one of the largest FDI destinations and one of the fastest-growing economies.

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Africa’s challenges and promise











The World Bank’s Vice President, Makhtar Diop, has called for faster progress in areas such as electricity and food in the vulnerable areas of The Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and says that significantly more energy and agricultural productivity are needed to raise the quality of life …

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The issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects











Continuing from Africa economic prospects: Where to from here, we explore the insights of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook 2013 and the World Bank’s analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects …

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African economic prospects: Where to from here?











The IMF’s World Economic Outlook 2013 and the World Bank’s latest “Africa’s Pulse” (a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects) provide the following insights on African economic performance and the outlook for 2014 …

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BRICS Bank: Africa must rise to the occasion











During the BRICS Summit held in Durban, South Africa, in March this year, BRICS leaders reached a consensus regarding the formation of the BRICS development bank. The bank is expected to “mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable development project in BRICS and other emerging economies, and development countries.”

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The crux of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2013











Following on from Rapelang Rabana and Anne Githuku-Shongwe, fellow panelist Aminata Niang represents an agricultural concern that is far from traditional, but should come as no surprise by now. Tambaroua Business Farming in Mali is a trendsetting company, primarily focused on agribusiness, that specialises in ‘precision farming’.

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Infrastructure in Africa











The centralisation of policy decisions in most African countries adds to this, leaving local municipalities out of the loop despite the impact of mega-infrastructure in their area. More comprehensive national development plans will be needed to ensure that the people on the ground enjoy the benefits of economic growth as they were envisaged in the AMV. Boylan suggests tying small business investment to PPP development to promote projects and encourage local participation.

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Facing Africa’s future











At the end of two days of wide-ranging analysis of various issues facing Africa today, delegates of the World Economic Forum will gather for a final session aptly titled “Facing Africa’s Future”. In the course of chairing the discussion amongst a diverse panel of contributors, Chairman Eric Kacou (co-founder of Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners in the USA) will seek to crystallize the way forward for Africa – at least as far as it has been articulated at the Forum.

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Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) – critical to harnessing private investment











The infrastructure deficit is often noted as having a massive impact on the continent’s development and growth, with infrastructure highlighted as a key area requiring investment. The 23rd World Economic Forum has a central theme of Delivering on Africa’s Promise, and has infrastructure as a dominant and recurring topic for discussion.

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Resource corridors, infrastructure development and private investment











Based on the principles of the Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) conceived by the South African government in 1995, resource corridors in Africa are areas in which opportunities (mainly resource-based anchor projects and associated infrastructure) have been identified that can be realised through investments to achieve sustainable development, particularly development brought in other sectors through access to the resource infrastructure.

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Achieving agricultural transformation











Agricultural transformation is about individual farms shifting from highly diversified, subsistence-oriented production towards more specialised, market-oriented production. This involves a greater reliance on input and output delivery systems and increased integration of agriculture with other sectors of the economy.

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Leveraging resources for infrastructure development in Africa











There is no question that poor infrastructure development is one of the greatest inhibiting factors for economic and social development across Africa, or that the continent’s rich natural resources are its best leverage for turning this situation around …

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The new vision for agriculture











The New Vision represents a major paradigm shift in the way agriculture is viewed, from seeing it in philanthropic terms to approaching it as a market investment. Seen in this way, actors in the food system are required to collaborate to develop new solutions and leverage investments …

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Agriculture in Africa: Achieving 20/20/20 vision











Founded on the principle that agriculture is central to sustainable development, the New Vision for Agriculture was launched in 2011 as a benchmark for agricultural transformation in developing countries worldwide …

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Innovative business models for sustainable energy access in Africa











REACT – the Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies – calls for innovative business models to bring sustainable technologies to rural consumers in response to the following challenges …

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The REACT experience: Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies











The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund has challenged private businesses to do just that. Its Renewable Energy and Adaptation to Climate Change Technologies (REACT) funding window calls for businesses to propose and test out innovative models …

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Economic Outlook: Africa











Over the past quarter, we have downwardly revised our forecast for the real GDP expansion of sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, 2014 and 2015. But to be clear, the overall trend is still positive, with real GDP growth increasing every year up to 2015, after which we expect the growth figure to remain at the same level in 2016.

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Economic Outlook: Global











As of April 2013, the global economic growth outlook seemed to have shown some improvement, however, the current bullishness in global stock markets has not come as a result of confidence in economic fundamentals, but rather the effects of major central banks using their domestic portfolio balance channels to reflate risky assets.

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KPMG Barometer reports continuous decrease of fraud risk











According to the Fraud Risk Barometer, the occurrence of reported fraud has decreased from 503 in the first half of 2012 to 348 cases in the second half of 2012. It is the third consecutive period where a decrease in reported fraud and corruption …

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Investing in Africa: Part Two











Investment in Africa, and developing the perception of Africa as a promising investment destination, is key to the continued growth, development and success of the region …

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