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Key findings from the 2014 Africa CFO Survey

Why Africa is the new hotbed for private equity






Private equity investment into Africa, and fund managers’ ability to raise capital for funds dedicated to the continent, are both trending strongly upward.

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ClinicCommunicator to be taken beyond Uganda’s borders

Healthcare in Africa needs rapid transformation











These are exciting times for healthcare. Emerging economies around the world are focussed on innovation and developing new business models for this sector, with governments in Africa working towards a Universal Health Coverage for their populations.

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Chile, Atacama Region, four men at Chuquicamata Copper Refinery

Mining Copper in Africa











In February 2013, KPMG in Chile published the Quarterly Commodity Insights Bulletin, focusing on Copper. With overall copper demand expected to increase 3.6% in 2013 and 4.3% in 2014, the following are some of the insights gleaned from the Bulletin… World copper mine production increased 2% year-on-year to 16.60Mt in 2012. Production from Chile, the world’s largest copper producer, increased 4% year-on-year to 5.48Mt, after a lower mine production in 2011 due to a series of labour disputes, extreme weather, and declining ore grades.

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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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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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Africa: reducing trade barriers and growing the economy











One challenge is the lack of a coherent regional approach to managing and harnessing partnership agreements and reducing inter-Africa trade barriers, which could improve the competitiveness of the countries within Africa and drive foreign direct investment …

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