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Angola has delayed plans for the start of stock-exchange trading by a year to 2016, with a futures and commodities market in Africa’s second-biggest oil producer set to open a year later. Angola expects its stock exchange to have a market value of 10% of gross domestic product within 18 months of its startup, he said. Angola’s largest banks, which include Banco Angolano de Investimentos and Banco de Poupanca e Credito, as well as cellphone companies Unitel and Movicel Telecomunicacoes, are expected to list on the exchange.
While the world may have seen tougher economic times, it can be said that the South African economy was not previously as connected and global in impact as now. The South African economy is primarily resource-driven and there is a marked impact when the energy and natural resources (ENR) sector does not perform well.
The future of mining in Africa depends on the short to medium-term outlook of all commodity prices and government tax reform initiatives. These factors will determine whether gold and coal miners succeed in countries like Ghana and Mozambique, and can seriously affect the future growth of the industry.
By 2030 Africa will have 760 million urban residents. By 2050 the figure is expected to grow to 1.2 billion. This rapid migration has intensified the need to develop Africa’s megacities, and infrastructure has become one of the key strategic priorities amongst senior leaders throughout Africa.
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’.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Given South Africa’s heavy reliance on energy-intensive industries such as mining and manufacturing, it should come as no surprise that the country now boasts Africa’s most comprehensive and transparent energy policy. Ensuring a secure source of power is central to the country’s growth. South Africa currently uses some 40 percent of the total electricity consumed on the continent and outside of a few peak periods where power is imported from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – the country is largely self-sufficient in power generation. With steadily climbing economic and demographic growth rates, it is clear that the country will require continuous capacity increases to keep pace with projected growth.
Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) said yesterday it had delivered strong results for the six months to February, largely due to renewable energy project work and increased spending on electrical infrastructure in Africa. CIG — through its main subsidiary Consolidated Power Projects (Conco) — is the largest turnkey developer and installer of high-voltage electrical substations and overhead cables in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Gamsu said Conco had performed well over the past six months, securing a healthy 17% increase in its order book to R2.1bn from R1.8bn.
This episode of the Africa Conversation Series focuses on executing strategies across the African continent. Recorded live at the KPMG Africa Partners Conference.
“Been there – done that” highlights discussions with organisations who have expanded into Africa and their experiences in executing their strategies across the continent.
This edition of Invest Africa takes an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities associated with the state of power across the continent. Rolling black-outs and unreliable energy supply are some the issues facing the sector right now.
Unreliable energy supply is one of the biggest challenges facing the African continent. A well-developed energy sector drives most other economic sectors within a country and is an essential tool in boosting investor confidence. Fast-growing industrialisation and a booming population are driving up the demand for electrification.
South Africa remains the most targeted country for investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The value of merger and acquisition investments in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 18% in 2012, even though globally mergers and acquisitions deals decreased by 7%.
Majority of the M & A were in the materials, energy and power sectors. The Royal Bank of Canada and Golddman Sachs made the two largest investments. South Africa was the most active nation in the equity capital markets in 2012.
Many JSE companies are seeing Africa as the new frontier and an important source of long-term growth, especially those companies doing business in mature markets. The International Monetary Fund forecast the region to grow at 5.5% both this year and next. By comparison, South Africa’s economic growth rate is forecast at just 2.7%.
In this episode of the Africa Conversation Series, the panel of industry experts discuss the challenges that infrastructure poses of the progression and economic growth of Africa. The constraints to growth posed by inadequate infrastructure – whether it be road, rail, power, or ICT – is all too familiar. There is persistant talk of need to be physically building Africa. In this episode we hear a discussion on the pace of transformation and the strides that have been take in the area of infrastructure in Africa.