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There is an increasing interest in Africa as a potential investment destination due to the fact that the developed markets are not expected to grow as they have done previously. In addition, Africa is seen to be becoming more politically mature and easier to access and this, together with its growing population and rise in consumption, is adding to its attractiveness for foreign investors
Foreign investors are keenly pursuing opportunities in the small East African nation of Uganda in the fields of mining and agro-processing.
When it comes to telecommunications, Africa is a continent of great opportunity. With at least 500 million potential mobile subscribers, it presents a massive consumer market when compared with the slowdown in subscriber growth in the rest of the world. With only a 55% penetration mobile penetration rate across 22 African markets, due to factors such as cost, interest by foreign investors in this market continues to grow at a steady pace.
With promising economic prospects and major opportunities in the telecommunications, agricultural, tourism, finance and manufacturing sectors, Malawi is an investment destination of note. The government encourages both domestic and foreign investment in most sectors of the economy without restrictions on ownership, size of investment, source of funds, or the destination of the final product.
Africa’s economies have been expanding robustly as new discoveries of coal, oil and gas look set to create substantial business opportunities and transform the continent’s economies. The continent not only is a major producer of diamonds, nickel and uranium, but also holds 40% of the world’s gold, 60% of cobalt and 90% of its platinum reserves. Africa’s growth, however, results from more than a resource boom, having been supported (amongst other factors) by external trends such as its’ increased access to international capital and ability to forge economic partnerships with foreign investors.
At the end of June 2013, the Zambian Government issued Statutory Instrument 55 of the Bank of Zambia (Monitoring of Balance of Payments) Regulations, 2013. The new SI 55 came into effect on the 1st of July 2013. The regulations are applicable to a number of parties including financial service providers licensed under the Banking and Financial services act, any importer of goods or services exceeding US$20 000, foreign investors and local investors who invest outside Zambia, to name a few.
“Is it possible to do business in Africa without having to cross moral boundaries?” This question is encouraging as an indication that moral considerations increasingly form part of strategic business decisions. The concern with ethical business is no doubt inspired by stringent and more diligently enforced legislation on corruption. The unfortunate consequences of corporate participation in corruption has been evident in the case of Siemens, for instance, who agreed to pay $1.34 billion in fines for bribery in December of 2008.
The English philosopher Francis Bacon once claimed “opportunity makes the thief”. The implication is that people are not born thieves, but thieves are created in the moment, in situations where opportunities for thievery exist. A second and more unsettling implication is that anyone is potentially a thief. Criminologists working from the opportunity hypothesis also propose that crime is the result of a rational choice in which costs and benefits are weighed up.