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Private equity investment into Africa, and fund managers’ ability to raise capital for funds dedicated to the continent, are both trending strongly upward.
In absentia healthcare has been around for a long time, utilising methods such as smoke signals, the post and two-way radio, but with the help of telephony (in particular mobile telephony), the internet and other IT technology such as satellites the possibilities for medical professionals and healthcare staff to communicate with one another and with patients at great distances…
Africa is home to more than one billion people, presenting a massive potential consumer market. Moreover, population growth remains rapid, so much so that the UN forecasts the continent’s population will surpass the 1.5 billion mark by 2030 and the two billion mark 15 years later.
The Nigerian agriculture minister, Akinwumi Adesina, once stated that “potential is important, but nobody eats potential”, thereby summarising one of Africa’s key problems – unlocking its agricultural potential to allow the continent’s growing population to fully benefit from the available resources. KPMG’s paper aims to provide a glimpse of Africa’s agricultural sector – where it stands, how it got there and what should be changed in order to move forward, knowing that potential alone is not enough to feed a growing population.
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.
Accurate short term prediction of iron ore pricing is said to more an art than a science, yet many financial institutions and mining companies are making decision on projects with 10 year development time and 30 year life with this price volatility front of mind.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …