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Africa’s Trade in Manufactured Goods: Learning from our Manufacturing History & Developing the Future

Factory and manufacturing activity accounted for 10% of Africa’s GDP over the past decade. The […]

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The primacy of manufacturing in unlocking Africa's potential

The primacy of manufacturing in unlocking Africa’s potential

In seeking productive investment destinations, the world’s attention has shifted from the BRICS nations to Africa – which is not, of course, a single economic region, but an array of 54 hugely diverse countries. Africa is often perceived as a “last frontier”, but it offers far more than just the resources – minerals, oil and gas – ascribed to frontier economies. The continent is witnessing the rise of an immense consumer class, mostly youthful, and desirous of the same goods and services as the fully developed world.

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U.S. Summit Heralds New Relationship with African Leaders

In the recently held summit in Washington with African leaders, U.S. President Barack Obama emphasised how the relationship between America and Africa is evolving.

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Globalization is creating many new business opportunities in High Growth Market regions, however executives often struggle with overcoming the myriad challenges and barriers these markets present.

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Manufacturing starting to pick up in Africa

Manufacturing Starting to pick up in Africa

Despite many African countries starting to enjoy higher levels of economic growth in recent years, very little of this growth can be attributed to the manufacturing sector of any African country.

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The importance of SMEs in growing inclusive growth in Africa

Ghana’s diminishing digital divide

As stated in the country’s economic plan “Ghana Vision 2020”, Ghana plans to become a developed nation by the year 2020. After that it aims to achieve newly industrialised status by 2030. Key to these goals is Ghana improving its ICT infrastructure and penetration rate.

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Private equity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Brief: Nigerian bourse targets 500 IPOs, Sage Africa Expands with office in Nigeria and more …

An Investment announced by the Renault-Nissan alliance and west African conglomerate Stallion Group to jointly launch vehicle assembly in Nigeria is not something the South African government fears but welcomes, according to Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

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#LWOL: A discussion with Yunus Suleman on the impact of Africa’s Education system on our society and corporate environment

Africa Brief: Ghana plans oceanic terminal for imported LNG, Prosecutors Face big test as Ruto appears before ICC and more

In this Africa Brief: Ghana plans to build a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off its Atlantic Ocean coast to receive imported gas that would be used to produce up to 1.500MW of electricity by 2016, a senior energy official said in Nairobi yesterday. Kenya’s deputy president appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday charged with co-orchestrating a post-election bloodbath five years ago, a case that will test the sta­bility of a country seen as vital to security in East Africa. Grindrod is already consid­ering a third phase expansion of its car terminal at Maputo port in Mozambique, which is a growing competitor to Trans-net’s car facility in Durban… and more.

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FDI favouring consumer-facing industry

Africa Brief: Egypt buys less local wheat than last year, Mugabe expected to stay on, mobile data and more

Egypt has bought 3.675 million tons of wheat from local farmers so far this season and will continue to buy from them until 30 July 2013; the state news agency yesterday quoted the country’s main state wheat buyer as saying. “The total amount of local wheat supplied till now is 3.675 tons, 41000 tons less than the same period last year,” state news agency Mena quoted Mamdouh Abdel Fattah, the vice-chairperson of the General Authority for Supply Commodities, as saying.

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Morocco’s solar power story is just beginning

Africa Brief: Zambia considers external auctions of emeralds, Nigeria pipeline repairs and more…

Zambia, the third-biggest emerald producer, will decide this week if it will allow stones mined in the country to be auctioned abroad, said Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma. The government would base its decision on the success of an auction under way in the capital, Lusaka, by Gemfields’s local unit, he said in an interview yesterday at the sale.

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Uganda Budget Brief 2013: Economic and budget commentary

On 13 June 2013, the 2013-14 Budget was presented in the Ugandan Parliament. Uganda Budget Brief is a general guide summarising some of the main features of the proposed Budget, including Economic and Budget commentary, and Tax Highlights.

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Trading without borders: The key to unlocking Africa’s economic potential?

Ongoing uncertainty in the global economy has drawn more attention to economies on the African continent and their potential to provide higher returns for investors. These economies have been more resilient to change and have consistently outstripped the growth of more developed economies, but despite this, Africa hasn’t fully reaped the benefits of renewed global investor confidence in the region.

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Africa Brief: Zimbabwe tries to keep rules, manufactured goods exports, AU ban on NGOs at summit and more

Zimbabwe was trying to reach an agreement to distribute its stones directly to China, Dubai and Israel without violating rules against the sale of gems from the Marange fields. The proposal would not violate Kimberley Process rules because Zimbabwe outside of Marange was certified compliant in 2010. Zimbabwe produced 8 million carats of diamonds worth $865 million (R8 billion) last year to be the seventh-largest producer.

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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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Power to the independent providers: Investing in South Africa’s energy sector

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.

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