“Investing in Africa” is a common phrase these days, yet, the question begs, how does one approach a continent of 54 countries with a diverse array of economic, socio-cultural, political, and environmental landscapes for investments. This section provides insight into this vast and growing continent.
|The Rise and Rise of the African Middle Class: Africa’s middle class has tripled over the last 30 years, with one in three people now considered to be living above the poverty line - but not among the wealthy. The current trajectory suggests that the African middle class will grow to 1.1 billion (42%) in 2060. As African economies are growing (7 of the 10 fastest growing in the world are African), the wealth is trickling down and Africa now has the fastest growing middle class in the world.|
|Mitigating Business Risk in Africa; Through Regional Integration: Africa is rising and it is clear for all to see. A key determinant of Africa’s sustained rising is regional integration.|
|Resource-seeker or market-seeker?: A number of factors bode well for Africa as an investment destination: increased stability, reforms in terms of investment climate, a critical mass of consumers, a growing young population and burgeoning middle class, large deposits of minerals, arable land for agriculture, and a significant infrastructure deficit.|
|Construction on the African Continent: Opportunities, Risks and Trends: With the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, Japan and other first world economies falling into recession, and many global markets consequently suffering losses, Africa’s positioning changed from risky to a lucrative and relatively safe investment destination.|
|The “New” Economies in Africa: The recent rise of regional hubs across the continent has been garnering attention as countries acknowledge that full integration within these regional hubs is key to improving the often-reported difficulties of conducting cross-border business on the continent.|
|Doing Business in Zambia | A unique flavour: Zambia has undergone an unprecedented period of robust economic growth over the past several years, a trend which appears set to continue|
|Doing Business in Zimbabwe | The jewel of Africa: Zimbabwe is presently very active in promoting the investment necessary for the rebuilding of its economy. The investment rules and regulations have presently remained largely unchanged since the Zimbabwe dollar era but there has been a significant relaxation of exchange controls.|