Africa – Investment ready

Rapid change in the last decade has turned Africa into a region ripe with opportunities for investors willing to participate in, as well as profit from, the continent’s development. Some of the fastest- growing economies in the world are now in Africa. At the same time, steadily increasing stability is reducing the risks that have long deterred investors. Multiparty democracy is now firmly established across Africa, and parts of Africa may be pulling out of the conflict trap – the vicious circle in which conflict hampers growth, and low growth breeds conflict.

A range of global and regional initiatives aimed at improving transparency and stemming corruption have benefited the natural resource sector, in particular, just as a wave of oil and gas discoveries confronts a new group of countries with the need to manage resource contracts and revenues wisely. At the same time, striking growth rates in countries that lack such resources, such as Ethiopia, are pointing the way to a more stable, more prosperous future in which growth is built on a more diversified base.

African countries need investment partners to help them confront and exploit the particular mix of challenges and opportunities they face. We examine some of those here, including the transformative force of technology, the untapped potential of agriculture, and the key role of skills in empowering young Africans to claim the 21st century as their own.

Rapid change in the last decade has turned Africa into a region ripe with opportunities for investors willing to participate in, as well as profit from, the continent’s development. Investment partners can help African governments confront and exploit the particular mix of challenges and opportunities they face, including the transformative force of technology, the untapped potential of agriculture, and the key role of skills in empowering young Africans to claim the 21st century as their own.

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