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Omega Collocott, Sector Head for Financial Institution Ratings at GCR

Investment to improve lives of women in Africa is critical

In recent years, Africa has been an area of focus for investment in infrastructure development, trade, and financial inclusion (partly through Fintech and the financing of SMEs). However, environmental and ‘gender lens’ investing (which targets women-led businesses and initiatives) are gaining traction, particularly in the development finance community. (more…)

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Derrick Roper, Chief Executive of Novare Equity Partners

African property delivers for private equity investors

Africa’s challenges have tended to over-shadow its potential, says Derrick Roper, Chief Executive of Novare Equity Partners, “and our view is that this stage of the economic cycle presents significant opportunities for future returns.” In sub-Saharan Africa, private equity funds offer investors access to competitively priced assets that have strong growth potential in a region where […]

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MMI on expansion into Africa

Africa, the search for growth

Over the past 10-15 years, the global economy has experienced a marked slowdown. Global investors, including South African investors, are compelled to seek new territories that not only offer higher growth rates, but also market diversification.  (more…)

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Dion Shango, PwC

Africa’s CEOs seize the opportunities that uncertainty brings

Notwithstanding the current economic and socio-political uncertainty, numerous companies in Africa are still positive about the growth potential of the continent. PwC (www.PwC.com) research across the continent shows that 91% of CEOs are confident about their own companies’ growth prospects in the medium term. “This is the highest level of confidence since we started our […]

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Africa – a hub of opportunities, waiting to be unlocked!

The global economy is no doubt facing some major challenges. Sluggish growth, leading to stagnant global trade, subdued investment and increasing policy uncertainty world-wide, are just a few. (more…)

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What’s ahead for WEF Africa 2017?

By Paul Clark, Fund Manager and Africa specialist at Ashburton Investments. This week African leaders from all spheres will meet up in Durban at the World Economic Forum’s annual Africa meeting (WEF Africa 2017). They will be joined by global business leaders, non-governmental organisations and many others who want to observe and help shape the […]

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Peter Baird joins IAM to head up Africa PE team

Peter Baird has been appointed as Managing Principal for Investec Asset Management’s Africa Private Equity funds, the firm announced today. Baird will work with the firm’s well-established Africa Private Equity investment team to provide leadership as they continue to originate attractive investment opportunities, add value to, and eventually exit portfolio companies. The team currently manages […]

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Activity in African capital markets shows significant decline in 2016

2016 marked a challenging year for African equity markets in the wake of lower economic growth and political upheaval around the globe, largely as a result of the US elections cycle and the Brexit vote. African equity capital markets (ECM) broke a streak of three successive years of growth, recording a decline in overall ECM […]

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