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Davos: is there responsive and responsible leadership in Africa?

By Paul Clark, Africa Portfolio Manager at Ashburton Investments.  This year the theme for the World Economic Forum currently underway in Davos is “Responsive and Responsible leadership”. (more…)

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Flush with cash, pension funds look for opportunities in Africa

Pension funds in Africa have the financial muscle to exert strong influence over their underlying investments, and should help drive the product innovation needed to facilitate the allocation of more capital to the continent. David Geral, Partner at pan-African corporate law firm, Bowman Gilfillan and manager of the firm’s pensions, healthcare and employee benefits group, […]

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Nigeria – an African giant

Mark Mobius on Nigeria I’ve been a frontier market fan for some time now, especially when it comes to Africa, and particularly when it comes to investing in Nigeria. On May 7-9, Abuja, Nigeria, had the honour of hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa, which South Africa has hosted for the past 17 of […]

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Rebasing of Nigerian GDP will reflect African economic reality more accurately

By Roelof Horne, portfolio manager, Investec Asset Management Nigeria’s rebasing of its GDP, expected to happen this weekend, may negatively affect perceptions about South Africa’s position on the continent, but it will reflect Africa’s reality far better. Nigeria is about three times the size of South Africa in terms of population, but its economy is […]

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Africa – the great investment story of the next 50 years

Despite recent political unrest across the continent, Africa is still offering a compelling investment case and will be the great investment story over the next 50 years. This is according to Diane Radley, CEO of Old Mutual Investment Group, speaking at a media roundtable o­n African investment today, who said that the investment manager is […]

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Africa: An investment class all of its own

Africa’s population is growing fast and the United Nations (UN) has forecast that 22% of the world’s inhabitants will be living on the continent by 2050. Being nearly as urbanised as China, Africa has 52 cities with in excess of one million inhabitants (as at 2010). These demographics, coupled with a burgeoning middle class, mean […]

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Notes from the Nigerian frontier

By Mark Mobius (pictured on the street in Nigeria) Many frontier markets continue to stand out as particularly attractive to us right now, as a number of developed and even some established emerging markets have been experiencing a few soft GDP growth trends this year. Frontier markets are considered a subset of emerging markets, often […]

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Private Equity players invest in Africa infrastructure boom

Once best known for corporate investing, private equity firms are now ploughing money into African infrastructure. Erika van der Merwe, CEO of the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) said: “Infrastructure gives private equity investors access to the strong African growth story, an exceptional theme in a structurally low-growth world.” Buying exposure […]

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