Category: AIF Issue 37

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Africa’s Catch-22: Sub-Saharan Africa on the periphery

Conflict in Africa can result in economic devastation that lingers on far beyond the last crack of gunfire, because aid and trade matter more to the continent’s economic growth than they do to others. The loss of international partners — and foreign direct investment in particular — can drain an African country of its economic […]

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Sub-Saharan Africa: Islamic investment

  The Islamic world is increasingly seeing Africa as a destination for foreign investment, both on the institutional and corporate fronts. One sign of such interest was the recent forum on investments in Africa, held in Marrakech from December 17-19 2015 and organised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which groups 57 countries. The […]

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South Africa: policy failure

The South African economy has made great strides since 1994, when apartheid was replaced with a democratic system. One useful measure of this is the country’s FDI liabilities — FDI stock held by foreign companies in the country. In 1996 these were $14.4 billion in nominal terms, but by 2015, they were $148 billion, having […]

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Nigeria: attractive investment?

Within the first nine months of his administration Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari has travelled 26 times to 23 countries. His incessant foreign travels have attracted many comments from the nation. In March, a poster from a 2003 election campaign emerged in which Mr Buhari promised not to “spend over 110 days in a year globetrotting”. […]

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Namibia: the new nationalism

Since taking office on March 21 last year, President Hage Geingob’s administration has cast itself as business-friendly and welcoming of foreign investors. Yet developments since the last quarter of 2015 suggest its policies are damaging Namibia’s attractiveness as an investment destination. The country faces several longstanding challenges, among them pervasive poverty, rampant unemployment (more than […]

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Madagascar: wrangling blocks investment

On November 19 last year a group of potential investors gathered in the rarefied surroundings of Lancaster House in London, a stunning 19th century building, with gilded ceilings, stately rooms and grand staircases. They were attending the UK-Madagascar Trade and Investment Forum, a conference organised to generate interest in the African island country’s economic potential. […]

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Kenya: accelerating investment growth

Kenya is on track to almost triple its foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in 2016 as compared to 2014 on the strength of renewed investor confidence, the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) says. FDI inflows are expected to reach $3 billion this year as compared to $1.2 billion in 2014, according to a 2015 African Development […]

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Angola: ‘negative FDI’

Angola is sub-Saharan Africa’s third largest economy and one of the continent’s leading producers of crude oil. Since the end of its three-decade civil war in 2002, governmental trade missions and private investors have streamed into Luanda seeking lucrative peacetime deals. Yet Angola has posted negative foreign direct investment (FDI) flows for the past four […]

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China in Africa: Chinese FDI

China likes to position its engagement with Africa as that of one developing region assisting another. However, Beijing sometimes claims that it is “just another market player” on the continent — often as a retort to Western critics. In the main it tends to emphasise the former narrative. Many African states share a socialist history […]

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Africa: higher education

The number of private universities operating in Africa is growing, and the sector is generating a groundswell of interest among investors. In 1960 there were seven private universities in Africa, according to a 2012 statement by Professor Olugbemiro Jegede, secretary-general of the Association of African Universities. By 1990 there were 27, and by 2006 about […]

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