Africa is fundamentally a trading continent. The socio-economic structure of most African countries hinges on trade. Despite recent and concerted efforts to diversify economies, trade still accounts for 51 percent of Africa’s GDP according to World Bank data. Banks, DFIs, traders and governments should recognise that adopting new technologies is a critical pillar to addressing […]
Deal origination has stayed relatively constant in Africa over the past couple of decades, and private equity firms have reported completing roughly only 1% of the leads they explore. Recent improvements include firms opening offices in key cities, hiring local talent or even consuming and analysing the limited market studies available. Nevertheless, deal origination and […]
7-minute read (Download PDF) The wave of digitisation: changing our personal and business lives Travel in Africa has its challenges, but the emergence of digitally-enabled services is helping to remove some of the obstacles we face when doing business. Imagine a typical business development trip across the continent: A transaction adviser is on her way from Johannesburg to Nairobi to secure […]
Africa is uniquely placed to trade with growing markets in the East, established markets in the West, and domestic markets on her own continent. In order to benefit from the ensuing economic advantages, the continent’s financial institutions have started to tackle the unmet demand of Africa’s trade finance gap, currently estimated at US$120 billion by the African Development Bank (AfDB) […]
Africa is home to an increasing number of growth companies in need of capital. Before these businesses start tapping into sources of funding to expand operations, they must evaluate the type of finance that suits their particular needs. There are a number of capital options for fundraisers, which include conventional debt from local banks, investment […]
Current technological developments drive increased productivity and efficiency in modern business life, and Africa’s investment ecosystem is no exception.
Deal origination is a labor-intensive process, especially when conducted through traditional methods…