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  • Private Equity Is Not Dead, But Maybe It’s Time For More Hedge Funds In Africa

    Hedge Funds In Africa By Kurt Davis Jr., 2:00 am AFKI Original

    Short-term volatility and uncertainty in the African growth story create opportunities for hedge funds. Hedge funds generally operate more flexibly than private equity, and they have the creativity to generate bond-like returns that outpace inflation. Critics say hedge funds have limited liquidity in an opaque world. The riskiest play — but with big returns — is in agriculture and land. Where land is for sale in Africa, investors are making a play for a limited resource, especially when it’s arable, ripe for production or ideal for commercial and residential construction.

  • New Year’s Resolution: Investing In African Healthcare And Fitness

    investing in African healthcare By Kurt Davis Jr., 7:57 am AFKI Original

    In cities from Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria to Maputo, Mozambique, gym memberships can be above $100 per month. Africans are paying higher fees than in more mature markets. Zumba classes are abundant, yoga is everywhere, and biking and running are an ever-growing trend in Africa. Putting cash into the facilities for these types of activities is lucrative. Scalability is still a concern but branding across borders and within regions is necessary for growth.

  • 12 Contemporary Artists to Watch in Namibia and Zambia

    Contemporary Artists to Watch in Namibia and Zambia By Keren Mikva, 12:59 pm

    Zambian artist Caleb Chisha sees his art as a religion, and he worships at the church of daily rituals, often portraying the culture and traditions of African daily life. Namibia and Zambia have artistic traditions that span thousands of years. Both are recent players in the global contemporary art scene as interest mounts globally to invest in African art. These are some artists whose voices make them standouts.

  • 8 Things You Should Know Before Investing In Ethiopia  

    investing in Ethiopia By Lillian Mutiso, 6:55 am AFKI Original

    Ethiopia, a landlocked country in the Horn of Africa with a population of about 96 million people, has one of the fastest growing economies in Africa with an average 10.3 percent growth in recent years. Despite this high growth, the world Bank ranks Ethiopia 104th out of 183 countries on its East of Doing Business Index. Regulatory hurdles, legal threats to property, and the time and money spent on registering a business are some of the issues.

  • Africa Private Equity Insider: A Bubble? Far From it

    Africa pivate equity By Anna B. Wroblewska, 6:28 am AFKI Original

    But buyouts are only one slice of the African private equity market, and funds looking to diversify into Africa have more to worry about than the potential pricing risks posed by their competition. “You always have competition,” Romain Py, executive head of transactions with African Infrastructure Investment Managers, told AFKInsider.

  • What’s selling At 3 Of The Top Auction Houses In Africa

    South Africa contemporary art By Dana Sanchez, 1:30 pm

    If you’re thinking of investing in African contemporary art, there are several undervalued artists in that category, according to Anton Welz, director of Stephan Welz & Co. auction house in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Three African auction houses are listed among the world’s 250 top auction houses in a special issue of Art+Auction. Check them out here, along with some of their most notable sales.

  • You Can’t Buy Land In Mozambique: How Investors Get Around That

    By Dana Sanchez, 12:27 pm AFKI Original

    Land is one of the assets Mozambique has to offer, but a company can’t actually buy or own land there. That isn’t seen as a limitation, a local consultant said. In Mozambique, where the Portuguese colonial system is still evident in many aspects of the formal economy, one company found a niche market to assist investors who want to do business there.

  • Africa Investors Diary: October Is A Busy Conference Month

    By D.A. Barber, 3:22 am AFKI Original

    Investors will be flocking to Africa as well as London and Washington in October for not only African energy conferences, but conferences targeting the business sectors involved in financing, infrastructure, and the mining industry. Two conferences are worth noting right up front. The first is the 6th U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference (Washington, D.C., Oct. 7-8) sponsored by the Corporate Council on Africa.

  • Investors To Flock Africa Energy Conferences This September

    By D.A. Barber, 3:10 am AFKI Original

    If you’re an international energy investor eyeing Africa, you’re going to have a busy month in September nation hopping. Kenya, South Africa, DRC, Rwanda, Ghana and even China are all hosting major conferences targeting energy and infrastructure investment in Africa. The Eastern African region is undergoing an energy revolution, South Africa is leading renewable energy development, the Western region is ramping-up development of its oil and gas resources and China continues to spend lavishly on African energy and infrastructure projects.

  • Foreign Investors Still Attracted To Egypt

    By Ann Brown, 5:00 pm

    From The Economist A woman with shiny brown locks stares down from billboards at motorists navigating Cairo’s chaotic streets. This is how TREsemmé, an American hair-care brand, introduced itself to Egyptians in February. At 65 Egyptian pounds ($9.25), a large bottle of shampoo is not cheap. Yet Unilever Mashreq, the Dubai-based branch of the European […]

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