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  • 12 Least Attractive African Economies To Invest In For 2017

    African economies By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:08 am AFKI Original

    While Africa is a continent with great investment potential, some African economies have struggled to attract foreign investors. Certain economies have not experienced the positive growth that characterizes many of the nations within the African continent, and as a result they remain unattractive as investment destinations. Quantum Global Research Lab conducted research to produce the 2017 Africa Investment Index based on a variety of factors such as macroeconomic and financial indicators and the World Bank Group’s Ease of Doing Business Indicators. Here are the 12 least attractive African economies to invest in for 2017.

  • 12 Most Attractive African Economies For Investment In 2017

    12 Most Attractive African Economies To Invest In For 2017 By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 pm AFKI Original

    Africa remains a continent with great investment potential, and African economies continue to make efforts to attract investors from around the globe. With a population of over one billion people and rapidly growing middle class, Africa offers significant opportunities to invest in the continent’s non-commodities sectors such as financial services, construction, and manufacturing, amongst others. Here are the 12 most attractive African economies to invest in for 2017.

  • 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.

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