Sep 18, 2012
SA still top African investment destination, but gap closing fastBack
Africa|Environment|Ghana|Merchant Bank|Africa|Angola|Comoros|Djibouti|Egypt|Eritrea|Ethiopia|Ghana|Guinea-Bissau|Kenya|Libya|Morocco|Nigeria|Rwanda|South Africa|Tanzania|Tunisia|Uganda|Gross Domestic Product|Power|Central Africa|West Africa
© Reuse this
In its second edition of ‘Where to Invest in Africa’, RMB noted that South Africa scored 5.84, followed closely by Egypt and Nigeria, with scores of 5.52 and 5.50 respectively.
The report, which, for the first time, included North African countries, measured an African country’s market size, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) at purchasing power parity; the market growth rate, as reflected in the International Monetary Fund’s forecasts of real GDP growth; and an operating environment index, which looks at economic freedom, corruption, efficiency and business friendliness.
Ghana and Tunisia also ranked in the top five, achieving scores of 5.42 and 5.41 respectively, while Morocco ranked in sixth place with a score of 5.35, followed by Libya, which ranked 18 in the prior year, with 5.29.
Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, scoring 5.07, 4.99 and 4.98 each, completed the top-ten list of investment destinations in Africa.
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda were found to be the most attractive East African countries, while Tunisia and Morocco were the most notable North African economies, RMB said in its report.
“The North African economies, which entered the rankings this year, take many of the top positions. Even with the political problems surrounding the Arab spring and the resulting decline in their operating index, they remain relatively attractive markets,” said RMB.
However, RMB warned that, while Africa was still a desirable investment destination, Africa would need to fast-track its progress if it was going to compete with other rapidly growing emerging markets.
The report pointed out that West and Central Africa rated poorly, but Cote d’Ivoire recently entered the growth race after easing of political tensions.
Sub-Saharan country Angola remained a tough place to do business, despite its rapid growth and its position as the third-largest economy in the region.
Djibouti, São Tomé and Príncipe, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau and Comoros were the lowest-ranking countries in Africa.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Economy News
Updated 52 minutes ago Ailing German engineering and services company Bilfinger SE has agreed to sell most of its construction division to Swiss building giant Implenia as it seeks to focus on more lucrative industrial services. Bilfinger – which has issued four profit warnings this year,...
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
This Week's Magazine
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...