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Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market: A guide to the business and investment opportunities in emerging Africa

Book Description

Sub-Saharan Africa is now one of the world's most talked about regions in terms of emerging investment opportunities and sources of new growth. Its economies represent a quintessential frontier market and they are set to develop into an area of long-term investment interest. Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market is an investor's guide to the transformations that have occurred in the African business landscape in the last 60 years and the key areas of interest for the future. This book provides a detailed but lucid look at the changing trends in social life, government and business since the 1960s. It explains the background to consumer market developments and why they have occurred, the enablers that have been laid down within Africa that ready it for business expansion, and the sectors where there is opportunity for investment and growth. The business environment is then broken down into seven key areas on which investors should focus: Agriculture - Real estate - Consumer retail - Financial services - Telecoms - Transport and logistics - Manufacturing and processing Each of these chapters describes the major themes in the area and identifies the specific consumer sectors anticipated to experience the biggest growth in the years to come. By following the long-term developments described by David Mataen, you will understand the pace of change in Africa in the past and gain an appreciation for how its business and economy will progress in the future. At this time of great opportunity, this book is an essential addition to your investment library.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Publication details
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. About the Author
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
    1. Frontier economics and a quest for information
    2. How this book is structured
    3. Who this book is for
    4. Exclusions made by this book
  7. PART 1: THE MEGATRENDS
    1. Introduction
      1. What is a megatrend?
      2. The eight African megatrends
      3. Endnotes
    2. Chapter 1: Population Growth and Demographic Shifts
      1. Background and perspective
      2. Driving forces
      3. Conclusion/marketplace implications
      4. Endnotes
    3. Chapter 2: Cultural Revolution
      1. Background and perspective
      2. Driving forces
      3. Conclusion/marketplace implications
      4. Endnotes
    4. Chapter 3: Regionalisation: Evolution of Intra-African Markets
      1. Background and perspective
      2. Driving forces
      3. Conclusion/marketplace implications
      4. Endnotes
    5. Chapter 4: Rapid Urbanisation
      1. Background and perspective
      2. Driving forces
      3. Conclusion/marketplace implications
      4. Endnotes
    6. Chapter 5: Commercialisation of Essential Services
      1. Background and perspective
      2. Driving forces
      3. Conclusion/marketplace implications
      4. Endnotes
    7. Chapter 6: Deregulation and Liberalisation of Manufacturing and Services
      1. Background and perspective
      2. Driving forces
      3. Conclusion/marketplace implications
      4. Endnotes
    8. Chapter 7: The Growth of Credit
      1. Background and perspective
      2. Driving forces
      3. Conclusion/marketplace implications
      4. Endnotes
    9. Chapter 8: Development of Capital Markets
      1. Background and perspective
      2. Driving forces
      3. Conclusion/marketplace implications
      4. Endnotes
  8. PART 2: LAYING DOWN THE ENABLERS
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 9: Infrastructure Imperative
      1. Driving forces
      2. Endnotes
    3. Chapter 10: Technological Networking
      1. Endnotes
    4. Chapter 11: Human Resources Development
      1. Universal, free and compulsory primary education – a foundation for an enlightened society
      2. Privatisation of educational services has enhanced capacity and improved quality
      3. Increase in opportunities at universities and other tertiary colleges
      4. Establishing highly specialised and advanced training facilities
      5. International airlift – the dividend of global Africa
      6. Endnotes
    5. Chapter 12: Reform of the Business Environment
      1. Nurturing the incipient business environment
      2. Conclusion
      3. Endnotes
  9. PART 3: OPPORTUNITIES
    1. Introduction
      1. Assembling the themes and framework
      2. Summary of themes that influence African business now and in the future
      3. Endnotes
    2. Chapter 13: Opportunities in Agriculture
      1. Context
      2. Themes underpinning Africa’s agricultural appeal
      3. Summary of the opportunities in agriculture
      4. Endnotes
    3. Chapter 14: Opportunities in Real Estate
      1. Dominant themes in real estate
      2. Summary of the opportunities in real estate
      3. Endnotes
    4. Chapter 15: Opportunities in Consumer Retail
      1. Forces shaping consumer retail
      2. Summary of the opportunities in consumer retail
      3. Endnotes
    5. Chapter 16: Opportunities in Financial Services
      1. Overlying themes in financial services
      2. Summary of the opportunities in financial services
      3. Endnotes
    6. Chapter 17: Opportunities in Telecoms
      1. Overlying themes in telecommunications
      2. Summary of the opportunities in telecoms
      3. Endnotes
    7. Chapter 18: Opportunites in Transport and Logistics
      1. Dominant themes in transport and logistics
      2. Summary of the opportunities in transport and logistics
      3. Endnotes
    8. Chapter 19: Opportunities in Manufacturing and Processing
      1. Themes shaping manufacturing opportunities
      2. Summary of the opportunities in manufacturing and processing
      3. Endnotes
  10. Conclusion
  11. Appendices
    1. Transportation corridors in Africa