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

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Chapter 12: Reform of the Business Environment

In discussions and debates about business in Africa – which are held more and more at conferences, summits and at academic institutions – a common thread of conversation is that the business environment generally continues to be a big hindrance to the establishing and running of business in most African countries. The business environment in African countries is still very often contrasted negatively with the environment in Western countries.

It is true that African countries still have quite some way to go in developing environments that are conducive to business but there are two important factors to emphasise about the environment for doing business now obtaining in Africa: these are that the ...

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