Emerging Market Africa

Africa map

The Opportunity is Now

  • Second most populated continent in the world
  • Continent’s population is NOW well over one billion, of which 355 million (36%) are already considered middle class
  • Real GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa has averaged greater than 5% per year since 2001
  • Continent has 12% of the world’s oil reserves and 42% of gold
  • Africa includes seven of the top 10 fastest-growing countries globally
  • From 2000 to 2012, FDI investment in Africa went from about $9 billion to more than $80 billion.
  • Young and vibrant expanding populations
  • Urbanization and nascent consumer economies
  • Greater political stability, corporate governance and better economic policies
  • Improving infrastructure
  • Debt among consumers, corporations and governments at low level
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the second-fastest growing region in the world, after Asia.
  • Great leap in the advancements of education
Billion Increase in FDI Investment from 2000-2012
of the World's Gold supply is in Africa
of the World's Oil Reserves are in Africa
Africa Graph

The Last Frontier

  • A healthy business environment with a rapidly improving communications network, which helps companies expand more quickly
  • Frontier markets delivering better return than emerging markets
  • Rising trading volumes on the local stock exchanges, which improve liquidity
  • Relatively low correlations between countries and companies, which help diversify an investor’s portfolio
  • High levels of stock ownership by corporate insiders and by local pension funds
  • African equity markets tend to be local in character, driven largely by the country’s own economic and political development and less subject to whims of the global economy.