Why Africa: A roaring lion in motion

We wish to share and attract you to a continent full of business opportunities. We see and live in these opportunities in full. If you are a business or entrepreneur looking for growth and frontier markets then Africa has what you are looking for.

Our invitation to invest your business and/or money in the continent is an invitation to join current affairs and events beyond the imagery of the past. Today’s picture is one of a 54 countries’ large continent with tremendous economic growth, investment, and rapidly rising living standards. We welcome you to the 21st century Africa which is about opportunities, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Across the continent, national and regional economies are consistently accelerating their growth and attracting the attention of foreign investors. This change is driven by a number of factors, including more democratic and accountable governments; economic policies which increasingly favour and facilitate international trade; a new generation of policy-makers and business leaders; innovative information and communication technologies; an emerging spirit of entrepreneurship; and a growing middle class of relative prosperity with a taste for modern consumer goods.

Currently, 6 of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa, and the ease of doing business in Africa is improving to the extent that a good number of countries (including South Africa, Ghana, Mauritius and Tunisia) now outperform China, India, Brazil and Russia. In addition, FDI inflows to Africa have demonstrated year-to-year growth since 2010 and now amount to USD 50 billion.

Despite these promising trends, significant development challenges persist across the African continent. GrowthAfrica is built on a profound belief that the development and expansion of private business activities and partnerships is a key tool to driving sustainable development in Africa. We possess the experience and expertise to assist you in designing and implementing a business model, which maximizes profitability while simultaneously contributing to Africa’s development.

Promising forecasts for the years to come are leading to optimistic outlooks among those early movers who have already identified the huge potential of the African continent with its one billion people spread across 54 markets. It is time for forward-thinking businesses to seize the opportunity and accept the African invitation. We are here to assist your business as it explores and embraces a continent of opportunities, and to ensure that your vision and efforts are translated into a story of sustainable commercial success.

Key figures: The attractiveness of business in Africa:

Population and demographics

  • 40% of the global population growth will be in Africa by 2050
  • More than 50% of Africa’s population is under 20 years old, making it the world’s youngest continent – in comparison only 28 % of the population of China is under 20 years old
  • 500 million Africans are between the age of 18 and 24. By 2040, the forecast is 1.1 billion — more than in China or India

Markets and consumers

  • Consumer expenditure is set to rise from USD 600 billion in 2010 to nearly USD 1 trillion in 2020
  • Urban African consumers spend the largest share of their budgets (45%) on food and groceries –more than the average consumer in the BRIC countries
  • More than half of all African households are projected to have discretionary income by 2020 – corresponding to almost 130.000 households
  • Consumer-facing industries (retail/wholesale, banking, telecommunication and tourism) in Africa are expected to grow by USD 400 billion by 2020, with apparel, consumer goods and food accounting for $185 billion

Economic performance

  • GDP growth for the continent is forecast at 5.4% in 2013 and 5.7% in 2014
  • 6 of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies are currently in Africa
  • FDI inflows to Africa have increased by 13.6% and FDI outflows by 55.6% since 2010
  • Average annual return on capital of African companies was 65-70% or higher than that of comparable companies in China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam

Doing business in Africa

  • The Doing Business 2013 Report ranks Mauritius, South Africa, Rwanda, Botswana, Ghana, Tunisia and Namibia above China (the best performing BRIC country), while Morocco, Zambia, Egypt, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nigeria rank above India and Brazil
  • Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 ranks Botswana, Rwanda, Namibia, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia and Tunisia better than China and India in terms of the perceived corruption levels of public institutions