Among the factors affecting the ease of doing business in Africa is the lack of understanding of the local context by businesses. The program explores how Africa's deeply unequal, fragmented and exclusionary growth; the gaps in its democratic experiments which has failed to express the democratic will and aspirations of the people; and the severely weakened nature of the state makes it incapable of seizing the policy space for development and presents a series of political risks to businesses.
To adequately address Africas unmet needs, national government, global and African business seeking to access opportunities in Africa must be seen to support pro-business ventures, but not necessarily pro-market principles. This presentation shows clients how to profit from Africa's future, as well as its profound role in accelerating and shaping Africa's future and development for the better. Given the exciting prospect for business and economic growth on the continent, there cannot be a better time to do business in Africa.
With the world's largest reserves in precious metals and minerals, Africa is poised to experience a resource-boom for some time to come. The paradox of Africa's resource wealth remains a critical issue, especially since the continent has struggled to translate these resources into shared wealth and development. This presentation analyzes dual forms of risk and opportunities inherent in this development, and what it portends for oil and gas operators and investors alike. The program adopts a two-track approach. On the one hand, resource-rich countries in Africa are yet to identify the strong points of this boom and harness it for the development of its industrial base and local (national) content capacities. On the other hand, oil and gas investors in Africa must align their strategies with national development efforts that deploys the oil and gas industry as growth poles of development.
In the current business environment in Africa, at least 34 countries have adopted a National Development Plans (NDP), while about 18 countries have adopted the idea of Plans d'Emergence. These are based on new national visions long-term plans, and on certain visions and principles. This presentation help clients identify major regional and geographic shifts on the continent, and the risks and opportunities they present. The question is "What do these developments mean for the business community"? How might these affect national government's ability to attract business? What is the significance for global and African business seeking business opportunities on the continent?
Today, Africa has bilateral agreements or economic partnership agreements with virtually every major country or region in the world. These ranges from the US-Africa, China-Africa, India-Africa, Russia-Africa, Dubai-Africa relations, among others. The European Union has developed a Fifty-Year Plan for Africa, drawing on its historical relationship with the content to secure its interests in the future of the continent. Similar to the earlier scramble for Africa over a century ago, Africa is again being carved open again and the future of the continent is being shaped before our very own eyes. Are these developments favourable for business on the continent? Are they inimical to to business prospects and development? What do these developments mean for Africa's business environment? Most African leaders are scrambling with how to respond to these development, whether to view them as opportunities or risks. The complicating factor is that the responses, decisions and policies of govern...