Sunday, December 04, 2022 UTC
Recognized by industry leaders for extensive coverage on African Asset Management
News > Private Equity > PE Industry News

South Africa, Morocco and Egypt remain key hub economies for FDI

Africa Global Funds
May 4, 2017, midnight
256

Word count: 474

South Africa remains the continent’s leading foreign direct investment (FDI) destination, when measured by project numbers, which increased 6.9% year-on-year, according to EY’s Africa Attractiveness report.

Choose ONE Magazine and TWO Articles for FREE when you register an account
Share:

South Africa remains the continent’s leading foreign direct investment (FDI) destination, when measured by project numbers, which increased 6.9% year-on-year, according to EY’s Africa Attractiveness report.

Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa collectively attracted 58% of the continent’s total FDI projects in 2016.

Morocco regained its place as Africa’s second largest recipient with projects up by 9.5%, followed by Egypt, which attracted 19.7% more FDI projects than the previous year.

Although foreign investors still favour the key hub economies in Africa, a new set of FDI destinations is emerging, with Francophone and East African markets of particular interest.

Despite having a 31.7% decline in FDI projects in 2016, and weak growth in recent years, West Africa’s second largest economy, Ghana, remains a key FDI market. 

The country’s improving macro-economic environment and strong governance track record has seen Ghana rise to fourth position in the EY Africa Attractiveness Index (AAI). 

The index was introduced in 2016, to measure the relative investment attractiveness of 46 African economies based on a balanced set of shorter and longer-term metrics.

Cote d’Ivoire also features in the top 10 of the AAI, and with a 21.4% jump in FDI projects in 2016, this illustrates that it’s becoming a country more favoured by investors.

Also, Senegal has emerged as a potential major FDI destination although this is not reflected in its current FDI numbers. 

It does however rank strongly on the AAI 2017, taking eighth position, due to its diverse economy, strong strides in macro-economic resilience and progress in improving its business environment.

Overall, the 2016 data shows Africa attracted 676 FDI projects, a 12.3% decline from the previous year, however, capital investment rose 31.9%.

The surge in capital investment was primarily driven by capital intensive projects in two sectors - real estate, hospitality and construction (RHC), and transport and logistics. 

The continent’s share of global FDI capital flows increased to 11.4% from 9.4% in 2015. 

This made Africa the second-fastest growing FDI destination by capital.

Ajen Sita, Africa CEO at EY, said: “This somewhat mixed picture is not surprising to us. Investor sentiment toward Africa is likely to remain somewhat softer over the next few years. This has far less to do with Africa’s fundamentals than it does with a world characterised by heightened geopolitical uncertainty and greater risk aversion.” 

“Investors with an existing presence in Africa remain positive about the continent’s longer-term investment attractiveness, but they are also cautious and discerning,” he said.

In a sign of ongoing diversification of Africa’s FDI investors, more than one fifth of FDI projects and more than half of capital investment into Africa came from Asia-Pacific in 2016, an all-time record. 

Most notably, Chinese FDI into Africa increased dramatically, making the country the single largest contributor of FDI capital and jobs in Africa in 2016.

Registration Login
Sign in with social account
or
Lost your Password?
Registration Login
Sign in with social account
or
Registration Login
Registration