Never before has the need for infrastructure felt so immediate and acute. This became apparent to me as I travelled to Nairobi, Lagos, Lusaka and Gaborone during the first three months of this year.
Despite being released only in December, the International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines are already in effect, and feature some significant changes, says Heleen Goussard, Head of Unlisted Investment at investment firm, RisCura.
The last few years have witnessed a growing sophistication and assertiveness of African states in dealing with foreign investors. One particular manifestation of this can be seen in the growing trend of African states, particularly those with energy and natural resources, seeking to renegotiate existing investment contracts in order to change the economic balance of those contracts and extract further value from them, write Joseph Otoo (pictured), Senior Associate, and David Elikwu, Trainee Solicitor, Mayer Brown.
Many investors ask, “How much money can I make?” before taking an investment position.
Technological innovation is having a transformational effect on the global economy, with businesses in every sector realising the importance of quality data and being agile to respond quickly to changes. The disruptive power of technology on incumbent businesses and business models varies across industries, with consumer firms hit first and, so far, hit hardest. However, this fourth industrial revolution is still in its infancy and promises to deliver even more profound shifts in ways that can’t yet be seen in the coming years.
In September 2018, the Government of Tanzania, at the Parliamentary debating stage of the Public Private Partnership (Amendment) Bill 2018 (the PPP Amendment Bill) introduced an amendment (new Section 25A) with the effect that all PPP projects relating to Tanzania’s “natural wealth and resources” would be subject to the provisions of the Natural Wealth and Resources (Permanent Sovereignty) Act 2017 (the Sovereignty Act), and the Natural Wealth and Resources Contracts (Review and Re-Negotiation of Unconscionable Terms) Act 2017 (the Re-Negotiation Act). The PPP Bill was passed, and is now the Public Private partnership (Amendments) Act 2018 (the PPP Amendment Act). The ‘Objects and reasons’ section of the PPP Amendment Act gives no further insight into the significance of the new Section 25A than to say that it is “…added for the purpose of making provisions for recognition and safeguarding of natural wealth and resources.” However, the amendment provide controversial among parliamentarians and commentators, as its effect is of great significance of PPP projects.
Activity in Africa’s debt capital markets remains remarkably resilient despite global trade wars, Brexit concerns and high interest rates in a resurgent United States economy which is translating into emerging market jitters. Even as concerns around African sovereign debt mount, increasing global integration and the internal capability of the continent’s debt capital markets looks set to sustain Africa’s ability to import capital and manage debt through the current global cycle.
Africa’s youthful population and growing middle class are generally considered positive investment themes for the continent, but will African pension systems be able to serve this youthful cohort when they inevitably grow old?
To deploy global investment on a significant scale Africa needs to develop the domestic conditions to absorb the much higher levels of global real estate investment currently considering Africa.
Africa continues to turn global investors’ heads, despite its challenges. Attracted by its many fast growing economies and burgeoning consumer and business spending – expected to reach $6.7trn by 2030 – savvy investors are finding opportunities on the continent.
When FOCAC was established in 2000 to strengthen China-African economic cooperation and trade, the rest of the world was perhaps bemused. Bilateral trade and investment was minimal and African economic prospects unpromising. China’s embrace of China – as framed by FOCAC – has ushered in exponential growth in commercial ties. Now, just 18 years later, China is Africa’s largest trade partner and bilateral trade and investment ties are growing rapidly.
Sabvest is an investment holding group that has been listed on the JSE since 1988. The company has an exceptional long-term investment record, having generated a return to shareholders of 54 times capital over its 30-year history under the steady hand and sharp eye of founder, Christopher Seabrooke. Despite this prodigious long-term result, Sabvest is generally unknown to South African investors, and flies under the radar.
Investors should bank on digitisation to accelerate African deal origination, write Will Hunnam (left) & Lanre Oloniniyi (right), Co-founders of Orbitt
As Africa’s relationship with China matures and deepens, the use of the Renminbi as a medium of exchange holds the potential to increase the efficiency and reduce the risk and cost of both intra-African as well as Africa-China and broader Asian trade.