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The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, and broaden economic inclusion, a new World Bank report has said.

On March 21, 2018 an agreement was signed in Kigali to allow for the acceleration of intra-African trade and boost Africa’s trading position in the global market by strengthening the continent’s common voice.  The AfCFTA provides a unique opportunity for signatories to the deal to competitively integrate into the global economy, reduce poverty, and promote inclusion. Although Africa has made substantial progress in recent decades in raising living standards and reducing poverty, increasing trade can provide the impetus for reforms that boost productivity and job creation, and further reduce poverty.

World Bank estimates that by 2035, implementing the agreement would contribute to lifting an additional 30 million people (1.5 percent of the continent’s population) from extreme poverty and 68 million people…

Mergers and Acquisitions during Covid-19 - The Exchange

On the 10th of July 2020, Helios Holdings Limited announced a merger with Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation to form Helios Fairfax Partners Corporation – a pan Africa focused alternative investment manager.[1] On the same day, Eversend, an African fintech startup also announced over a $1M raise through crowdfunding.[2] Prior to that Helios announced a $100M investment from the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) into their fund IV.[3] On the 1st of July 2020, our portfolio company, announced the acquisition of two travel tech companies.[4] On 30th June 2020, announced the acquisition of fellow fintech Beyonic based in Tanzania.[5] On 23rd June, 2020 announced their exit from KopaGas of Tanzania as part of the $25M acquisition by Circle Gas.[6] Then on 22nd January 2020, announced the acquisition of Apposit an Ethiopian software company as the entry strategy …

Tim Staermose - The Exchange

Recently I did an interview with the guys at the “State of the Markets” podcast. In it, I discuss many things, including a few specific investment ideas — stocks I have personally invested in, over the last 18 months, in Tanzania, which I plan to hold for many years.

If you haven’t listened to it yet, you may find it worthwhile. You can replay the entire conversation at the Global Value Hunter homepage.

One of the core attractions of investing in less developed markets around the world is that they still inhabit a normal universe where interest rates are positive, and it’s possible to earn excellent real rates of return on plain vanilla investments, such as government bonds and bank deposits.

In Tanzania, for example, one can currently attain as much as a 15.85% yield on 20-year government bonds. What’s more is that inflation in Tanzania is only 3.3%,

Innovation in Africa - The Exchange

This period of unprecedented economic and societal upheaval is accelerating development of Africa’s digital future. What’s happening? What kinds of opportunities are out there for investors? Clearly, risk has risen. Nobody can predict what level of earnings companies in any geography will be able to generate when the COVID-19 crisis eases. However, we are encouraged by some of what we are hearing from sources around sub-Saharan Africa. I am advising clients to look closely at trends being accelerated as a result of the pandemic. Some African innovations will have global impact—we refer to this as African solutions to global problems.

Hard-won experience from HIV/AIDS, Ebola, tuberculosis and other diseases prepared African officials for rapid and strict containment of the novel virus. Contact tracing, mitigation, and reporting systems are already in place. So far, there’s no indication that the coronavirus has infected very large numbers of Africans—particularly the urban poor—although this

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If you are looking to get into business for the first time, or looking for a side hustle to augment your income or looking for a second or even third business to venture into, look no further.

We share some business ideas for 2020, with every business meeting the criteria of having the potential to make you a millionaire, being in demand and having potential to automate.


In statistics released in January 2020 by, the most downloaded Apple App Store category in November 2019 was gaming at 22.37 per cent. Business apps, the second most downloaded category stood at 10.12 per cent of the 33 categories featured.

According to the website, Google play store app most downloaded category in the fourth quarter was gaming at 13.35 percent, followed by education at 8.95 per cent.

With these statistics in mind, gaming seems to be a good business to venture…

Ride the wave of the African Continental Free Trade Area, urges Adesina

Ride the wave of the African Continental Free Trade Area, African Development Bank (ADB) president Adesina Urged United Kingdom investors.

Speaking at the UK Parliamentary Symposium, Mr Adesina said Africa is on the cusp of unmatched economic transformation and the United Kingdom must engage in a partnership of change.

“The Africa of the 21st century is very different. The Africa of the 21st century is new and more confident,” he said
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Africa with the Royal African Society, Oxford Brookes University, and the Trade Justice Network organized the symposium under the theme UK-Africa Trade and Brexit.

Adesina said that Africa and the United Kingdom should be significant trading partners. “The reality, however, is that UK’s trade with Africa is trending downwards. From a $49 billion peak in 2012, trade decreased to $30.6 billion in 2018,” he noted.

Also Read: AfDB president woos UK investors to take

Top 10 countries to invest in Africa


Top 10 countries to invest in Africa 2020 an annual report released by Johannesburg –based Rand Merchant Bank Ltd (RMB)

1. Egypt

Egypt has an enormous market and a sophisticated business sector, which makes it the most attractive investment destination in Africa, compared to other countries.
Egypt has improved the business environment, which is facilitated through government programs and a progressive increase in investment from the private sector. This has enhanced its economic growth and assisted in repositioning the country on the global investment map.

2. Morocco

Since the Arab Spring, the country’s greatly enhanced operating environment has served the country well with an expected growth rate of 4% over the medium term.
Morocco joining the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and rejoining African Union has enhanced its investment appeal.

3. South Africa

South Africa remains a hotspot for portfolio investment despite its depressed levels of …

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Looking for growth opportunities? Africa is a continent with huge economic potential.

It has been gradually transformed in the past 20 years and we are on the cusp of significant growth, with blossoming entrepreneurship and plenty of opportunities for smart and simple business solutions.

Africa is on the rise

Africa is a 1.2bn-person market, a number expected to double over the next 30 years. Generally, business leaders tend to overestimate the challenges of doing business in Africa and underestimate the size and potential on the African continent. Thereby not stating that the African markets are easy to do business in, but emphasising that they are worth the effort, and companies not engaged in African markets risk losing out on one of the 21st century’s great growth opportunities.

One of the fastest growing economies in Africa

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world but it will see large-scale …

African Development Bank Vice President Mateus Magala told Lusa that Mozambique faces the challenge of putting natural resource gains at the service of inclusive and sustainable development.

“The big challenge for the next decade is how to put these huge natural resources at the service of the accelerated, inclusive and sustainable growth of Mozambique’s economy,” head of AfDB’s Corporate Services and Human Resources, Mateus Magala, said.

Magala is in Mozambique to witness the signing of financing agreements for the Temane – Maputo power transmission line on Wednesday.

Also Read: AfDB joins private equity firm AfricInvest for Africa equity kitty

The AfDB vice president described the current phase in Mozambique as “historic”, marked as it is by announcements of major investments in natural resources and electricity.

“Today, it is a certainty that Mozambique will, in the coming years, be among the largest gas producing countries in the world, opening the doors …