Obtaining conventional bank loans is still proving to be problematic for both foreign and local companies importing or exporting goods into or out of Africa.
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Update on Zimbabwean indigenisation
The Zimbabwean Minister responsible for indigenisation published General Notice 9 of 2016, the “Frameworks, Procedures and Guidelines for Implementing the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Act".
Where is the diamond? A review of dispute credentials of Sub-Saharan Africa
This series will aim to locate the jewel in Africa’s crown. We focus on the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, which is a key factor for investors considering potential markets in which to invest.
Uganda introduces Islamic Banking and Bancassurance
Driven by the need for a progressive and globally appealing financial sector Uganda recently enacted the Financial Institutions (Amendment) Act 2016 to amend the Financial Institutions Act 2004.
Mozambique farmers ready to reap the benefits of investment
African Development Bank (AfDB) announced that between 2016 and 2017 it hopes to triple the level of support it provides to Mozambique. This would mean funds of around US$1.7 billion earmarked for Mozambique.
Djibouti: Becoming a key player in Africa
With a population of a mere 875,000 and a GDP figure of $1.58 billion, the state of Djibouti rarely makes international headlines. But things are changing.
What comfort does South Africa’s Protection of Investment Act provide to foreign investors?
South Africa’s current radical approach to investment protection is raising questions amongst foreign investors.
Financing projects in Africa: looking back and it’s not all doom and gloom
Lower commodity prices made 2015 a somewhat challenging year for project finance but despite the negative outlook, African deals are still being brought to market, securing finance for longer term investments.
Renewable energy generation and the need to store it
The interplay between energy storage technology and renewable energy generation is particularly relevant in Africa as it holds the potential to unlock economic growth.
Africa’s challenging path to becoming an agri superpower
Despite the continent’s potential to become a major agribusiness player, the regulatory environment is not yet supportive enough to attract large investments.