African countries offer enormous economic potential and lucrative investment and partnership prospects. There are a variety of reasons why investors from all over the world are becoming interested in Africa.
For those with long-term investment plans, Africa presents a great opportunity. This is because, from a global investment standpoint, Africa remains “undiscovered,” leading to what many believe are extremely low valuations in both debt and equity investments. These, in turn, provide appealing entry points, particularly in comparison to values in many more established markets.
Furthermore, Africa is experiencing a major population surge; now, Africa accounts for 17% of the world’s population. Africa is growing at a rate of double the population of France every two years. Projections state that it will double in size by 2050. Between 2050 and 2100, it is anticipated to double to 4.3 billion people. As such it will account for up to 40% of the world’s population. To meet the requirements of its rising population, African economies must diversify. They need to consider new sectors such as telecommunications, consumer, and infrastructure are fast-growing.
Here are the top 10 investment attractive countries in Africa, according to experts:
1. Egypt: While Egypt’s economy was hard hit by the pandemic, it was also one of the first to bounce back to a path of growth. This, owing to the swift measures it introduced and the fact that it been on a stronger footing at the outbreak of COVID-19.
2. Morocco: The economy of Morocco continues to benefit from political stability. A special fund to combat COVID-19 was established in 2020, representing 2.7% of GDP. Two-thirds of the funds were to be provided by private sources and one third by the government.
3. South Africa: The southern-most country in Africa offers a strong manufacturing and retail base that will continue to support southern African regional economies with goods and services.
4. Rwanda: Rwanda continues to benefit from the efforts it has made to improve its operating environment. Furthermore, as part of the National Strategy for Transformation (NST), various investments should support the construction and energy sectors over the next few years.
5. Botswana: The country has high foreign exchange reserves, which have enabled it to weather the pandemic-induced economic storm better than most. The Pula Fund, a sovereign fund created in 1994 that finances a large part of the budget deficit, has meant that fiscal dependency on debt has been low.
6. Ghana: Ghana entered the current crisis on a relatively stronger footing than its African peers. Structurally, its economy has seen major shifts over the past few years, positioning it for significant growth going forward. This is supported by primary-sector industries like oil and gold and accelerated development in the tertiary sector.
7. Mauritius: Aided by an extremely favourable tax regime, its financial sector will remain one of the main drivers of Mauritius’ economy into the future – notably through cross-border investment activities and banking services.
8. Côte d’Ivoire (CIV): A rise in private investment should continue to fuel construction, agri-industry and services (trade, transport and ICT in particular). Private investment will benefit from the impetus provided by public investment under the 2016-20 National Development Plan.
9. Kenya: According to RMB, the Kenyan government’s efforts to ensure that implementation of the “Big Four” plan focused on industrialisation, universal health coverage, food security and affordable housing will invariably lead to fast economic growth.
10. Tanzania: Tanzania has been on a rapid path of development over the past few years. This growth can be attributed to consistent public investment from the government in key secondary and tertiary sectors, ranging from the energy sector to advancements in the telecommunications and finance sectors.