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Africa Risk-Reward Index November 2018: investment climate strengthens as continent’s growth revives despite the drag from its biggest economies

The report now projects an accelerating resurgence in growth in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to the end of the decade that will see strengthening investment returns versus risk

Africa’s investment environment for both businesses and financial investors is now reviving, with a continuing and steady improvement in the trade-off between risk and reward as growth on the continent rebounds, the third edition of the Africa Risk-Reward Index from specialist risk consultancy Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com) and Oxford Economics (https://www.OxfordEconomics.com/) finds.…

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Investors’ risk-reward scores improve for West African economies

Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal register effectiveness of public economic reforms

Increased political stability, improved commodity prices and effective public economic reforms led to an improvement of the risk-reward score in several West African economies, according to the 2018 Africa Risk-Reward Index from Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com) and Oxford Economics. Ghana leads these positive developments for West Africa, recording the strongest improvement…

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Sharp rise in number of Islamist militant attacks in Africa

Attacks concentrated in Somalia, with Nigeria and Mali as the second most-prominent theatres of Islamist militant activity

Sub-Saharan Africa suffers under a sharp rise in the number of Islamist militant attacks. In its report Changing Patterns in Terrorism and the Threat to Business, Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com), the specialist global risk consultancy, finds that the number of incidents rose from 317 in 2013 to 1,549 for the period…

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Political risk remains the key consideration for dealmaking in Africa

The political uncertainty and weak macroeconomic situation that accounted for fewer deals in Africa’s largest markets in 2017 look set to ease over the coming year

Political risk will remain a major concern for dealmakers in Africa in 2018. According to a recent report, Resourceful dealmaking: Outlook for M&A in Africa, published by Mergermarket in collaboration with specialist risk consultancy Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com), there has been a dramatic fall in M&A activity, with declines of 25%…

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Top five business risks for West Africa

Signs of economic recovery for West Africa as Nigeria exits recession – Militancy and political uncertainty remain key risks for businesses in 2018

As Nigeria exits the recession of 2017, investor sentiment across West Africa is likely to experience uplift in 2018. Still, political uncertainty ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential elections and on-going security concerns are among the key risks for businesses operating in the region, says specialist global risk consultancy Control Risks…

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Africa’s economic giants face increasing competition from upcoming Kenya and Ethiopia

New Africa Risk-Reward Index provides investors with a synthesis of risks and opportunities across the African continent

Africa’s economic giants, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt, have been stumbling recently. Rising security risks and political instability in Egypt, economic downturn and militancy in Nigeria and escalating political risks in South Africa led to doubts whether the balance between risks and opportunities in these markets is still favourable for…

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RiskMap 2017. West Africa: No smooth sailing in the “New normal”

Macro-economic instability fuelled by low oil prices and global economic sentiment will continue to be the main driver of business risks across West Africa in 2017

African nations vying to emerge as the commercial gateway for foreign direct investment, offer opportunities but also unknown threats for business Macroeconomic factors: low oil price and global economic sentiment will be the primary driver of instability across the continent. Internal political uncertainty across a number of key nations will…

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African deal making reaches turning point – major obstacles remain

290 deals recorded in 2015 – the highest volume since 2007

After several years of steadily increasing M&A activity, African deal making has made the final step to firmly entrench itself into the global marketplace. Despite political turmoil in many countries, a prolonged downturn in the commodities cycle and related currency risk, Africa’s top economies have maintained investor interest with strong…

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RiskMap 2016: West African nations striving to escape the commodities downturn in an era of increasingly transnational security threats & issues

African governments will need to be resilient to withstand the electoral, constitutional and financial pressures that will test governments across the region in 2016. This is one of the key messages of RiskMap 2016, published today by global business risk consultancy Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com). RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying…

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RiskMap 2016: Excitement over “People Power” in Africa will not continue in 2016

RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying trends in global risk and security, and provides a detailed view from the markets that will matter most in 2016

People power witnessed in 2014 and 2015, for example in changes of government in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, will be proved limited in 2016. A combination of elections, constitutional pressures and financial difficulties will test governments across the region, including in Chad, Uganda, Congo (Brazzaville), Angola and South Africa. Incumbents…