Snapshot Africa
Snapshot Africa (2.7 MB PDF file)
Snapshot Africa (by country)
Investment Information on Sub-Saharan Africa

Benchmarking FDI Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa

As Africa continues its progress in offering profitable investment opportunities, it is increasingly important to provide prospective foreign investors accurate and up-to-date information about the business operating environment in a timely fashion. Snapshot Africa, using benchmarking techniques commonly used by companies seeking a new global investment location, provides a glimpse into the cost and quality factors that a number of current investors in Africa experience.

Presented in Snapshot Africa are investment costs such as: real estate, utility, transport, labor costs, and quality conditions such as: business climate, corruption, quality of utilities and infrastructure, and availability of labor. These indicators were acquired through desktop research and close to 300 interviews with investors currently operating in Africa. The countries involved in this report include: Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda, covering the textile, apparel, horticulture, food and beverage processing, call center and hotel sectors.

The findings of the report show that Africa is ready for business and possesses characteristics that make it a contender for investment for selected sectors. In addition, foreign investors have already chosen a number of locations to operate their business and are finding remarkable success in developing horticulture, processed foods, tourism facilities and call centers. Please download the complete report, or the country specific extracts, in order to learn more about investing in Africa.

Snapshot Africa is the fifth in the Snapshot series. It is a result of a benchmarking exercise aimed at gathering necessary but hard-to-come-by information for investors; it also systematically compares these countries for their potential to attract investment. The benchmarking exercise is a MIGA Technical Assistance project, with funding from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and also the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). MIGA's techncial assistance unit has since been merged into FIAS.

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