Research with Global Opinion Leaders

Informed Investors can Prosper in Africa

Strategic Communications

September 11, 2015

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An overwhelming majority of opinion leaders surveyed ahead of the 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF) in South Africa are upbeat about the investment prospects for the continent in the near term, even though half continue to view Africa as a risky investment destination.

FTI Consulting’s survey of opinion leaders who attended the WEF in Nigeria in 2014 and are planning to attend the South Africa conference this year identified east and West Africa as the most promising regions for investors. They see telecommunications and infrastructure projects as likely to be the most valuable investment targets. A majority also expect an increase in M&A activity.

At the same time, both business leaders and African governments have work to do to make the continent more attractive to investors. Respondents said businesses need to become more effective communicators and African governments should be more realistic about what investments can achieve.


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About the Authors

Max Gebhardt

Managing Director, Head of Strategic Communications, South Africa

Caroline Parker

Managing Director

John Lisle

Managing Director, Head of Economic and Financial Consulting, South Africa