Aliko Dangote’s new refinery – which is expected to be operational in 2019 –represents a huge potential boost for the Nigerian economy. Of equal interest, it will also secure Dangote’s eminent position in Nigeria’s economic and political circles, potentially at the expense of some politically-connected individuals who are alleged to have improperly profited from importing refined petroleum.
Ghana’s extensive renewable energy resources are attracting increased attention from investors around the world. However, despite a sizeable market offering that holds significant long-term growth prospects, Ghana’s renewable energy sector is still relatively underdeveloped, and continues to suffer from weak and unclear policies and regulations.
The liberalisation of the DRC’s insurance sector, spearheaded by legislation opening the market to international players, is attracting increased attention. However, despite a sizeable market offering that holds the promise of growth prospects, the country’s challenging operating environment may serve to deter potential investors. As with any regulatory overhaul, teething issues are expected.
Over the next weeks Shadow Governance Intel will be releasing analysis that looking at China’s evolving interests in Africa. This will culminate in the release of a Report (available in the Store) that explores China’s burgeoning relationship with the Continent. The report, available in early October, details China’s key commercial actors in Africa, highlighting the trajectory of the main trends in this complex relationship.
Sonangol’s complex relationship with the Presidential office has created a de facto parallel government. Over the years it has operated outwith the traditional remit of a national oil company, exercising undue political and economic influence to the benefit of a select few. However, a combination of low global oil prices and restructuring will likely serve to finally curb its influence.
Italian oil company Eni’s most significant natural gas discovery off the coast of Mozambique in 2011 has served to strengthen both economic and commercial relations between the two countries. With both keen to take advantage of the burgeoning relationship, Italian investments in Mozambique are only expected to increase over the coming years.
A shortage of reliable power in Ghana continues to be a major obstacle for potential investors, but as the new government attempts to make good on its promise to develop the economy and attract investment, solving the power crisis is becoming a priority.
Depending on which stance is adopted, Egypt and Sudan are simultaneously the best of friends and the worst of enemies. It is no secret that these countries have their differences, with notable issues playing out publically. However, there is much that binds these two African nations and the recent friction must be understood in context, to gain a deeper understanding of the impact this may have on investments.
This is Part II of a two-part article reviewing Nigeria’s agriculture sector – its opportunities and key players. Today’s contribution reviews the key players involved in the production of rice, wheat, and sugar.
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The government of Nigeria is actively promoting the country’s agriculture sector as a viable alternative to oil. Various schemes and investment incentives have been introduced, but the sector remains hampered by lack of infrastructure. Despite this, several businesses are capitalising on the move to make agriculture a key industry once again. This analysis covers emerging sector opportunities, and reviews its key players.
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The peaceful transition of power in 2016 cemented Ghana’s reputation as one of Africa’s most stable democracies. Will this proven democratic stability be enough to attract badly-needed investment, or will looming corruption concerns and unreliable power supplies be the country’s unravelling?
A media campaign launched this month is putting pressure on the government of Ghana to crackdown on the lucrative illegal mining industry. Calls for new regulations and laws, however, will likley be met with resistance by Chinese stakeholders.
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