Africa Focus – March 2014

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Adams & Adams Africa Focus – our quarterly publication that is produced exclusively for and tailored to the specific interests of you, our valued clients and team members. The over-arching theme for this edition is ‘Doing business in Africa’ – a topic of great interest to all of our clients across the continent and further afield.

The featured article, authored by Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI) financial analyst, Ingi Salgado, explores how many African countries are fast improving their regulatory processes and making it easier to do business. This article, which draws from the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) Doing Business rankings for 2014, explores Africa’s diverse competitive environment, and then analyses those economies that have improved significantly.

The country in focus for this edition is Rwanda, with an article entitled “Rwanda: Doing business, better.” The article dissects Rwanda’s business environment – one which the World Bank ranks highly on its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index – and concludes Rwanda has made admirable strides in building the foundations upon which the urban, industrial and service sectors can grow, but that rudimentary challenges need to be resolved before any of Rwanda’s highly praised reform changes can serve a real purpose.

In line with this edition’s African business theme, we provide our readers with an insightful interview with Adam Choppin, the Lead Analyst for Emerging and Frontier Markets at the FIS Group. Mr Choppin shares his thoughts on an array of topics ranging from the 10th anniversary of the World Bank’s Doing Business Report, to advice for businesses considering expanding into Africa.

Download Africa Focus March 2014

  • Featured Article
    Cutting the red tape: Africa makes it easier to do business
  • Country in Focus
    Rwanda: Doing business, better
  • An interview with Adam Choppin
    Lead Analyst for Emerging and Frontier Markets, FIS Group