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During David Mataen's 13 years in financial services spanning commercial banking, stock brokerage, management consultancy and investment banking he has had the singular opportunity of becoming a scholar of African investing. His travels and tours of duty across the continent, though not to each and every corner, have allowed him to put his hand on the pulse and feel the heartbeat of African economies. Being born, bred and educated, and having worked in Africa grants David the luxury of being first witness to the comings and goings in the continent, especially its commerce and economics. In his two and a half years as a contributing columnist to Business Daily, a publication of the Nation Media Group, he wandered far and wide intellectually and picked up invaluable insights, broad perspectives and sound reflexes that have become a foundation for his analysis of business on the continent. Add to this his habits of extensive reading in finance and economics, and intense fascination with systems and their mechanics, which has favoured him the unique privilege of discovering just a little more of Africa's economic soul. David's travels outside of Africa gave him glimpses of a future Africa, when it grows up, and of what it has to do to reach that point. Above all, he is a hopeless romantic about the future and the intuitive signs of the future that appear in the course of ordinary life and business in the present. David is currently the head of Corporate Finance at Faida Investment Bank in Nairobi, Kenya.
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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Harriman House (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857191721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857191724
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Sacks on September 12, 2012
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David Mataen succinctly exposes the little known emergent side of Africa's economic landscape- his unique cultural insights have gone a long way to explaining a number of complex issues including land ownership and credit extension-

The book is aptly divided into three parts giving the subject an evolutionary perspective. Part I is largely historical in form, recounting the path and the attendant turns and twists which ultimately manifest in the demographic, cultural, social, government policy and financial system factors that have culminated in readying Africa for take-off. Part II dwells on the infrastructure deliberately put in place by both governments and private developers to ease access to resources and develop efficiencies necessary to exploit these resources. Finally, Part III focuses on the investment opportunities that are the product of this evolutionary process. The opportunities are sector-wide, touching on Manufacturing and Processing, Telecoms, Financial Services, Real Estate, Consumer Retail and Transport and Logistics.

This book is hugley useful to any investor; prospective or active who may be thinking start-up or expansion. The African economic landscape has finally come of age. The land is so fertile with huge growth potency just waiting to be tapped. Yet it remains grossly underexploited mainly for lack of information. This book gives an authoritative insight into the existence and character of the sleeping giant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniele Mellana on June 20, 2013
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"Africa - the Ultimate Frintier market" is the best and most comprehensive gateway to Africa's business environment and its arising opportunities. It elaborates on all sector-specific features without overwhelming the reader with heaps of statistics.
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Over-all great book, however I would have liked to see more information on healthcare, and Information Technology. My take on this book, Africa is one of the most ripe emerging markets in the world. A continent full of a predominantly young and eager population, Africa is in the most perfect position for development that it has ever been in during its long history. As more companies gradually invest in Africa and humanitarian organizations help shore up the infrastructure in many of its more undeveloped nations, Africa is becoming a fertile ground for developing industries.
Information technology, health care, education, medical tourism, and business are all areas that are starting to emerge as strong players in the African economy, and further investments in these areas can make Africa competitive with many of the world's developed western nations, while improving the quality of life for its residents. Now lets talk about healthcare. Health Care--In terms of health care, Africa is still far behind other nations in quality and availability of medical services. It currently relies on investments from foreign governments and humanitarian groups to provide most of its healthcare funding. The governments of Africa met in 2000 to determine the best ways to spend national currency on healthcare. The three main areas they decided to focus on were reducing infant mortality, improving maternal healthcare, and combating AIDS/HIV, malaria, and other epidemic diseases on the continent. To date, only Rwanda, Botswana, Zambia, and Togo have kept up with their promise to spend 15 percent of their national budgets on these healthcare issues.
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This book on Frontier Markets and the compelling long-term investment case for Africa is a must read for any investors who is worried about their pension and old-age retirement funds. It is one of the best books on Africa and Investing that I have read in a long time. The subject area is still over-looked and under-researched but David's book on Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market is filling this cap. Most investors wanted to buy Apple when the stock was at $700, only a few brave investors were willing to buy APPLE shares at $25 or even at $100 dollars. Similar fortunes will be made by foresighted investors in Africa, if you are willing to be an early believer. Reading David's book will give you the roadmap, insights and knowledge to profit from the The Ultimate Frontier Market.
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By A Customer on August 24, 2014
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