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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 (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,763,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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