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Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market: A guide to the business and investment opportunities in emerging Africa Paperback – July 2, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.