As East Africa’s largest economy, Kenya has seen its economy grow by more than 4% for the last three years, according to data from the World Bank, while an improvement in fiscal indicators and a new constitution encouraging devolution have helped to improve governance and the public balance sheet.
Report | The Report: Ghana 2014
Ghana has developed a reputation as a robust and stable democracy, and with a storied legacy of pan-African initiatives it has long punched above its weight diplomatically. While the recent oil boom following the discovery of the offshore Jubilee field in 2007 has helped to fuel GDP growth as much as 14% over recent years, it is now projected to slow to a more modest 4.5% in 2014.
Report | The Report: Jordan 2014
In 2014 Jordan’s population reached 6.64m, as regional turbulence saw an influx of refugees from neighbouring countries. Jordan, however, remains stable as it pushes ahead with the political reforms announced in 2011. The economy continues to revive following the global economic downturn, while government commitments to tackle structural issues in the economy bode well for future growth.
Articles & Analysis | Helping out the locals: Making an effort to support SMEs while carrying out national priority projects in infrastructure from The Report: Gabon 2014
Launched in June 2012, the National Infrastructure Master Plan (Schéma Directeur National d’ Infrastructure, SDNI) has 21 priority projects to be carried out until 2025 in key sectors such as energy, transport, special economic zones, tourism, telecoms and urban development. Funding for these major projects would ideally come from multiple...
Articles & Analysis | High returns: Demand is driving growth in key segments like affordable housing from The Report: Gabon 2014
In many ways, Gabon would seem like a natural fit for a high-turnover residential market, particularly in the middle- and upper-income segments, given that the country has one of the highest levels of GDP per capita based on purchasing power parity in sub-Saharan Africa. However, Gabon also grapples with a traditionally low saving rate, issues...