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Egypt, the only country in the Middle East and North Africa not to enter recession during 2020, already exhibited a strong acceleration in digitalisation during the years leading up to the pandemic. However, as with many countries in the region, the Covid-19 outbreak has led to unprecedented and fundamental changes across all industries, largely as a result of digitalisation.

With the effects of Covid-19 still being felt in Egypt, industrial exports are shaping up to be a key driver of the country’s economic recovery.

The African PE industry has become increasingly complex and diverse, with the arrival of global institutional investors in recent years paving the way for some of the world’s largest firms to enter the market. Between 2014 and 2019 the total value of the 1053 PE deals reported in Africa reached $25.4bn. While deal volumes have maintained an upward trend, their value has gradually eased, suggesting growing investor interest but smaller deal sizes. Moreover, in addition to consumer-driven industries, PE fund managers have diversified their strategies to invest across a variety of sectors such as IT, renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate.

For many countries across Africa, agriculture remains one of the most important sectors of the economy. Agriculture accounts for 14% of total GDP in sub-Saharan Africa, and a majority of the continent’s population is employed in the sector.

This Growth & Recovery Video highlights the important aspects of the recently launched Agriculture in Africa 2021: Focus Report, published in partnership with OCP Group

Which factors contributed to the growth of private equity in Africa before the pandemic?

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