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Trade and investment opportunities in Africa

US firms are increasingly interested in the commercial opportunities in Africa. Major private equity firms, including the Carlyle Group, have launched Africa-focused funds valued in the hundreds of millions. Leading US technology companies are investing in new ventures and start-ups across the continent.  IBM has invested at least $100 million, with new Innovation Centres in Lagos and Casablanca.
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Emerging market assets and risk premia

It is generally assumed (some might say intuitively) that investors expect higher returns from investing in riskier assets. This is also true within a single geography, where investors expect higher returns from investments made into equities than they would from a government bond. When investing in emerging or frontier market equities, there are a number of components of risk to consider.
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Imara Investing in Africa news update

Bond issuance volumes from sub-Saharan African have already surpassed last year’s levels with Nigeria leading the trend of corporate issuance and the promise of more to come. The Kenyan parliamentary committee that investigated the award of the KES 14,9bn (USD 170,1m) integrated security surveillance tender to the telecoms firm on Thursday 24 July said it had not found any irregularities in the deal.
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Innovation Prize for Africa 2015 now open

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) is calling on all African innovators to submit their entries for the fourth edition of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition. The IPA is presented annually, enabling and encouraging African pioneers to develop creative ideas and techniques to overcome some of the challenges faced by the continent and support sustainable development.
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Recycling mobiles – a French African initiative

The fifth mobile collection facility was inaugurated in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in the presence of the Ivoirian Minister for the Environment, Urban Cleanliness and Sustainable Development, Kouadio Remi ALLA and the CEO of the Orange Côte d’Ivoire Télécom group, represented by Joseph PITAH, Director of Networks and Information Systems. A container loaded with 10 tonnes of mobile waste will leave the Côte d’Ivoire for recycling in France.
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Nigeria is rising

The world is well aware of the concerns around terrorism and Nigeria’s ongoing struggle with poverty. However, a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) and McKinsey’s Nigeria office, “Nigeria’s renewal: Delivering inclusive growth in Africa’s largest economy”, examines the country’s economic potential and finds that with the right reforms and investments, it can become one of the world’s leading economies by 2030.