Where to invest in Africa: Investment bank ranks top countries

One of the most important findings of Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) seventh edition of Where to invest in Africa is that the continent could find itself hovering on the brink of disaster if it continues to depend on its current economic fundamentals and does not usher in economic diversification.Where to invest in Africa 2018 highlights those countries which have understood the need to adapt to the prolonged slowdown in commodity [...]

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Breaking the Pattern: Getting Digital Financial Services Entrepreneurs in India and East Africa to Scale

More than 233 million people in India and 60 million people in East Africa still do not have accounts at formal financial institutions, and around half of small businesses lack access to formal credit. We know the enormous potential of digital financial services [DFS] - Kenya’s mobile-money platform, M-Pesa, and India’s mobile-wallet giant, Paytm, have already begun to help millions connect with the formal economy. And payments are just the [...]

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World Bank approves $345 million loan for Tanzania port expansion

The World Bank said on Sunday it had approved a $345 million loan for the expansion of a port in Tanzania's commercial The World Bank said on Sunday it had approved a $345 million loan for the expansion of a port in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam, which the East African country aims to turn into a regional gateway.Dar es Salaam is vying with the port of Mombasa in [...]

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Entrepreneur of the week: Eyecam Technologies

Entrepreneur of the week: EYECAM TECHNOLOGIESEyecam Technologies is a South-African company developing disruptive innovative products for the hunting and military industries. One of their major invention is the TRIGGERCAM. Using the riflescope as a lens, the TRIGGERCAM records everything seen with the eye of the shooter on high definition video.The primary application for TRIGGERCAM is offering hunters the opportunity to record their hunting experience. The product can also be used for [...]

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Why This Is The Time To Invest In Nigeria

Nigeria is Africa's largest economy with a population of about 180 million and rising. Within Nigeria is Lagos State the commercial capital with a population of about 20 million people and said to have the fifth largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. The size, scale and potential of Nigeria is truely immense and has implications not just for Nigeria but for the African continent as a whole. About one in five [...]

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InvestPlace attended the IBL Tecoma Award 2017

The InvestPlace team attended the IBL Tecoma Award 2017 yesterday.Yan Mayer, founder and director of Proxifresh, was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.Established in 2007, Proxifresh specializes in the import, export and distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables in Mauritius.Since its beginning, Yan Mayer has sought to steer Proxifresh's development around innovation by introducing a new way to eat fruits and vegetables with VegMe's "ready-to-eat" brand.Banking on external growth, [...]

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Finance part of the takeover of a hotel in BENIN!

Finance part of the takeover of a hotel in BENIN!This hotel is ranked second out of seven hotels in the "historical city of Ouidah" considered as an important touristic area . More information on : https://www.investplace.io/profile/ent-buujiyqa Contact us to request the information memorandum! [...]

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"The future is promising for Mauritius as an international finance centre"

- Interview of François de Senneville published in Presence - Rogers Group Magazine (No. 6) - Born and brought up in Mauritius, and practising in France, the lawyer François de Senneville believes that Mauritius offers far more than just advantageous tax rates to companies seeking to establish a presence in Africa.Other than its tax system, what are the advantages Mauritius can offer to companies seeking a foothold in Africa? Mauritius has [...]

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Residential real estate in Mauritius!

An exclusive survey was carried out by DCDM Research and statistics from Statistics Mauritius to realize a topography of residential real estate in Mauritius. Why ? Because housing has always been a major concern for Mauritians and today Mauritius has a rate of property that is constantly increasing and is among the highest in the world. In 2011, 89% of Mauritians owned their dwellings.81% of Mauritians lived with their parents [...]

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Compass, ENL's venture capital fund, invests in Reuniwatt !

To ensure the development of the region, energy and technology are essential. The venture capital fund of the Mauritian group ENL has therefore invested a million dollars in the start-up company Reuniwatt, specialized in the development of photovoltaic solutions.For more information: click here [...]

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Hope, the mobile platform to promote blood donation in Senegal

For almost a year, Diambars Mobile wants to fight against the shortages of blood in the sanitary structures of Senegal thanks to the digital platform Hope.Jean-Luc Semedo, co-creators of Hope with Cameroonian Evelyne Inès Ntonga says: "During a discussion with a doctor working at the National Center for Blood Transfusion in Dakar, he told us about the situation of alarming shortage to which had been, once, confronted the center ".This [...]

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New entrepreneur on investplace.io !

Dear members, Contribute to the financing of a dynamic company in the region, involved in  cloud data protection, and certified at a European level.Name : confidentialProfession : cloud data protection, development and distribution of IT security servicesRegion : Indian OceanNeed : Funding To know more : https://www.investplace.io/en/profile/ent-5kmziuvm [...]

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Ethiopia and Russia signed a Memorandum of Understanding

The agreement that was signed by the two countries ( Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ) was about Tourism, Culture and Protocol of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Trade Cooperation. The agreement was made at the end of the 6th meeting of the intergovernmental Ethio-Russia Commission. At the signing ceremony, Co-Chair of the Commission and Minister of Cabinet Affairs Alemayehu Tegenu said the meeting was crucial for Ethiopia in [...]

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Airbnb targets hosting double African customers this year

Online room rental service Airbnb, according to news agencies, is planning to maintain its rapid growth in Africa and double its customer digits to 1.5 million. Data shows, in 2016 , that the service already increased to 143 percent with more than 700, 000 individuals using it. South Africa is currently the most popular country when it comes to Airbnb listings and visitors with tourists visiting Africa from the UK, the United States, [...]

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New entrepreneur on InvestPlace.io!

Contribute to the financing of the first ‘crowdlending’ platform for Africa! A unique and promising project based in Reunion Island. More information on www.investplace.io.https://www.investplace.io/profile/ent-g07km3uy [...]

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Investment in Africa’s tech start-ups on the rise

 (This is Africa) From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable wifi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges. New data charting investment activity flowing into Africa’s tech start-ups shows that international investors are taking notice. According to Disrupt Africa, a portal for start-ups and accelerators across the region, tech start-ups on the continent raised more than $129m in 2016. Overall, 146 start-ups [...]

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Alert ! New deal on InvestPlace !

Financing the development of this company based in the Indian Ocean and specialized in the chartering of ships and exploitation of fishery products (toothfish and icefish)Should you want more insight, please request the teaser!Link: www.investplace.io/en/profile/ent-icv2cfnq   [...]

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InvestPlace on the Road: Registration is now open!

We are pleased to introduce you to our new project: InvestPlace on the Road, an « Investment Road Trip » taking place in South Africa with the theme « Africa 2.0 », from April 30th until May 7th, 2017.InvestPlace on the Road is a new concept fostering exchanges between international investors and high potential African entrepreneurs while combining business and leisure activities. This 1st edition will be limited to 15 participants, [...]

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InvestPlace, partner of African Business & Social Responsibility Forum

InvestPlace is pleased to sponsor the African Business & Social Responsibility Forum which will take place on 20th and 21st of February at Hotel Labourdonnais.In line with the logic of sustainable development, this forum aims to allow companies from the Continent to value their “success stories” and to get inspired by “best practices” into Societal Engagement. Date : 20 – 21 February 2017Location : Hotel Labourdonnais, Port-Lous  - MauritiusFurther information and [...]

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Business is booming in Africa - these 5 charts show how

(Weforum.org) Tumbling commodity prices and falling Chinese demand have hit African economies hard. But for all the bad news, the continent’s huge and young population still holds plenty of promise.Here are five charts that show some of the bright spots for business in Africa.The demographic dividendIn recent years, Africa has seen rapid population growth. By 2050 the UN predicts there will be 2.5 billion Africans, about a quarter of the [...]

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Call for Applications - 2017 SWITCH Africa Green

Does your start-up integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues? Do you need support to help to establish and grow your enterprise? SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green – SEED Awards. which invites applications from eco-inclusive enterprises in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda. This year, a particular focus is put on enterprises active in the agriculture, manufacturing, tourism and waste management sectors. Winning [...]

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InvestPlace on the Road: teaser 2

Here's another sneak peek of InvestPlace on the Road, our Investment Road Trip coming soon in South Africa.Enquire for more and book your ticket with Claire on (+230) 266 6783 - (+230) 57 31 54 13 - claire@investplace.io [...]

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7 predictions for the African tech startup space in 2017

Well that was 2016, folks, a bad year for famous people but another pretty good one for the African tech startup ecosystem.What can we expect from 2017, however? We look ahead to the next 12 months and speculate on how the scene will develop.Diagnostics will be a big dealIt has long been known that e-health has tremendous potential to make the delivery of healthcare in Africa more efficient. It is [...]

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Africa in 2016: what to remember ?

From Abidjan to Port-Louis via Nairobi, Africa of 2016 has undergone many economic changes. Between misses and outcomes, here is a summary of the main macro-economic lines of the continent in 2016 ...Doing Business 201747 African countries assessed by the Doing Businesses on improving the business environment have implemented 80 reforms between 2015 and 2016, it is learned from the publication of the 2017 report of this study. This performance [...]

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Could Mauritius be the new African hub?

Mauritius is only 65km long, 45km wide and 2,000km away from Africa. Yet there are strong indicators that this small island in the Indian Ocean may be the ideal gateway to Africa. In a period of great economic uncertainty right across the world and the collapse of commodity and extractives prices, investors need to work harder to find strong returns. We need to analyse what it is about Mauritius that [...]

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InvestPlace on the Road: so it begins!

You are an investor and want to make a first investment in Africa? Come and join us for an Investment Road Trip in South Africa where you will have the opportunity to meet start-ups with strong potential and network with local business facilitators. Book your seat: catherine@investplace.io - (+230) 59 34 07 42 [...]

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Household and Business Spending in Africa Will Reach $ 5.6 trillion by 2025, According to McKinsey

(Ecofin Agency) - Household and business spending in Africa will increase from 4,000 billion in 2015 to 5,600 billion by 2025, says the American consulting firm Mckinsey in the second edition of its analytical report on the prospects of African economies.Entitled "Lions on the Move II: Realizing the Potential of Africa's Economies", the report published on September 15 underlines that the potential of African economies remains huge despite the poor [...]

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Africa Partnership Conference: Mauritius, a Platform for Doing Business

The second edition of the Africa Partnership Conference was held in Mauritius on 20th and 21st September at the Intercontinental Hotel in Balaclava. Initiated by the Board of Investment of Mauritius (BOI) in partnership with the International Agency for Investment Promotion (WAIPA), this platform aimed to promote sustainable investment and doing business in Africa.Mauritius was erected this week as a platform for investment promotion and doing business in Africa. The Mauritian [...]

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Africa: Who attracts the most investment?

(Le Point Afrique) In its 2016 report on the attractiveness of Africa, EY  notes a rise in foreign direct investment. Where do these investments go?The Overall AttractivenessIn 2015, the average GDP growth rate in sub-Saharan Africa rose to 3.4%, against 6% in previous years. The reasons for this slowdown are not specific to Africa: a general slowdown in emerging economies is also noticeable. Despite this, the African continent has remained [...]

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Launch of the "Startup Challenge Digital Africa"

The Agence Française de Développement and BPI france jointly launched a digital innovation competition open to African and French start-ups working for the development of Africa.The "Digital Africa Start-up Challenge" is an innovation-focused competition  to promote the development of digital start-ups in Africa.4 sectors of activity have been selected:- Health- Fintech- Environment / energy- AgricultureAfrican and French start-ups have until the 15th of November 2016 to submit their applications in the fintech, health, [...]

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The 2016 ranking of African countries in terms of economic freedom, according to the Fraser Institute

(Ecofin Agency) - The Fraser Institute has been publishing every year for ten years a report on economic freedom in the world. The 2016 ranking is based on data collected at the end of 2014.The selected criteria include freedom of export and import, the quality of market regulation, the independence of the judiciary and the integrity of the legal system, ease of travel, the weight of government,  currencies availability, capital [...]

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Meet us at the Africa Partnership Conference 2016 !

InvestPlace is pleased to sponsor the Africa Partnership Conference which will take place the 20th and 21st of September at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava. Organised by the Board of Investment, this event will provide a unique platform to address the infrastructural funding gap, which is a major constraint to optimising FDI flows in Africa. The three key areas of this year’s programme will address the:- Attracting investment and private sector players to [...]

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Sovereign bonds in sub-Saharan Africa attract even more investors

(Ecofin Agency) - Ghana, who sought $ 750 million through the issuance of its latest Eurobond, finally received an order book of $ 4 billion from investors, as per a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance. This bond will be repaid in three installments every September, between 2020 and 2022. It is matched by an interest rate of 9.25% which, although significant, remains below the one that served the [...]

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InvestPlace successfully closed its first deal!

InvestPlace, the online platform for entrepreneurs, investors and experts of the Indian Ocean – Africa region, successfully closed its first deal! Greenvolved, a provider of eco-friendly cups found a strategic and financial partner, and consequently raised EUR 120 000 through our online marketplace. If you also want to grow and bring your business to the next step, join our one-stop-shop for dynamic stakeholders of the region and sign up on www.investplace.io   [...]

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South Africa overtakes Nigeria as Africa’s largest economy 

Based on gross domestic product at the end of 2015 published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), South Africa leapt over Nigeria to become Africa’s largest economy. Indeed, South Africa’s GDP is $301 billion while the size of Nigeria’s economy is $296 billion. The decline of the first african economy can be explained by the collapse of the naira and by falling oil prices. Political unrest linked to insecurity in oil extraction areas is also responsible for the [...]

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2016-2017 Budget

The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Pravind Jugnauth, presented the 2016-2017 budget at the National Assembly on 29 July 2016.The 2016-2017 budget puts particuliar emphasis on entrepreneurship and encourages private investment. There will be measures to support SMEs. For instance, « Trade and Licence Fees » less than 5 000 Rs will be suspended for small and medium-sized companies for the next three years (except for companies operating in gambling activities and the sale of alcoholic beverages). 17 [...]

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Brexit: where to invest in Africa?

In the aftermath of Brexit, the economies of the African continent - and in particular their financial markets - revved. The outcome of the British referendum will undoubtedly have an economic impact on Africa.That being said, Africa could actually see the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union as an opportunity. At least that is what emerges from a study conducted by the research center of the Ecobank Group and published in the guide [...]

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Invest Place: an innovative start-up with growing ambitions

Created in 2015 by young and dynamic entrepreneurs, Invest Place is an innovative start-up, definitely looking towards the Africa-Indian Ocean region.Its concept? Connecting professionals throughout the area - Entrepreneurs, Investors and Experts – thanks to a matchmaking platform fully digitised and controlled.Africa and its SMEs, playing an increasing role in the continent's socio-economic development process, have a bright future. However, the absence of a regional platform dedicated to professionals of the Africa-Indian Ocean region seemed completely at [...]

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Good country index: Mauritius ranks 1st in Africa

Once again, Mauritius moved up to the head of an international ranking... This time, it's for the Good country index. Conducted by Simon Anholt, professor at the University of East Anglia in Great-Britain, the Good country index is a new index measuring, how, internationally, each country contributes to the collective good.Among the 163 countries studied, Mauritius has ranked first in Africa, ahead of Tunisia and South Africa. The performance of Mauritius is even more gratifying knowing that [...]

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The 2016 International fair of Madagascar (FIM)

From May 17th to 21st 2016 in Antananarivo, capital city of Madagascar, was held the 11th edition of the International Fair of Madagascar (FIM). To mark this event, a team of experts from Reunion Island and the grouping of companies of Madagascar (GEM) have organized an encounter between the two countries to talk about sustainable development.The side-event has enabled companies of both countries to learn about the different private and public financing sources available as well [...]

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Ban Ki-Moon on official visit to Mauritius

From May 8th to 10th, 2016, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the UN, has been visiting Mauritius in the framework of the 23rd session of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) taking place in Africa for the very first time. During his official visit, the UN Secretary General has been very enthusiastic regarding the level of development and democracy in Mauritius, even calling the country "an example for the world." Hence, he defined Mauritius as an [...]

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Kenya will be the first African country to host the TICAD

On August 27th and 28th 2016, the 6th edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) will take place in Nairobi, Kenya. It is the very first time, since its creation in 1993, that this conference will be held in Africa. Launched in the early 1990’s by the Government of Japan, the TICAD aims to promote high-level political dialogue between Africa and its international partners as well as mobilize financial support in favour of African development [...]

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Mauritius signs an IPPA with Côte d’Ivoire

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Mauritius and Côte d'Ivoire have signed an Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement.During his official visit to Côte d'Ivoire, Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius, Xavier-Luc Duval, welcomed this economic rapprochement, ensuring that "this agreement is very important because it lays the foundation for Maurice to become the springboard investment to Côte d'Ivoire."Economic cooperation between the two countries should continue to go ahead in 2016. As announced by the Ivorian authorities, a double taxation [...]

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The challenges that young African entrepreneurs are facing

On March 2016, the Anzisha Prize published the Anzisha Youth Entrepreneurship Survey 2016. Conducted among 101 African entrepreneurs aged between 15 and 25 years old, this study gives a great snapshot of the challenges that young entrepreneurs are facing. Focussing on 5 areas (operating a business, namely growth, sales and marketing, human resources, funding and support), the survey reveals that more than three quarters (79%) are very confident about the future.Access to finance seems to be the biggest [...]

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2016 Index of Economic Freedom: Mauritius remains number 1 in Af

For the second year running, Mauritius was found the African country with the greatest economic freedoms, according to the annual study published on 2016, 1st of February by the US think tank Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. Globally, Mauritius is ranked at the 15th position, out of 178 countries.Despite losing 5 ranks in one year, Mauritius is definitely a very economically dynamic and integrated country.  It has an even better ranking that many [...]

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First article on InvestPlace in Businessmag! To read!

Find enclose the link for our first article on InvestPlace in Businessmag! http://www.businessmag.mu/article/investplace-lieu-de-rencontre-entre-entrepreneurs-investisseurs-et-experts [...]

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Q4 2015: InvestPlace Launching

The first marketplace dedicated to entrepreneurs, investors, experts of Indian Ocean and Sub-Saharan Africa [...]

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European road show: presentation of Investplace

We will be in London, Paris, Geneva, Lausanne and Luxembourg between 18 November and 5 December 2015. Contact us for an appointment: contact@investplace.io [...]

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New Tripartite Agreement being ratified

New Tripartite Agreement being ratified [...]

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Obtenir le statut de résident investisseur à Maurice : Mode d’em

Maurice est une économie florissante où il y a de nombreux avantages à investir. Cependant les réglementations et démarches à suivre peuvent être compliquée pour ceux qui ne sont pas initiés. Afin de présenter d’une manière claire et concise les bénéfices qu’un investissement représente nous avons décidé d’écrire un article sur [...]

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