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Developing investment

Africa's robust and consistent growth over the past few decades makes the region a very attractive destination for investment, but the inherent risks and challenges must be adequately managed, advises Geoff Cook

19 December 2014

The 'developing' label placed on many nations and regions across the world is looking increasingly out of date, with the massive global economic growth witnessed over the last century, which is largely the result of increased international money flows.

Foreign investment is vital for countries looking to repeat the economic expansion seen over the past few decades, and Africa is a case in point. An independent report we launched in November 2014, 'Jersey's Value to Africa', examines Africa's future investment needs, and considers where the required funding could come from.

The figures are surprising. The continent's potential is huge, but in order to realise it, Africa's capital stock will need to increase by an estimated six times by 2040, and its economy would need to quadruple over the same period. By 2040, Africa will require a cumulative investment of $

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