Agriculture has been identified as the most promising sector for investment in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a survey released by Dubai Chamber.
The survey polled participants of previous editions of the Global Business Forum Africa (GBF Africa), including traders and investors, and explored their insights and views on various aspects of investment across the continent. The findings shed light on investment trends in Africa that will be discussed at the forthcoming Global Business Forum Africa (GBF Africa 2021), which is organised by Dubai Chamber and Expo 2020 Dubai.
The high-level event will take place October 13-14 at Expo 2020 Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The survey found that 61 per cent of respondents believed that agriculture represented the most lucrative area for investment in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, followed by telecommunications at 45 per cent.
In addition, cash was the preferred option for investment among 61 per cent of respondents, followed by commodities at 48 per cent, hedge and private equity funds at 42 per cent, bonds at 32 per cent, stocks at 24 per cent, mutual funds at 18 per cent and Exchange Traded Funds at 15 per cent. The abundance of natural resources was the factor identified as the one that most positively impacts investment opportunities ahead of economic growth, demographics, domestic markets, a large low-cost labour force and the political and social environment.
Of the 10 sub-Saharan countries included in the survey, Ghana was identified as the most favourable destination for investment, with 63 per cent of respondents highlighting the country. This was followed by 62 per cent who pointed to Nigeria as being the most promising destination.
Ghana also scored highly as the sub-Saharan African country deemed to be the easiest to do business in terms of foreign direct investment, tying with Rwanda - both with a score of 53 per cent.
Transparent business regulations and a legal framework were most likely to boost trade relations between Africa and the GCC, with 66 per cent of respondents highlighting these factors. Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence were regarded as offering the most investment potential in a post pandemic world, followed by blockchain, drones, virtual reality, robotics, 3D printing and augmented reality.
GBF Africa 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai will be structured around three pillars: Reset, Restore and Definers, with the first pillar exploring new ways that African countries can work together to deliver on the promise of the AfCFTA, while the second focuses on models for innovative and sustainable trade, and the third assessing the resilience of the continent’s emerging businesses and the role of government in providing an enabling infrastructure for commerce and trade.
As the Official Business Partner to Expo 2020 Dubai, Dubai Chamber is running a series of commerce and trade initiatives throughout the six months of the event, including three of its flagship global business forums; GBF Africa, GBF Latin America and the inaugural GBF ASEAN, in addition to the 12th World Chambers Congress.