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Africa accounts for the lion’s share of live mobile money services, with 52 percent of global deployments, according to the 2013 industry report published by the GSMA Mobile Money for the Unbanked Program.

There are incipient signs of an investor reorientation toward Africa’s burgeoning consumer market. According to UNCTAD, some of the most attractive sectors during the past decade have been consumer-related manufacturing and services, e.g.

Cross-border merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, the main mode of private equity investment, suggests that private equity has yet to take off in Africa. Activity leveled off since the high points in 2006 and 2007, affected by the global hiatus in foreign direct investment by private equity funds.  

According to the World Investment Report 2013, released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Africa's FDI inflows in 2012 were driven partly by investments in the extractive sector in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritania, Mozambique and Uganda.

According to UNCTAD's 2013 World Investment Report, Africa is one of the few regions to enjoy year–over-year growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows since 2010. FDI into Africa grew to $50 billion in 2012, an overall 5 percent increase from 2011.

According the 2013 Economic Report on Africa, growth across the continent is benefitting from improved macroeconomic management and prudential macroeconomic policies that underpin strong public spending, especially on infrastructure and public services.

Growth rates varied in 2012 by subregion, but remained robust in all of them. West Africa registered the highest growth, followed by East Africa, North Africa including Libya, Central Africa and Southern Africa. Source: Economic Report on Africa 2013, UN-Economic Commission for Africa

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