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3rd Annual Africa Risk and Investment Forum

6 August 2014, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Grayston Drive, Sandton, Johannesburg 08h00-16h00

Whilst sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth outlook remains robust, the story of 2014 so far in the region has been about increased concerns over security. Dominant regional economies that include Nigeria and Kenya are both facing increasing security challenges. Undoubtedly the risk of terrorism, political and social instability is a threat to sustainable business activity in many countries on the continent. Despite these rising challenges, Africa presents attractive commercial opportunities. Drawn by the continent's promising prospects for strong economic growth and its abundant resources and growing consumer markets, multinational companies are entering and expanding their business footprints in Africa. The relatively high financial returns in Africa are a reflection of the perceived high risk of doing business on the continent. The forum will address the following headlines that business needs to consider when entering the economies of the region and ultimately succeeding in building sustainable businesses:

o How do we address and mitigate security risk on the continent?      

o How vulnerable is Africa to external macro-economic factors & financial shocks?      

o How do companies navigate political and governance risk in Africa?      

o How do we manage risk in the rollout of infrastructure projects in the region?      

o What risks are emerging on the horizon for the continent that business must be aware of?    




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