Investment Climate and Trends –

Africa Investor (Ai) – World Bank Strategic Dialogue with African Banks and Investors. Washington, DC. 19 April 2013

Watch these and several other YouTube videos of presentations (posted by hdanso)

The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF).  African Union/NEPAD

Doing Business Project. The World Bank Group

The Rise and Rise of the African Middle Class. Deloitte & Touche. 2013

Kenya’s Political Risk Dampens Investment Climate. The East African. January 26.2013.

‘Doing Business in Africa’ Campaign Launched. United States Embassy (Nairobi). 26 November 2012

Investment Climate Statements 2012. (Several African Countries). Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State. June 2012.  Investment Climate Statements provide a thorough description of the overseas environments in which U.S. investors must operate. The statements cover general characteristics, such as openness to foreign investment and treatment of foreign investors, as well as details about procedures for licensing and similar administrative matters. The statements are updated each year as Chapter 7 in the Country Commercial Guides, a series to be found by country at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s website:

Building Bridges: Africa Attractiveness Survey 2012.  Ernst & Young

Business and Investment Climate in Africa. June 2012. Africa Mentor. Experts and institutions give their opinions on African investment and business climate and opportunities.

Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa – Maintaining Growth in an Uncertain World. International Monetary Fund. October 2012

The Investment Climate Program – Africa Finance and Private Sector Development, The World Bank

Investment Climate in Africa (Video). World Bank Africa Chief Economist Shanta Devarajan discusses the reasons behind Africa’s recent economic growth and the impact it is having on the continent’s investment climate.

Investment Climate Program. The World Bank Group

Investment Climate (Sub-Saharan Africa). International Finance Corporation.

Corporate Council on Africa (Washington, DC)

Investment Climate and Business Environment Research Fund.

Why cities, not countries, should drive investment decisions in AfricaAfrican Leadership Network

NEPAD’s APRM and the Investment Climate in Africa. Emmanuel Nnadozie, Kavazeua Katjomuise and Ralf Krüger. OECD.

Africa must improve investment climate to sustain its economic growth. Shimelse Ali and Uri Dadush.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

African Investment Climate Is Heating Up!

African Investment Climate Research (Africres)

Investment Climate (Africa).

2012 African Economic Conference (Kigali, Rwanda) – Website

South African Investment Climate ‘Solid’. December 18, 2012.

Africa Faces Many Challenges with Respect to Regional IntegrationAfrican Development Bank. 2 November 2012

Africa Attempts to Assess the Impact of Capital Flight African Development Bank. 2 November 2012

Climate Investment Funds (CIF).  African Development Bank. Part of the AfDB’s commitment to supporting Africa’s move toward climate resilience and low carbon development is expanding access to international climate change financing. The AfDB is implementing the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), a pair of funds designed to help developing countries pilot transformations in clean technology, sustainable management of forests, increased energy access through renewable energy, and climate-resilient development.

IFC to Build on $4bn Investment in Africa. Ventures- September 5, 2012.

Obasanjo Tasks African Leaders On Conducive Investment Climate. Leadership (Nigeria). July 24, 2012.

Investment Climate Program in Africa – Four Country Impact Assessment. (Burkina Faso, Liberia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone) World Bank. 2011.

Better Investment Climate Needed, Expert Tells Africa. Victor Karega. All May 17, 2011.

2011 African Economic Conference (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), October 2011 — Website.

Second best? Investment Climate and Performance in Africa’s Special Economic Zones. Thomas Farole. World Bank. October 2010.

IFC: better investment climate in Africa. YouTube. July 16, 2010.

Weak Business Investment Climate, Poor Economic Growth and Africa’s Poor Socio-Economic DevelopmentDr. Brian Vincent Ikejiaku. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (Volume 12, No.1, 2010).

The Investment Climate in Tanzania: Views of Business Executives. Lucas katera. Africa 2009.

China’s Private Sector Investment and the Investment Climate in Africa. Jing Gu and John Humphrey. Institute of Development Studies. 2009.

Improving the Investment Climate in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nigel Twose. NEPAD – OECD Conference. 12 December 2006.

The Investment Climate Facility for Africa: Does it Deserve U.S. Support?  Todd Moss and Sarah Rose. Center  For Global Development. August 21, 2006.

  • Why The Investment Climate Facility for Africa Deserves U.S. Support. A Response to the CGD Note: The Investment Climate Facility for Africa: Does it Deserve U.S. Support? By Niall FitzGerald, Chairman of Reuters and Co-Chair of the ICF

Chinese Take a Turn at Turning a Sub-Saharan Profit. Lydia Polgreen. New York Times. August 18, 2006

The Cost of Doing Business in Africa : Evidence from the World Bank’s Investment Climate Data. World Bank. 2005.

Business Environment and Comparative Advantage in Africa: Evidence from the Investment Climate Data. Benn Eifert, Alan Gelb, and Vijaya Ramachandran. 2005.

Africa: A historic opportunity – G8 Communique on Africa. 8 July 2005

G8 – Business Action for Africa summit – July 5-6

High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development. United Nations. 27-28 June 2005

Report of the Secretary-General on “Strengthening the role of the private sector and entrepreneurship in Financing for Development”

Africa Economic Summit. A call to action. 1-3 June 2005, Cape Town, South Africa

A Changing Continent: The Africa You Never See. Carol Pineau. Washington Post. April 17, 2005

AFRICA 2005. Corporate Council on Africa

Global Development Finance 2005: Mobilizing Finance and Managing Vulnerability

Easy Ways to Aid Africa. Sebastian Mallaby. Washington Post. March 21, 2005

Transparency can alleviate poverty. George Soros. Financial Times. March 16 2005

Our Common Interest: The Report of the Blair Commission for Africa. 11 March 2005

Commentaries and critiques: The Blair Commission for Africa: Commentaries & Critiques

Striving for Good Governance in Africa – Synopsis of the African Governance Report 2005. Economic Commission for Africa

Africa’s Opportunity, the World’s Obligation. Op-ed by Gobind Nankani, World Bank Vice-President for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region.

Brain Drain and Capacity Building in Africa. Ainalem Tebeje.

A diaspora and its good deeds: by Clyde Sanger

G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting, London -February 4-5, 2005

G7 opens door to full debt relief. February 07, 2005. IAfrica South African News.

Cancel Africa’s debt, Mandela tells G7    G7 meeting likely to focus on Africa

Africa pins hopes on ‘Marshall Plan’    Africa wants debt relief deal from G7

US wants African debt resolved – Brown   Call for ‘Marshall Plan’ for African poverty

G7 Nations Pledge Debt Relief for Africa. Reuters – Feb 5, 2005

G7 Launches Bid to Wipe Out Poor Nations’ Debt. February 06, 2005

Statement of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, London, 4-5 February 2005.

G7 Finance Ministers conclusions on development. February 5, 2005.

Hoping for actions, not just words. Digest of Press Coverage — World Bank Press Review, February 4, 2005

Africa and the G7. The Economist. February 3, 2005.

World Development Report 2005: A Better Investment Climate for Everyone – World Bank.

A Better Investment Climate for Everyone. Development OUTREACH (World Bank). March 2005.

Moving from Analysis to Action on Investment Climate Reform. Online Discussion. January 2005. World Bank Group.

How Investment Climate Assessments Influence Reform. Andrew Stone. World Bank. November 2004

Doing Business in 2005: Removing Obstacles to Growth. World Bank. September 2004. World Bank – Doing Business Website

Governance, Transparency and Private Investment in Africa. James J. Emery. International Finance Corporation. OECD-Africa Investment Roundtable. 19 November 2003

Administrative Barriers to Investment: Reducing Red Tape in Africa. James Emery and Melvin Spence. World Bank, Foreign Investment Advisory Service Occasional Paper No. 14. 2000

Administrative Barriers to Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries. J. Morisset and O. Lumenageso. World Bank Policy Research Paper, 2002.

The Washington Consensus is dead! Long live the meta-narrative! Simon Maxwell. January 2005. Overseas Development Institute (UK).

Redrafting the Reform Agenda. (The “Washington Consensus”) Finance & Development. September 2003: Beyond the Washington Consensus, Jeremy Clift; From Reform Agenda to Damaged Brand Name, John Williamson (author of the term “Washington Consensus”); Latin America: Overcoming Reform Fatigue,Guillermo Ortiz (Governor of Mexico’s central bank); Africa: Finding the Right Path, Trevor A. Manuel (South Africa’s Minister of Finance).

Burying the “Washington Consensus”. Xavier Cano Tamayo. February 26, 2003

The Rush to Regionalism: Sustainable Development and Regional/Bilateral Approaches to Trade and Investment Liberalization. Aaron Cosbey, Simon Tay, Hank Lim. International Institute for Sustainable Development. 2005.

Debt Relief, Sustainable Development and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Sub Sahara Africa. Nguyuru H. I. Lipumba. Nov 04.

Private Capital Flows to Low-income Countries: Perception and Reality / Chapter 2 of the Canadian Development Report 2004. Matthew Martin with Cleo Rose-Innes.

Conflicts May Rob Africa of FDI in Oil Sector. 29 June 2004. This Day (Nigeria). The African region is taking a step up the ladder of priorities for foreign direct investment (FDI) especially in oil sector, but fears are rising that political and ethnic conflict will hinder progress.

African Union pursues stronger public-private sector partnership. 29 June 2004. The first AU-Private Sector Forum concluded on Sunday in Addis Ababa. The declaration emanating from the Forum, which will be presented to AU Heads of State next week at their annual summit, commended the Commission of the Africa Union and the ABR.

Declaration of the African Union-Private Sector Forum. Addis Ababa, 27 June 2004

37% of Africa’s Wealth is Invested Outside the Continent – World Bank Specialist. 24 June 2004. (Daily Trust, Nigeria)

Is Africa’s Skepticism of Foreign Capital Justified? Evidence from East African Firm Survey Data. 10 June 2004. Todd J. Moss, Vijaya Ramachandran and Manju Kedia Shah. Center for Global Development.

Irrational Exuberance or Financial Foresight? The Political Logic of Stock Markets in Africa. Todd Moss. Center for Global Development. In Sam Mensah & Todd Moss (eds.), African Emerging Markets: Contemporary Issues, Volume II, African Capital Markets Forum, Accra, forthcoming 2004.

G8 promises African debt relief. 11 June 2004. BBC News

Building a Better Africa. 9 June 2004. Thabo Mbeki. The Washington Post.

DATA Reacts to G8 Discussion of 100% Debt Relief From International Financial Institutions. DATA. 9 June 2004

U.S. Considers Forgiving Poor Nations’ Debts. 9 June 2004. Paul Blustein and Mike Allen. The Washington Post.

Bush Backs UK Plan For Debt Relief. World Bank Press Review. 8 June 2004.

COMESA Summit calls for African integration. 9 June 2004

United We Stand: The Role of Organized Business in Development. 6 June 2004.Africa Economic Summit participants consider how best to support organized business in influencing the regulatory environment and best practices for public-private partnerships in Africa.

Chissano Urges World to Note Positive Changes in Africa. Participants hear of success stories and action plans on closing day of Africa Economic Summit. 4 June 2004. World Economic Forum.

Why Regional Integration Is Not a Solution to Africa’s Underdevelopment. 4 June 2004.

Tearing down the barriers to foreign investment in Africa. 4 June 2004. Nasreen Seria. Business Day (South Africa). WEF summit ponders why African countries feature near the bottom of the rankings on global competitiveness.

Rating Plan Will Act As Sanction. 04 June 2004. Nasreen Seria. Business Day(South Africa). Business leaders said yesterday that a proposed rating system for African countries would act as a sanction for errant nations. This would force countries to toe the line in the absence of a formalized system under the New Partnership for African Development…

Project funding will ‘snowball’ – Erwin. 3 June 2004. Nasreen Seria. Business Day(South Africa). SA Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin was optimistic yesterday that the private sector’s investment in infrastructure projects in Africa would “snowball” in coming years.

African ‘No’ to Stronger Peer Review. 3 June 2004. Business Day (South Africa). Rob Rose and Nasreen Seria. Call by business to rein in errant governments is dismissed by leaders. African leaders have dismissed calls for the continent’s peer review mechanism to be given additional muscle to censure errant governments.

Africa Competitiveness Report 2004. World Economic Forum.

Press Release: Africa Competitiveness Report 2004 – Identifying Problems and Offering Solutions to Africa’s Economic Performance. Press Release. 2 June 2004. World Economic Forum. Index ranks 25 African nations on competitiveness.

Africa Economic Summit 2004 : Engaging Business in Development. Maputo, Mozambique 2-4 June 2004. Press Releases, Session Summaries, Etc.

What’s Holding Back Africa’s Growth?  World Economic Forum. 03 June 2004

African Leadership for Tomorrow. World Economic Forum. 03 June 2004

Commission for Africa: “No Place to Hide”. 03 June 2004.

WEF Report Says Africa’s Growth Was Worst Economic Tragedy Of 20th Century. World Bank Press Review. 03 June 2004.

Corrupters Should be Punished Too, Says South African Finance Minister: Companies involved in corruption should be “named and shamed”. World Economic Forum. 03 June 2004.

Aspirations Over Africa’s Future: African leaders at Africa Economic Summit 2004 express hopes for continent’s future. World Economic Forum. 03 June 2004.

World Resources 2002-2004: Decisions for the Earth: Balance, voice, and power. World Resources Institute.

African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings 2004 25 – 26 May 2004 Kampala, Uganda

Statement by Omar Kabbaj, President of the ADB Group at the Opening Sessio

ECA Conference of Ministers: 18 – 22 May 2004, Kampala, Uganda – Press Releases, etc.

Sartorial Snag (AGOA – African Growth and Opportunity Act). May 31, 2004. Sebastian Mallaby. The Washington Post.

Privatisation: APN Targets Africans in Diaspora. May 28, 2004.

Botswana: Emerging Capital Markets in Africa Hailed. May 26, 2004. Kabo Mokgoabone.

African Development Report 2004. May 2004. African Development Bank

Press Release: African Economies Register Highest Growth in four Years as World Economy Recovers. 25 May 2004.

African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings 2004 25 – 26 May 2004 Kampala, Uganda

Statement by Omar Kabbaj, President of the ADB Group at the Opening Session

Debt Relief for the Poorest Countries. 25 May 2004. DATA (Debt – AIDS – Trade – Africa). Background on the the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative (HIPC), progress to date and recommendations for the future.

AIDS, MCA and Other Core Accounts. 25 May 2004. DATA (Debt – AIDS – Trade – Africa). A summary of key financing requests from within the President’s Foreign Operations request of $21.3 billion.

Companies ‘Shirking’ their NEPAD Obligations. 24 May 2004. Rob Rose. Business Day (South Africa).

Nigeria: Obasanjo Woos British Investors. May 19, 2004. Franklin Alli.

Addressing Nigeria’s Economic Problems and the Islamist Terrorist Threat. 19 May 2004. Ariel Cohen and Brett D. Schaefer. Heritage Foundation

Governance Redux: The Empirical Challenge. 2004. D. Kaufmann. [Chapter in Global Competitiveness Report 2003-2004, World Economic Forum].

Capital Market and Financial Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. March 2004. Paul V. Applegarth. A Report of the Africa Policy Advisory Panel, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

World Development Report 2005: Improving the Investment Climate for Growth and Poverty Reduction. World Bank. Consultative draft: open for comments May 19 to June 16. Final draft due in September.

ECA Conference of Ministers: 18 – 22 May 2004, Kampala, Uganda – Press Releases, etc.

Africa Needs to Remove Obstacles to Trade, Says Amoako. 18 May 2004. African countries must do more to maximize the benefits of trade for development, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), K.Y. Amoako, said today. Full text of his speech  Issue pape

ECA Conference of Ministers. “Mainstreaming Trade Policy in National Development Strategies”.18 – 22 May 2004, Kampala, Uganda

Ministers to Discuss Trade Policy and Development Agenda in Africa. African ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will meet in Kampala, Uganda, May 21-22, to discuss how best to maximize the contribution of trade to national economic growth and the obstacles to Africa’s participation in global trade.

Economic Report on Africa 2004: Unlocking Africa’s Trade Potential in the Global Economy. UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA)

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics in Europe:”Doha, Monterrey and Johannesburg: Are We On Track?”. Papers & Videos. May 10-11, 2004. Brussels, Belgium.

Development Aid is Melting Away: Wolfensohn. World Bank. May 12, 2004

Go For Local Investment. Editorial. 10 May 2004. The East Afric

Nigerians In Diaspora Critical To FDI. 11 May 2004. Economic experts, private sector leaders and others who converged at  the Pan-African University, Lekki, Lagos, recently, concurred that Nigerians in the diaspora are a critical factor in the federal government’s efforts towards seeking foreign direct investments (FDI) into the country.

Sovereign Credit Ratings for Sub-Saharan Africa. The Bureau of African Affairs, US Department of State.

Statement by Omar Kabbaj, President of the African Development Bank Group at the Francophonie Symposium on Access to International Finance. Paris, France. 07 May 2004.

New MCC Aid Chief says Development Aid to Support Policy Reforms. 07 May 2004

MCC/MCA Documents

Stitched Up: How rich-country protectionism in textiles and clothing trade prevents poverty alleviation. 6 May 2004. Oxfam.

Africa: Deepening Regional Integration. 06 May 2004. Development Policy Management Forum

Growth & Forgiveness Hold Key To Debt Debate. World Bank, May 05, 2004

Debt in Developing Countries: Emerging Challenges. World Bank, May 05, 2004

Bank and Fund Plan Debt Sustainability Framework. World Bank, May 05, 2004

Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative—Statistical Update

Debt Sustainability in Low-Income Countries—Proposal for an Operational Framework and Policy Implications. IMF/World Bank Report. February 3, 2004

How Wall Street can aid the poor of the world. 30 April 2004. Nancy Birdsall and Todd Moss. Center for Global Development

Extending AGOA Called Vital to Africa’s Prosperity. 30 April 2004. Bruce Greenberg

2004 Commitment to Development Index Rankings: Defining Global Leadership. April 28, 2004. Policy Seminar Transcripts. Center for Global Development and FOREIGN POLICY Magazine

Ranking the Rich 2004. Center for Global Development and FOREIGN POLICY Magazine. The second annual CGD/FP Commitment to Development Index ranks 21 rich nations on how their policies—from aid and trade to environment and security—help or hinder progress among the world’s poor countries.

Delivering on Debt Relief: Finishing the Job HIPC Started. 22 April 2004. Roundtable Transcripts. Center for Global Development.

Capital Plus: The Challenge of Development in Development Finance Institutions. 2004. The Aspen Institute



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