December 5, 2012
hISTORY ENDS EVERYWHERE:
Africa: Ripe for investment (Hibah Yousuf, December 5, 2012, CNNMoney)
Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2012 6:32 PMOver the past decade, Africa has been the second-fastest growing economy in the world, with GDP accelerating more than 5% a year on average, according to the World Bank.And even as the global economy has slowed in recent months, growth in Africa has largely remained on track, with the World Bank predicting the continent could be on "the brink of an economic takeoff, much like China was 30 years ago, and India 20 years ago."Africa's natural resources are certainly a big driver of the growth, but an even bigger factor is the continent's rising consumer class."The consumer demand in Africa is enormous," said Larry Seruma, managing principal at Nile Capital Management and manager of the Nile Pan Africa Fund (NAFAX), the only U.S. mutual fund to focus exclusively on the continent of Africa.According to McKinsey Global Institute, household consumption is now higher in Africa than in India or Russia, and is only expected to surge further. In fact, the number of African households with discretionary income is expected to jump by more than 50% to almost 130 million by 2020.