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2019 Oxford Economics Africa Risk-Reward Index

The 2019 Oxford Economics Risk Reward Index: The position of each country is defined by its risk and reward score; the size of its bubble represents the size of the country’s GDP. The individual scores for each country for risk and reward are shown in the table opposite. Further details on the methodology for calculating each country’s scores are provided in detail in the annex.

Oxford Economics’ annual African investment risk assessment report is a useful companion with the EY Attractiveness report to evaluate foreign investment trends in Africa, albeit not specifically focused on China.

Three Recommendations From This Year’s Risk-Reward Index:

  • Do not get carried away by enthusiastic reform promises by assuming that reform-minded strong-man leaders can push their way through free of any constraints.
  • Have a closer look at the potential opportunities brought by closer intra-African cooperation.
  • Keep an eye on how increasing multi-polar geopolitical competition across the continent is shaping domestic political dynamics and the business landscape.

For some analysis of the report, including commentary on the Chinese role in African FDI, don’t miss Sasha Planting’s column in yesterday’s Daily Maverick newspaper in South Africa: “Africa is open for business” or you can download a full copy of the report after registering on the Oxford Economics website.

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