This paper outlines a new tool for policymakers to deploy to encourage private-sector development in developing nations. Specifically it argues that in fragile states there are systemic failures that cause an intermediation gap between sources of capital and entrepreneurs seeking investment. This gap prevents investment by raising transaction costs and exacerbating information asymmetry.
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Africa is becoming an ever increasingly attractive market for investors. This is most notable in the realm of new discoveries in the oil, gas and minerals sectors where 48 out of 54 African countries are currently engaged in prospecting activity. The phenomenal demand in China for African commodities, minerals and energy has driven significant Chinese investment activity across the continent, which takes many forms and presents significant challenges to competitors seeking to secure advantage. As a result of this tide of interest, the Africa and Asia Global Risk Investigations Practice (GRIP) at FTI Consulting has developed an analysis of Chinese engagement in Africa. Given the difficulties inherent in competing in this environment, understanding China’s engagement strategy, its successes and its failures, is critical to developing an overarching strategy aimed at enhancing a company’s competitive edge.
This year’s Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) was headlined “Prospects for the Global Economy: Time for Decisive Action”. President Vladimir Putin – now in his thirteenth year as the country’s leader – made a stimulus plan the centrepiece of his annual speech at the event. With slowing economic growth a primary concern, this year’s agenda focused on boosting economic activity and once more emerging from the global financial crisis. Despite the ambitious stimulus plan, the Russian government sent some conflicting signals to the business community. This article by FTI Consulting discusses what these signals might mean for the Russian economy and foreign investors.
This report marks the second issue in BerchWood Partners’ 2013 series of private equity market surveys, which are intended as a vehicle to share Berchwood's views and insights with colleagues in the private equity community about specific regions and sectors considered particularly noteworthy. This issue highlights the fundamental shifts in the global energy landscape, such as the unprecedented shale gas revolution, which are creating massive investment opportunities in the near and longer term. These in turn are causing huge ripple effects down the value chain and into adjacent markets across the globe. For private equity, this does indeed represent the opportunity of the century—which is good news for investors and the broader economy.
The MENA Private Equity Association's 2012 annual report highlights the trends of the private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) industry in 2012, throughout the MENA region. The report analysis was developed in collaboration with KPMG and Zawya.
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