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Continent of Opportunity

Private equity in Africa is now a hot topic. Why is the Continent drawing interest from private capital and talent, and how should this vast region be understood?
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Africa / Sponsored by: EY

Continent of Opportunity

Interviewed by: David Snow

November 1, 2011

After decades of receiving scant attention, the Africa private equity opportunity is now a hot topic. Why is Africa drawing private capital and talent, and how should this vast continent be understood?

Privcap has assembled a panel of African private equity experts – including Hurley Doddy of Emerging Capital Partners, Graham Stokoe of EY, and Runa Alam of Development Partners International – to discuss the opportunities and challenges of a fast-changing continent. This program, “Continent of Opportunity,” is the first of three that will focus on private equity in Africa.

In this discussion, moderated by David Snow, our experts detail the demographics, debt levels and geographic diversity of a vast continent. They describe the difference between the relatively mature South Africa market, the robustness of Nigeria, the Middle-Eastern ties of North Africa, and the growing phenomenon of pan-regional corporations. They also answer questions often voiced about private equity in Africa regarding political risk and corruption.