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"Africa's fast-growing urban populations are benefitting from a commodities boom and a 10-fold rise in foreign investment in the past decade, notably from China. Over the same period, Africa's productivity has grown by nearly 3% a year, compared with 2.3% in the US.

Governance is improving (the number of democracies in sub-Saharan Africa leapt from three in 1989 to 23 in 2008); dictatorships and wars are declining (major conflicts have declined from 12 in the mid-1990s to just four today); and mobile phone technology is fast becoming as much an African symbol as the baobab tree. "

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Devenir entrepreneur en Afrique : bonne ou mauvaise idée ? Dynamique Entrepreneuriale Les entreprises ont tendance à investir dans un autre pays ou continent pour de multiples raisons. Si les continents les plus fréquentés auparavant étaient l’Asie et l’Amérique, cela tend à changer depuis quelque temps. L’Afrique est désormais le nouveau terrain de jeu des investisseurs. Ce continent possède des atouts qui ne demandent qu’à être exploités. Les raisons pour lesquelles il faut investir en Afrique L’Afrique présente des avantages entrepreneuriaux. Il offre également des perspectives très intéressantes, ainsi que des conditions très favorables sur le plan juridique.

Dans quel secteur investir ? L’Afrique est un continent très riche, il existe encore de nombreux domaines à exploiter. - L’agriculture et l’élevage : le continent africain est l’un des continents qui possèdent plusieurs plantes et des animaux que de nombreux continents ne possèdent pas et qui peuvent être une bonne affaire. Rentabilité des investissements. Loïc Folloroux : l'Afrique qui entreprend - Paul NGone. Dangote veut booster les start-up africaines.

Afrique : impact des IDE sur la dynamique entrepreneuriale. Par Oasis Kodila Tedika.Un article de Libre Afrique Customers credits David Trainer (CC BY-SA 2.0) La création de nouvelles entreprises a des effets positifs sur la croissance. Elles sont en effet généralement efficaces et elles créent de l’émulation sur le segment du marché où elles s’installent, amenant ainsi à une hausse la productivité, une meilleure qualité, et une baisse des prix. Nous savons aussi que les jeunes entreprises, plus flexibles, contribuent davantage à la création d’emplois que des sociétés plus mûres.

Curieusement en Afrique, ces vérités ne semblent pas faire l’unanimité. Jonathan Munemo (2015) apporte de nouveaux éléments dans le débat sur le rôle de l’investissement direct étranger (IDE) des firmes transnationales ou multinationales dans la dynamique entrepreneuriale. L’effet global de ces firmes sur l’esprit d’entreprise dépend donc du rapport de force entre ces deux effets opposés, mais aussi de l’environnement des affaires. Sources : —Sur le web.

Laissons les entrepreneurs africains entreprendre. Par Mallam Nasir El Rufai. Petite marchande en Côte d’Ivoire (Afrique) (Crédits : Kate Fisher/BBC World Service, licence BY-NC 2.0), via Flickr. L’Afrique est un endroit très rentable pour faire des affaires. Les taux de rendement y sont plus élevés que partout ailleurs dans le monde, mais cela ne se fait pas sans prendre des risques importants. Que pourraient faire les gouvernements pour rassurer les entrepreneurs et leur rendre la vie plus facile ? L’action d’un gouvernement peut être aussi bien propice que fatale. Pour que les entrepreneurs prospèrent, les contrats doivent être protégés. De trop nombreuses régions d’Afrique manquent de sécurité. Le troisième ingrédient est le capital social, ou le capital-confiance dans la société. Les sociétés africaines fonctionnaient jadis de cette manière, mais les séquelles du colonialisme et les erreurs de gouvernance post-indépendance ont émoussé cette confiance au sein de nos sociétés.

Sur le web. Aliko Dangote launches programme to connect African entrepreneurs to potential investors | TechLoy - Breaking technology news and covering startup stories from Africa. Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has partnered with the Duke of York and General Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, to launch the African Entrepreneurship Programme (AEP). The entrepreneurship programme, which will be a joint initiative of pitch@palace and The Global African Investment Summit (TGAIS), is aimed at connecting African entrepreneurs and young businesses, especially those in need of capital and mentorship, to potential investors. Young entrepreneurs and startups from the African Entrepreneurship Programme will showcase their business ideas to potential investors at The Global African Investment Summit taking place later in the year, with the three most talented entrepreneurs picked to present their business proposals at the Duke of York’s pitch@palace event in Central Hall, Westminster, London on December 1st and 2nd 2015.

Nigeria’s former President, General Olusegun said, “Africa is a continent of growth and home to the world’s youngest population. GeoPoll, GES, US State Dept: African Entrepreneurship Survey. In collaboration with GES and the US State Department, mobile surveying company GeoPoll asked 1,000 entrepreneurs across Africa about entrepreneurship in their countries. GeoPoll has a database of 200 million users throughout Africa and Asia. Using this database, 200 entrepreneurs per country in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa were reached. Surveys were sent via SMS the week of July 13th. What African entrepreneurs want. | July 24, 2015, 8:10 a.m.

Image: By BiztechAfrica What African entrepreneurs want On the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, GeoPoll, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and the U.S. State Department have released a survey of 1,000 business owners throughout sub-Saharan Africa on entrepreneurship in their countries. GeoPoll surveyed 200 entrepreneurs per country in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, asking them what resources are most needed to encourage entrepreneurship, what programs they have participated in to improve their businesses, and what are the biggest challenges facing new businesses.

Respondents gave insightful answers on the need for financial resources, better facilities and services, and government support to alleviate the challenges new businesses face. Key findings include: • Social media was found to be the most popular online tool for supporting business growth. Tags. Why SMEs are key to growth in Africa. Those of us who have been in Africa over the past decade have witnessed a region become the world’s most exciting economic frontier, transforming nation states and offering hope to a new generation of accomplished and engaged youth.

By 2035 the number of Africans joining the working age population will exceed that of the rest of the world combined, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Africa grew despite the global recession and it shows no signs of abating. The continent is on course to achieve economic growth of around 4.5% this year, a rate higher than predicted for the mature economies of the world.

Amazingly, this is set against a backdrop of a Eurozone crisis, low growth and stagnant wages in the West and a slowdown in China. Africa’s economic expansion is nothing short of remarkable. This time, the heart of the story is the boom in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Angola is a case in point.

Have you read? Entrepreneuriat : les femmes sont plus dynamiques en Afrique subsaharienne. Les femmes en Afrique subsaharienne ont la plus forte propension à se lancer dans la création d'entreprises. C'est ce qui ressort de l'étude sur l'entrepreneuriat dans le monde en 2014 publiée par The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Graphique extrait du rapport mondial sur l'entrepreneuriat en 2014 réalisé par The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) © Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2014 Global Report Comparaison du dynamisme entrepreneurial des hommes et des femmes par région (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012 Women’s Report) © Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012 Women’s Report.

Salaire minimum en Afrique, dans quels pays paie-t-on le mieux ? - © etrecomptable.com Selon les pays on le nomme salaire minimum interprofessionnel garanti (SMIG), salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance (SMIC) ou Salaire national minimum garanti (SNMG), Il s’agit en fait de la rémunération minimale des salariés fixée par les États. Quels sont les pays d’Afrique francophone qui proposent les salaires minimums les plus élevés ?

Le top 3 des salaires minimums les plus élevés : Maroc, Guinée Équatoriale, Algérie La notion de salaire minimum est un point récurrent de discussion entre les partenaires sociaux dans différents pays. En Afrique francophone notamment, l’organisation administrative s’inspirant fortement du modèle français, le salaire minimum a des incidences dans le calcul des salaires des agents de l’État et dans le calcul des pensions de retraite pour certains pays.

Le Maroc est suivi par la Guinée Équatoriale et l’Algérie qui proposent respectivement des salaires minimums de 128 000 FCFA (195 €) et 112 000 FCFA (171 €). Mays Mouissi. Africa ripe for SME growth. Despite the recent prediction by the World Bank that economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will slow in 2015, the region is still home to one of the fastest-growing middle classes in the world. As a result, there are vast opportunities on the continent for progressive African entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of. Charles Brewer, MD of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), says one sector providing plentiful prospects is the agricultural industry, which is Africa’s largest economic sector representing 15% of the continent’s total GDP and more than $100-billion per year. “It is estimated that more than 60% of the globe’s available and vacant land is situated in SSA(3), which suggests that the sector still offers incredible growth.”

Another industry seeing significant growth is the banking sector, which has grown extensively over the last decade and has become a substantial player in emerging-market banking. African startups show signs of growth. African Internet, software and ecommerce startups are meeting increasing success in obtaining early-stage funding and generating revenue, according to a report from by startup funding initiative VC4Africa. The number of applications for VC funds on VC4Africa has grown by 640 percent in just three years, according to VC4Africa research team leader, Thomas van Hale. “Over 70% of the respondents already generate revenue and 44% is successful in securing external capita, van Hale said by email. “This is a critical economic contribution when taking into account that 43.3% of the Sub-Saharan African population is under the age of 14.

In many ways, the future of the continent will be shaped by the continued success of its entrepreneurs,” Van Hale said. The report breaks down insights across five indicators: employment, performance, investments, investors and ecosystem. Companies in computer software, Internet and e-commerce appear to be grabbing the lion’s share of startup funding. Bravery and a diet of humble pie: Mi-Fone CEO’s 10 tips for African entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Alpesh Patel was born in Uganda after his family relocated from India, but moved to the UK during the Idi Amin regime.

After completing university, he started selling mobile phones to the Chinese and made his first million at the age of just 23. Alpesh Patel He later relocated to South Africa, and eventually ended up working for Motorola in Africa. But in 2008, decided to quit his job to start his own pan-African mobile phone brand, Mi-Fone. The company manufactures low-cost handsets, and within its first five years sold over 1.5m devices across the continent.

Patel is also the CEO of Mi-Group and Oju Africa, which launched the world’s first African emoticons this year. 1. Patel believes an entrepreneurial mindset is something “you either have or you don’t”. “So if you have a vision, and you don’t execute on it, then you are just daydreaming,” he explained, adding that entrepreneurs have to be brave. “A lot of people are scared to go and do their own thing. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Taking the leap: Entrepreneur on why he left Poland to start a business in Nigeria. Marek Zmyslowski, managing director of Jovago – a popular online hotel booking site in Africa – believes some of his biggest successes have been a result of taking chances. And leaving his home country Poland to move to Lagos to start an online company is no exception.

“At that time my knowledge about Nigeria was the so-called Google knowledge. So I knew what Boko Haram was and 419,” says Marek Zmyslowski. It all started when he decided earlier in his career that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. Speaking at a recent TEDxIfe event in Nigeria, he admitted his first attempt was a complete flop. “Whenever an entrepreneur hopes to start an idea, he thinks about solving his own problems. However, despite the failure, he realised he still wanted to be an entrepreneur in the online space. “I remember it clearly like it was yesterday. Fortunately, his pitch caught the attention of a venture capitalist, and within two years they successfully managed to build and exit two online businesses.

30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2014. Applications open for Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme. | Jan. 5, 2015, 8:10 a.m. Image: By BiztechAfrica Applications open for Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme Applications are invited for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, a $100 million programme offering unique mentorship, access to resources, seed capital and support for African entrepreneurs. The year-long programme, run by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, begins with a 12-week training course and also includes web mentoring and access to a global entrepreneurship forum. Described as the largest scale African-funded entrepreneurship programme in Africa, the #TEEP aims to grow an ambitious 10,000 African entrepreneurs and create a million jobs, generating $10 billion in annual revenue across Africa over the next ten years. The applications portal is now open, and entrepreneurs aged 18 and over, who are residents of one of the 54 African countries, may apply.

Tags teep,tonyelumelufoundation Egyptian revival spurs MEA PC market growth. Welcome to Forbes. GES-2014: BMCE Bank Announces Million-dollar African Entrepreneurship Award. Marrakech - BMCE Bank Group CEO, Othman Benjelloun, announced, here Thursday, a one million dollar African Entrepreneurship Award. This award will be established in partnership with internationally-recognized stakeholders, Benjelloun said at a panel held within the framework of the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (November 19-21) under the theme “Harnessing the Power of Technology for Innovation and Entrepreneurship”.

Underlining that this award is a contribution to promote the spirit of partnership in Africa, BMCE Bank Group CEO said it will be granted annually to young African entrepreneurs. “The first prize will be awarded in 2015,” he said, announcing that “the conditions to apply for the award will be posted shortly on the website of BMCE Bank.” A jury of prestigious figures from around the world will decide the winner of the African Entrepreneurship Award, he added.

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