Egypt maintained its top spot with an improved business sector, showcased in its placement as 8th in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings,
South African financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) annual “Where to invest in Africa” report positions Egypt as the continent’s top investment destination, highlighting is as the first to bounce back during the pandemic.
According to RMB Africa economist Daniel Kavishe, a new world called for a new approach to the publication. Where previous reports positively projected Africa’s prospects – discerned through reliable and readily available data – COVID-19 muddied the analytical waters and compelled the team to adapt their methodology.
“We created a new set of rankings that incorporated some of the unavoidable COVID-19-induced challenges, of which the operating environment score was one,” he explained.
Egypt maintained its top spot with an improved business sector, showcased in its placement as 8th in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings, facilitated through government programs like the white cab initiative which subsidies the financing of new taxis to reduce CO2 emissions.
Egypt also ranked 4th among the top 10 countries showing resilience with an index of 88.7 in The Economist’s “Normalcy Index” in July.
Following Egypt on the list was Morocco, explaining that the country continues to benefit from political stability with an expected growth rate of 4% over the medium term. The bank highlighted the establishment of a special fund to combat COVID-19 that represented 2.7% of its GDP.
“Aspects like simplifying the process of registering a business, improving electronic submissions and processing of export documents, as well as increasing the efficiency of the customs service have helped Morocco move into second place,” the report noted.
South Africa placed 3rd, which “offers a strong manufacturing and retail base that will continue to support southern African regional economies with goods and services”.
“Although the pandemic brought much devastation, it also enabled opportunities for reimagining policies and trade relationships. Increasingly clear now is that home-grown strategies to tackle poverty, inequality and unemployment across Africa must be implemented. If not, all of Africa suffers,” Kavishe stated, adding that capital will flow naturally to economies offering a good mix of opportunity and ease of doing business.
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