Closing the gap: A collaborative effort

Luma Associates continues to develop innovative solutions and hands-on measures in bridging the gap between investors and investment opportunities across Africa – particularly sub-Saharan Africa. Based on our experience and backed by comprehensive research as a firm, we have come to conclude investor’s interests in the continent, and available funds for investments far outweigh the availability of investable opportunities. Armed with these findings we continue to seek and deepen ties with industries and sectors chieftains in a collaborative effort to address this gap.

We define investable as an opportunity that does not only promise the returns the continent offers but is also suited to potential investors needs by addressing all necessary requirements. “Collaborative Growth” is an initiative of Luma Associates set up to address this gap. In a highly competitive global investment market we seek to improve on the allocation of foreign investment capital into the continent by employing our experience and knowledge in helping more entrepreneurs and businesses cross this bridge from opportunity to being investable.

At Luma Associates we take pride in our services and dealings with our clients and part of our commitments to their success we align our interests with theirs and structure our compensation as such.

Africa’s path to growth: Sector by sector

Although Africa’s growth prospects are bright, they differ not only country by country but also sector by sector. In these articles, we examine the possibilities for seven of them: agriculture, banking, consumer goods, infra-structure, mining, oil and gas, and telecommunications. Perhaps the most fundamental point is that Africa’s growth story is hardly limited to the extractive industries. As many as 200 million Africans will enter the consumer goods market by 2015.

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Banking and telecommunications are growing rapidly too, and infrastructure expenditures are rising significantly faster in Africa than in the world as a whole. Not that the growth of the extractive industries won’t be impressive. The continent has more than one-quarter of the world’s arable land. Eleven of its countries rank among the top ten sources for at least one major mineral.

Africa will produce 13 percent of global oil by 2015, up from 9 percent in 1998. For many companies, this is a future worth investing in.

To read more: Africa’s Path to Growth Sector by Sector