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Tech, Health And FMCG Sparking Interest Among Investors In Africa: Amne Seudi

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Female Entrepreneur and Investment Expert Amne Suedi shares how some sectors have more potential to attract FDI in Africa in recent times.

The African continent is slowly transitioning from receiving deficits and grants to being one of the biggest investment opportunities. While all sectors have witnessed reasonable growth – technology, health and FMCG sectors have the greatest potential to attract FDI in Africa in the future.

Amne Seudi, a legal practitioner and lawyer, with over a decade of experience in investment advisory ‘Shikana Group’ shares her insights. She advises foreign investors on the best solutions that are workable and compliant with the African markets they want to enter into, or are already operating in. She started the business as a way to showcase the different sides of Africa and to ensure that investments really do make an impact. Today, Amne helps foreign investors, international organizations, multinational companies, and even SMEs to invest in Africa. Amne is also set to launch a new jewelry and gemstone business ‘Zambarau’ soon.

As an investment expert, Amne has a wealth of knowledge related to the current market trends and potential investment opportunities. She discusses how certain sectors in Africa are sparking particular interest among investors.

Booming Tech Sector In A Digitized Continent

We have all been aware of COVID-19 and its effects on the world. Amidst the pandemic, we have all seen a rise in technology. Amne suggests, especially in the legal area, we’ve seen increasing adoption of technology. Law firms in Nigeria and other parts of the continent were already steering this way, but there has been a full-scale adoption of technology, not only with the firms, but also with the courts.

Africa has already been witnessing a surge in technology-related investments. This has been a burgeoning tech trend in Nigeria, Kenya, Cape Town and across South Africa. Technology is an exciting space that includes many industries – from artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, self-driving technologies, smartphones, the ongoing trend to software-as-a-service (SaaS), the Internet of Things (IoT), streaming media services, automobiles, and more. It’s a sector full of investment opportunities as Africa continues to grow on the path to digitization, shares Amne.

More Investment Opportunities

As Amne works with numerous foreign investors on a daily basis, she has observed that deals around infrastructure also continue to attract investments in Africa. Telecom infrastructure, of course, is the backbone of Africa, but even hard infrastructure, like roads, railways, power and electricity are potential investment gold mines! Renewable energy, solar power and gas remain interesting as much of the world relies on Africa for these. Her company, Shikana Group, is also planning to invest in some African business opportunities and the technology education space.

Two other sectors where Amne would like to see more investment, and she suggests would do well in these COVID times, are health and agriculture. Needless to say, the pandemic has led to a growing need for all kinds of healthcare supplies. Then, of course, there is FMCG. Pandemic or not, FMCG products are a necessity, so Amne thinks investments in the food and agricultural sector continue to remain attractive to global investors.

Are you planning to invest in Africa and enter this continent full of business expansion possibilities? Amne and her team can help you with identifying and executing suitable market entry strategies, business setup and licencing, structuring joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and much more. Click here for more information on how you can invest in Africa.

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Current challenges of Manufacturing in Mexico

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As per the World Trade Organization, Mexico is the 13th biggest exporter of goods and 12th biggest importer of goods globally. A sign of the amazing nature of the manufacturing industry in Mexico is the growth of the industrial labor force that has occurred during 2019. As per the National Institute of Geography and Statistics, the number of Mexicans hired in the industry was 2.5% more than previous years. Economists suggest that the manufacturing in Mexico depends on three major factors:

Manufacturing is diverse

Manufacturing industrial base is broad. Producers of the nation include small companies to big conglomerates such as top-notch pharmaceutical companies, world-class aerospace manufacturers and automotive assemblers and many more.

Also, the manufacturing industry in Mexico supplies domestic input to enhance its products. For instance, Mexico has homegrown cotton to support its textile companies, aluminum supply for its automotive industry usage, polyethylene for its plastic sector and sugar for companies that produce food and beverage products. Irrespective of the fact that use of domestic items is on rise, Mexico still has a long way to go to become self-sufficient and acquire control on its manufacturing processes.

Manufacturing in Mexico uses modern data technology

The launch of new technology is usually a troublesome element in the production sector. The launch of Industry 4.0 into major developed nations has created a lot of challenges for Mexico too.

The Industry 4.0 has made a lot of technologies which can be used in the manufacturing industry such as Internet of Things, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Additive Manufacturing, Augmented Reality and more. Data intelligence is of great importance as it permits producers to get precise information pertaining to almost connection in the manufacturing chain to get operational intelligence.

Kimball Electronics in the Guanajuato region is a great example to enter the dominion of industry 4.0. It produces circuit boards and electronic parts and it has started testing data infrastructure on a real-time basis by using OSIsoft technologies to analyze failures and errors.

Using this tool in the manufacturing in Mexico has saved the company a lot of money and time and paved the way to use it at its other locations worldwide. More and more industries in Mexico are adopting new technologies. This is a major and necessary step for the companies that find it difficult to convert large data flows into essential, comprehensive, real-time information.

Manufacturing makes use of highly skilled human capital

INEGI stated that during April 2019, the value of Mexican exported merchandise was calculated $US 39 billion in products. This suggests the gigantic value of products produced by the expert Mexican labor force.

In order to meet the demand created by the Industry 4.0 technologies, it is essential for the nation to create better links between training, education, industry and government. The strength of this bond will enhance better knowledge and strengthen the growth of new businesses in the nation.

Manufacturing in Mexico is in its development phase. It has benefits of diversity, data technology and human resources to take its economy to another level of development.

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