Slide of the month (SOTM) November. The construction industry in Africa

Construction projects on the African continent are not only getting bigger, but more complex in nature. Some of the key drivers are economic growth, urbanization, industrialization, and the growth of the middle class. The transport sector continues to take the biggest share of the total construction projects in the continent, followed by real estate. In a bid to identifying suitable business partners in selected countries in Africa, we recently completed a local research project in the construction industry. This prompted us to do a deep dive and provide a detailed market outlook. After sharing our findings and giving strategic recommendations, we were in a position to prioritize different countries and sectors.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at info@africon.de

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Slide of the month (SOTM) October. The meat & fish sector in Nigeria

Slide of the month (SOTM) September. The soft drinks market in Kenya

Slide of the month (SOTM) August. Steel demand in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) July. The future of Africa’s independent automotive aftermarkets

Slide of the month (SOTM) June. Consumer goods across Africa

 

Amamchukwu Okafor joins africon GmbH as a Business Analyst

With our philosophy of “bridging potentials“ where we consult the management of global companies on their Africa strategy (beginning with their market entry until the local implementation) we are growing our team.

Amamchukwu Okafor joined africon GmbH as a Business Analyst in August 2020. He is based in Nigeria, the largest market in Africa, and a key focus country for many of our clients. Prior to joining africon, Mr. Okafor consulted for a number of local firms and German institutions in Nigeria. He holds a consecutive Master’s degree in Economics and Strategy from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. His interests are in infrastructure, energy markets, logistics and business cycles. Amam is supporting several companies with in-depth local market research, entire market analysis, strategy development, partner identification, sales, and business development among other activities in Nigeria.

For me, it has been a tremendous learning and growth experience with africon. I look forward to more projects”, says Amam.

Read more about the africon team here

Etienne Fliegner joins africon as a Visiting Associate

Etienne Fliegner joined the africon team as a Visiting Associate in September 2020 and is based in Freiburg, Germany. He studied politics and economics in his Bachelor and is completing a Master in European Global Studies. Etienne supports marketing & research work at africon. “Since my experience abroad in Ethiopia, I am very interested in economic and political developments in African countries. I am happy and motivated to join the dynamic team at africon GmbH to deepen my knowledge and learn new skills ,” Etienne says.

He is looking forward to working with the team and has already successfully assisted in the execution of some projects over the last months.

Read more about the africon team here

Slide of the month (SOTM) October. The meat & fish sector in Nigeria

A specific question that emerged in one of our recent projects in the food industry was how the meat sector in Nigeria looks like and whether it was a suitable target industry for our client. africon answered this question through a combination of industry knowledge from our experts on the ground, local research, as well as a comprehensive analysis of trade statistics. Our findings revealed that in Nigeria, most people consume red meat on the day they purchase it from open air market stalls, and only a small fraction is refrigerated. Fish in Nigeria is primarily traded live, fresh, frozen or smoked. However, 90% of the broiler chicken is slaughtered, processed and sold frozen. These findings, among others, helped us to rate various target markets for our client in comparison to each other. It laid the groundwork for africon to identify potential customers and partners for our client, therefore reducing cost, time and risk for them.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at info@africon.de

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Slide of the month (SOTM) September. The soft drinks market in Kenya

Slide of the month (SOTM) August. Steel demand in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) July. The future of Africa’s independent automotive aftermarkets

Slide of the month (SOTM) June. Consumer goods across Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) May. Glass production in Africa

 

Slide of the month (SOTM) September. The soft drinks market in Kenya

The soft drinks market in Kenya comprises of carbonates, water and juices. africon did an analysis for a chemicals manufacturer to understand the industry in depth. One of the key learnings from this project was that Coca Cola dominates this market. Consumers are knowledgeable about the market and there exists a strong brand loyalty. Based on the findings, africon was able to provide an overview on soft drinks manufacturing as an application industry for our client and give strategic recommendations.

If you have any questions or concerns on the soft drinks market in Kenya, you can contact us at info@africon.de

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Slide of the month (SOTM) August. Steel demand in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) July. The future of Africa’s independent automotive aftermarkets

Slide of the month (SOTM) June. Consumer goods across Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) May. Glass production in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) April. The sugar industry in East Africa

 

Slide of the month (SOTM) August. Steel demand in Africa

The demand for steel in Africa has been growing due to various drivers. africon has over the years conducted more than 200 interviews with decision makers and key industry experts from the continent for our clients. Through one recent research for a machinery supplier, we were able to highlight increased government spending, growing investments in electrification projects and urbanization as some of the key drivers of steel demand. We were also able to show the demand per selected country. Through our extensive knowledge and contacts, we are continuing to help reduce cost, risk and time for our clients in the sector.

If you have any questions or concerns on steel demand in Africa, you can contact us at info@africon.de

Read other SOTMs (Slides of the month) here.

Slide of the month (SOTM) July. The future of Africa’s independent automotive aftermarkets

Slide of the month (SOTM) June. Consumer goods across Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) May. Glass production in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) April. The sugar industry in East Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) March. The rope manufacturing industry in Africa

 

Webinar Recap: Challenges and opportunities for the West African economy in the face of COVID-19

africon CEO and Partner Marc-Peter Zander presented at the webinar “Challenges and opportunities for the West African economy in the face of COVID-19” organised by the BVMW. Further presentations were held by Andreas Jahn, Head of Politics and Foreign Trade at the BVMW and Bienvenue Angui, Managing Director of the Africa SME Alliance.

Key topics revolved around how West African countries deal with the current pandemic, as well as a look at existing and emerging business opportunities.

As key take-aways, it is clear that West Africa faces a difficult situation with disrupted supply chains and GDP decreases. However, governments have taken initiatives to support businesses. In Nigeria the oil dependency displays a huge challenge, but the economy starts to diversify more which will create opportunities in other sectors.

See more of our webinars that we  speak at or organise in our news section .

Slide of the month (SOTM) July. The future of Africa’s independent automotive aftermarkets

africon recently presented at Messe Frankfurt Middle East: Automechanika Dubai’s webinar titled “Africa’s independent aftermarket (IAM) – a look at the current situation and future potential”.

In a webinar poll, they asked the 237 attendees from 65 countries if the African automotive aftermarkets will play an important role for their business in a post-COVID future. In total, more than 70% of the participants “strongly agreed” or “agreed”. The poll results show that there is indeed a significant interest in Africa. africon strongly believes in the African continent and with our role of bridging potentials, we are continuing to help reduce cost, risk and time for IAM companies.

The webinar is currently available on-demand for people to watch.

If you have any questions. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Read other SOTMs (Slides of the month) here.

Slide of the month (SOTM) June. Consumer goods across Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) May. Glass production in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) April. The sugar industry in East Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) March. The rope manufacturing industry in Africa

Slide of the month (SOTM) February. Obtaining finance in Côte d’Ivoire

 

 

africon is the knowledge partner for the African markets for Automechanika Dubai 2020

africon is proud to have been selected as a knowledge partner for the African markets by Automechanika Dubai 2020. The trade show is the platform of the automotive aftermarket for Africa, bringing together firms and industry stakeholders from around the world.

We are looking forward to a number of speaking opportunities on and before the fair, as well as to providing insights about the African automotive aftermarkets to the team of Automechanika in Dubai. This year, it will take place from October 19 – 21. If you have not yet registered for the fair, or if you are interested to attend, you can find further information here.

Webinar: Focus on Africa- A look at business opportunities, growing markets and how to find the right talent

We would like to invite you a webinar Focus on Africa: A Look at Business Opportunities, Growing Markets and How to Find the Right Talent happening on 30th  July, 2020 at 14:00 CET (13:00 Nigerian time).

Speakers

Christian Tegethoff, Managing Director, CT Executive Search will be presenting on executive search in Africa.

  • Africa: a diverse continent with distinct labour markets.
  • Expat or local: How do European companies fill their executive roles?
  • Executive search in and for Africa.
  • Current development on selected HR markets.

Marc Zander, Managing Partner and CEO africon GmbH will be presenting on business opportunities for foreign companies in Africa.

  • Africa’s growth markets and sectors.
  • Doing business in Africa

The webinar will be free to attend.

If you would like to participate please register here

For more details contact jean.wandimi@africon.de