• Retail

    Western-style shopping malls are increasingly popular in emerging markets. OBG’s retail sector analysis looks at local demand, shopping habits, opportunities for development in smaller cities, consumer spending power and brand awareness.
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Dubai saw steady GDP growth of 3.2% in 2017 and is expected to reach 3.5% in 2018, with an increased drive towards consolidating its position as a knowledge-based economy. The emirate is among the most diversified in the region, thanks to factors such as a highly attractive business environment that has brought in large amounts of foreign investment.

 

What are the main trends you foresee in the consumer markets in West Africa and Africa as a whole?

 

A defining characteristic of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s industrial policy is decentralisation. The new administration is hoping to drive economic growth and employment by encouraging the development of industry in every region of the country.

 

As the economy grew following the discovery of domestic oil in 2007, expectations of increased consumer spending soon followed. Ghana has much to offer retailers: by regional standards, it offers a relatively affluent consumer base in a stable environment; furthermore, the formal retail supply is limited, providing opportunities for growth....

 

The cost and availability of credit is one of the central problems facing Ghana’s industrial sector. Across various segments, a lack of funds and high interest rates have constrained growth for a number of years. However, while many challenges persist, the current administration has made improving the domestic borrowing environment a top...

 

Industry is at the centre of government plans to transform the economy from one reliant on its resource base to one driven by value-added exports. The current administration – which, among other things, is seeking to establish a factory in every one of the country’s more than 200 districts – has discussed moving away from a dependence on cocoa...