Accelerating foreign direct investment flow to Africa: from policy statements to successful strategies

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Abstract

Purpose – The growing investment gap and the declining foreign aid in recent years have compelled many African countries to turn to foreign direct investment (FDI) as a means to avoid development financing constraints. This article seeks to examine the performance of FDI flow to various regions and countries in Africa and the implication(s) on FDI of the recently launched new partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) programs. Design/methodology/approach – Explores strategies for accelerating the flow of FDI to Africa, especially the implications of NEPAD programs. Findings – Africa's FDI inflows are highly uneven both between regions and between countries depending on economic and political environment. In addition, if implemented successfully, NEPAD programs would help spur the flow of FDI to Africa. Originality/value – Besides the socio-economic policy recommendations, suggests marketing strategies to help increase the flow of FDI to Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-593
Number of pages17
JournalManagerial Finance
Volume32
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul. 2006

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Direct investment
  • Foreign relations
  • Marketing strategy

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