Zambia is looking to diversify its economy as it reels from the impact of the drop in commodities prices.
Lekki Free Zone near Lagos looks to offset some of the difficulties of investing in Nigeria by offering a safe, self-contained environment with varying tax and bureaucracy benefits. Chinese interest has been particularly strong so far, but the zone’s authorities are keen to attract investors from all over the world.
One of the most important investors in the Lekki Free Zone is urban land developer Rendeavour, whose policy is to only invest in areas set for future growth. Edward Russell-Walling looks at its reasons for choosing Lekki.
Frustrated by the absence of cap manufacturers in Nigeria, Crown Natures CEO Omolara Aromolaran founded the company to fill a gap in the market. Now she is using her Lekki Free Zone base to take her product to the rest of African and beyond.
Nigeria's oil and gas industry has long been rich in resources but poor on logistics, organisation and infrastructure. However, the new Dangote Industries refinery located in the south-west quarter of Lekki Free Zone, due for completion in 2017, looks set to transform the country's energy landscape.
Will Iran be able to put the ‘free’ in free-trade zones.
For so long cut off from much of the rest of the world, Iran is now back on limits for Western investors. Dr Mohammad Khazaee, vice-minister and president of the organisation for investment, economic and technical assistance of Iran, details what the country has to offer.
Kenya has ambitious plans to grow its economy and is targeting foreign investors for its multibillion-dollar projects.
Laws in the Gulf countries vary regarding what proportion of a company must be locally owned. This means that selecting the right partner for a business is essential in a country such as the UAE, as Natasha Turak discusses.
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