Sub-Saharan Africa Business Environment Report (SABER), 2012-2013

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This report , written by UF-CIBER–affiliated faculty Dr. Anita Spring and Dr. Robert Rolfe of the University of South Carolina, provides a comprehensive examination of Sub-Saharan Africa business conditions. It tracks social, political, and economic trends both for the entire region and its largest markets individually.

Appendix A: Statistical Data Indicators
  • Table 1: GDP of 20 Largest SSA Economies (in billions of US$, current prices)
  • Table 2: GDP Growth 2000 to 2015 (% Change from Previous Year)
  • Table 3: GDP (% Value Added by Economic Sector), 2011
  • Table 4: Agricultural Land Area, Economically Active, Agriculture Value/Worker, Cereal Yield, Food & Crop Production, and Livestock Indices
  • Table 5: Value of External Debt (% of Exports of Goods, Services and Income)
  • Table 6: FDI, External Debt, Main Export Destinations, Exports, Trade Balance, 2011
  • Table 7: Total Value of Imports & Exports with US and China from SABER Countries, 2012
  • Table 8: Main Commodity Imports from China to SABER Countries, 2012
  • Table 8a: Main Exports from SABER Countries to US and China
  • Table 8b: Main Commodity Imports from US to SABER Countries
  • Table 8c: Commodity Imports from China to SABER Countries, 2012
  • Table 9: Annual Inflation (Percent Change in Average Consumer Prices)
  • Table 10: Currency, Exchange Rate Regime, Exchange Rates, and Total Reserves
  • Table 11: Freedom Indices, Current Government, and Political Parties (2012)
  • Table 12: Legal Environment: Political Stability, Corruption, and Economic Freedom
  • Table 13: Social Environment: Population, Population Growth & Below Poverty Line, Literacy, Schooling, GNI & GDP Per Capita, Income Inequality and Human Development Index
  • Table 14: Gender Gap Index (GGI) and Sub-Indices. Selected Gender Indicators, 2012
  • Table 15: Maternal Mortality, Fertility, Health Expenditures, Life Expectancy, and HIV/AIDS
  • Table 16: Telecommunications, Cellular Subscribers and Internet Users
  • Table 17: World Bank Doing Business Rankings Composite and Sub-Index, 2011 - 2012
  • Table 18: World Bank Selected Doing Business Indicators (of 185 Countries), 2011- 2012
  • Table 19: Stock Exchanges: Levels of Capitalization, Websites, and Exchange Symbols

Business Environment Evaluation

Source: SABER 2012-2013
1. ↑ (up, increasing), ↔ (same or mixed results), ↓ (down or problematic)
2. + means Exports>Imports; − means Imports>Exports

The following six topics are considered: (1) Political Stability; (2) Economic Growth and Trade; (3) Foreign Direct Investment (FDI); (4) Infrastructure and Telecommunications; (5) Business Climate, Stock Exchanges, and Microfinance; and (6) Health Aspects. SABER's Appendix A provide quantitative and qualitative tables on FDI and trade, political and legal aspects, ease of doing business rankings, and social, gender, and health variables. These data help in describing and estimating the implications of business deals and FDI, imports and exports, business enablers and constraints, and financial markets and growth. The information and analysis will be useful to readers doing or contemplating business endeavors, as well as those researching the business environment of a country or sub-region. The main markers are gleaned from the world's databases and constructed by SABER to provide economic, political, social, gender, and health indicators, and business and governance rankings at a glance.

The report's print and electronic versions aim to assist businesspeople, policy makers, researchers, educators, and students in understanding the SSA business environment.


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