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Investors’ Bright Future in Africa

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For decades, risk, or at least the perception of it, has been a major impediment to Africa's efforts to attract foreign investment. But rapid economic growth and a much-improved business environment are changing how investors view the continent. ABIDJAN – For any investor interested in Africa, there is only one place to be this week: Johannesburg. When the three-day Africa Investment Forum opens on November 7, a total of 61 deals with an estimated value of more than billion will be featured in “Boardroom Sessions,” while another billion will be showcased to investors at the “Gallery Walk” marketplace. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Spencer Platt/Getty Images Saudi Kingdom Council/Handout/Anadolu

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For decades, risk, or at least the perception of it, has been a major impediment to Africa's efforts to attract foreign investment. But rapid economic growth and a much-improved business environment are changing how investors view the continent.

ABIDJAN – For any investor interested in Africa, there is only one place to be this week: Johannesburg. When the three-day Africa Investment Forum opens on November 7, a total of 61 deals with an estimated value of more than $40 billion will be featured in “Boardroom Sessions,” while another $28 billion will be showcased to investors at the “Gallery Walk” marketplace.

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