RMB believes in the African growth story. Over the past decade African economic output has more than tripled; Africa’s share of global fdi flows has been improving year on year; and the continent has seen a rapid rate of urbanisation and a growing consumer class. The ongoing need for sustainable infrastructure and technology, coupled with the need for reliable financial services leads us to believe that Africa today holds the greatest overall investment potential for all frontier markets globally.
Raising capital can, however, be a daunting task in Africa, which is why potential investors need a reliable, on-the-ground financial services partner who understands the unique challenges and regulatory frameworks of doing business in Africa. RMB is that partner and gateway for investors in Africa.
RMB is a proud and leading African corporate and investment bank. As the investment banking arm of the FirstRand Group, we have representative offices and subsidiaries in the UK, India, China and the Middle East and access to a network of retail banks in 25 African countries.
Through FirstRand, our parent company, RMB is a signatory to Nepad (New Partnership for African Development) and we play an active role in the ongoing economic transformation of the continent. From a development perspective, we constitute a critical pool of capital and expertise. Our activities help to build the social, financial and infrastructural foundations of both South Africa and the African continent.
Our deal footprint in Africa encompasses the following countries:
|RMB Offices||RMB Representative Offices||Countries with FirstRand Subsidiaries|
|RMB Offices||Countries with FirstRand Subsidiaries|
|1. South Africa||6. Botswana|
|2. Namibia||7. Lesotho|
|3. Nigeria||8. Mauritius|
|RMB Representative Offices||10. Swaziland|
|4. Angola||11. Tanzania|
|5. Kenya||12. Uganda|
Making the most of Africa as an investment destination requires specialist skills, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. RMB understands the unique challenges of doing business in Africa and has the necessary skills, experience and good relationships to mitigate regulatory risks and challenges on the continent.
Our knowledge of local financing requirements, legal and jurisdictional frameworks, together with the expertise and balance sheet of FirstRand Bank, enable us to service the needs of the rapidly expanding African economy.
Africa is not just one country. It is a vast continent with 54 sovereign states with multiple and often fragmented economies and territories, rules, regulations, stakeholders and markets. Yet, many countries in Africa are facing the same challenges: lack of infrastructure, a need for basic services such as water and telecommunications, financial services, trade finance and distribution networks. We view these challenges as sustainable investment opportunities.
Other compelling reasons to invest in Africa right now are:
At RMB we believe Africa rewards those who invest with a long-term agenda, those who take time to build relationships and those who understand the intricacies of doing business across multiple geographies. Potential investors need a reliable, on-the-ground financial services partner who understands the unique challenges and regulatory frameworks of doing business in Africa. RMB is that partner.
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