TOP 10

The top ten now and then

The more things change, the more they stay the same — our top 10 is remarkably similar to last year’s — with one noticeable difference: Côte d’Ivoire re-enters the fold after a 13-year hiatus, squeezing Tunisia out of the top 10.

RMB’s ten most attractive investment destinations in Africa (rank, where 1 = best)


2016 2015
Source: RMB Global Markets

Comparison of most attractive investment destinations in Africa

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2016 rank1 2015 rank Country 2016 Score 2015 Score What has improved?2 What has deteriorated?2
1 1 South Africa 6.27 6.54
2 2 Egypt 6.21 6.23
3 3 Morocco 6.04 6.18
4 4 Ghana 5.71 5.92
5 10 Kenya 5.68 5.43 Operating environment
6 5 Nigeria 5.67 5.89   Economic activity
7 6 Ethiopia 5.63 5.67
8 15 Côte d'Ivoire 5.57 5.15 Operating environment
9 9 Tanzania 5.54 5.49
10 8 Algeria 5.50 5.59
11 7 Tunisia 5.50 5.65
12 11 Rwanda 5.43 5.36
13 13 Botswana 5.42 5.24 Economic activity
15 16 Uganda 5.22 4.89 Operating environment
16 12 Zambia 5.20 5.31 Economic activity
17 22 Senegal 5.01 4.54 Economic activity
18 18 Namibia 4.88 4.83 Operating environment
19 17 Mozambique 4.79 4.85 Operating environment
20 23 Cameroon 4.55 4.50
21 20 Libya 4.54 4.63
22 24 Burkina Faso 4.48 4.26
23 19 Angola 4.46 4.67 Economic activity
24 26 Mali 4.45 4.14
25 21 Gabon 4.28 4.61 Operating environment
26 25 Madagascar 4.23 4.19
27 28 Benin 4.17 3.92
28 27 DRC 4.03 4.12 Economic activity
29 31 Niger 3.92 3.76
30 29 Cabo Verde 3.85 3.77
31 30 Seychelles 3.83 3.76 Operating environment
32 33 Sudan 3.81 3.73
33 35 Malawi 3.79 3.63 Economic activity
Operating environment
34 32 Lesotho 3.68 3.76 Economic activity
Operating environment
35 38 Togo 3.60 3.51 Operating environment
36 40 Swaziland 3.57 3.42 Operating environment
37 39 Guinea 3.56 3.50 Operating environment
38 42 Sierra Leone 3.54 3.33 Economic activity
39 46 Zimbabwe 3.51 3.24
40 41 Djibouti 3.39 3.41
41 45 Liberia 3.37 3.25
42 34 Chad 3.37 3.67 Economic activity
43 37 Mauritania 3.30 3.54 Operating environment Economic activity
44 44 Burundi 3.27 3.26
45 36 Gambia 3.09 3.57
46 47 Sao Tome and Principe 3.09 2.99
47 43 Congo 3.02 3.29
48 49 Eritrea 2.94 2.54 Economic activity
Operating environment
49 52 Guinea-Bissau 2.61 2.34
50 48 CAR 2.61 2.57
51 51 Comoros 2.60 2.49
52 50 South Sudan 2.32 2.54
53 53 Equatorial Guinea 2.21 2.26 Operating environment
  - Somalia3    
  • Note:
  • 1. Green depicts improvement, red depicts deterioration.
  • 2. An improvement or deterioration is based on whether a country’s economic activity and operating environment scores both exceed or fall short of the sample’s standard deviations. A blank cell implies that either one or both of the indicators did not meet the criteria.
  • 3. Somalia lacked sufficient data to be rated.
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