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LATEST INVESTMENTS


AEROSPACE FLYARGOLANDSINMOROCCO Poland-based FlyArgo, a gyrocopter manufacturer, is planning to estab- lish a helicopter production facility in Morocco. The state-owned Polish Development Fund will co-finance FlyArgo’s expansion.


AUTOMOTIVEOEM MUREZAOPENSNEWOFFICES South Africa-based Mureza Auto Company, a car manufacturer, announced plans to open two new offices, one in Namibia and another in Zimbabwe. The offices will serve their respective domesticmarkets and are scheduled to open in 2021.


COAL, OILANDGAS ENGIEOPENSINSOUTHAFRICA France-based Engie, a natural gas and electricity company, plans to set up a new, 200-MW gas-fired power station in the Coega Special Economic Zone, South Africa.


COMMUNICATIONS ADCEXPANDSACROSSAFRICA Africa Data Centres (ADC), a data centre operator and a subsidiary of Mauritius-based Econet Global, is to establish datacentres in Kenya, South Africa and Morocco. This comes following a $300m invest- ment fromthe International Development Finance Corporation.


FINANCIALSERVICES BRVMREACHESINTOTOGO Côte d’Ivoire-based Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM),


which operates as a regional stock exchange, has announced plans to open an office in Togo. It will serve the domestic market.


LOGISTICS DPWORLD’S$190MFORLUANDA DP World, a subsidiary of UAE-based logistics specialist Dubai World, plans to operate the multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Luanda, Angola. The company will invest $190m in the project by 2040, with plans to renovate existing infrastruc- ture and acquire new equipment


PHARMACEUTICALS RECIPHARM’S$2.5MINTOISRAEL Sweden-based Recipharm, a pharma- ceutical contract development and manufacturing organisation, has announced plans to expand its facil- ity in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company will invest $2.5m, which will see the implementation of a full GMP chemi- cal unit, including anumber of new R&D laboratories and technologies. The expansion, located in Weizmann Science Park, is scheduled to be completed by quarter four in 2021.


PLASTICS INCOMTAKESTANGIEROPTION Spain-based Ingenieria de Compuestos (InCom), a manufac- turer of composite materials for the production of wind blades, has opened a new factory in Tangier,


Morocco. The company has invested €1.5m in the 3000 sqmfacility, which will supply large companies in the sector.


This investment news and data has been provided by fDi Markets, a crossborder investment tracking service that is part of The Financial Times Ltd’s fDi Intelligence division (www.fdiintelligence.com)


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MEATOPCOUNTRIES FOR GREENFIELDFDI IN BIOTECHBY PROJECTNUMBER (2003–2020)


10 15 20


0 5


Source: fDi Markets February/March 2021 www.fDiIntelligence.com


MEATOPCOUNTRIES FOR GREENFIELD FDI IN BIOTECH BY CAPEX (2003–2020)


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50 0


Source: fDi Markets 83


MiddleEast &Africa


Viewfromthe T


heworld is relyingon vaccines as the


primary solutionto the Covid-19pandemic. According to Gavi, the


Vaccine Alliance, 10 vaccines have been approvedto date,and 65 vaccines arenowundergoing clinical trials. Thus,aglobalvaccinationracehas


beeninflamed, withgovernments competing forvaccinecapacities from different suppliersandplanning comprehensivevaccination campaigns. Interestingly,twoMiddle Easterncountries—theUAE(10)and Israel (8)—were rankedamongthe global top10for efficientCovid-19 treatment,withUAEcommittingto vaccinate50%of its multicultural populationbytheendofMarch2021. However, despite organisations


and programssuch as Gavi and Covaxworking hard to ensure fair distribution of vaccines,many African countries face huge difficulties getting sufficient allocation of Covid-19 vaccines. They are nowhaving worrying “deja vu” of past bitter experiences of international health crises, which they faced without the much-promised support of wealthier nations. Thus, the “vaccine nationalism”


of the rich countries is pushingmany African nations froma pandemic probleminto a complex “vaccine diplomacy” rivalry between foreign powers. By “donating” drugs, vaccines and equipment, these foreignpowers aim for the favour of local governments just to push their geopolitical interests in Africa—a gamemastered by China as a recent incident showcased in Zimbabwe. Having agreed on vaccination as


the solution for the Covid-19, the slogan“We are in this together!” is of elementary importance for all countries. Maybe, just once,we understand that this global challenge is also a real chance to comecloser together, instead of exploiting theweak.■


Mazdak Rafaty is managing partner of Ludwar International Consultancy and SME advisor to the joint Emirati-German Chamber of Commerce. E-mail: m.rafaty@lic-consulting.com


Project number UAE ISRAEL SOUTHAFRICA


SAUDIARABIA OMAN


Capex ($m)


SOUTHAFRICA ISRAEL UAE


SAUDI ARABIA


MOROCCO


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