Capital markets key to Africa’s development agenda

At the helm: Botswana Stock Exchange CEO, Thapelo Tsheole, is also the president of the African Securities Exchange Association which works to forge linkages between countries on the continent PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
At the helm: Botswana Stock Exchange CEO, Thapelo Tsheole, is also the president of the African Securities Exchange Association which works to forge linkages between countries on the continent PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The integration of capital markets across Africa is crucial for the continent's economic growth and development.

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a major initiative aimed at promoting trade and economic integration across Africa. The capital market can play a key role in helping to accelerate the efforts of the AfCFTA by providing businesses and entrepreneurs with access to the capital they need to expand their operations and take advantage of the opportunities created by the free trade agreement.

One way the capital market can help accelerate the efforts of the AfCFTA is by providing businesses with access to long-term funding. For example, bonds and shares issued by companies can provide a source of long-term funding for businesses looking to expand into new markets or invest in new projects. This can help businesses take advantage of the increased trade and investment opportunities created by the AfCFTA. Additionally, the capital market can also help to promote cross-border investment within Africa.

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