As the global business climate continues to expand and recover from the recent economic turmoil, one of the fastest-growing regions has been Africa. According to a report published in October 2013 by the World Bank, GDP growth in Africa will continue to rise and pick up to 5.3% in 2014 and 5.5% in 2015. According to a McKinsey Report in 2010, it was noted that the collective GDP of all the African countries was equal to that of Brazil or Russia, and South Africa has the largest economy of the continent.
With this type of growth, African countries are attracting attention from global companies looking for increased business opportunities across many industries and sectors. Organizations are choosing to expand into the diverse African markets, and your team may be one of them. However, with new opportunities come new challenges. As we know, Africa is a very diverse continent, with each country having its own identity, culture, politics, and economic structures. It’s important for global relocation professionals to bear this in mind as they navigate the different immigration processes across Africa and determine what their businesses might expect to encounter when entering this new market.
Our goal, therefore, is to share an overview for Sub-Saharan African immigration, including common approaches and challenges, business travel with generally allowed activities, treaty organizations that may assist the immigration and business visa processes and finally risk mitigation to manage corruption.
With this background, we would like to share the most common characteristics across the continent relating to immigration.