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Providing capital solutions to high-impact small businesses in African emerging markets.
FTF Africa is a division of FTF Investments focused on providing capital to high-impact small businesses in emerging African markets. Africa is a rapidly growing market with explosive population growth and rising income levels. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it is expected that by 2035 Africans will be the primary source of new entrants to the workforce worldwide. Currently small and medium sized businesses employ approximately 80% of Africa's workforce. Home to the world's largest free trade area, Africa is positioned for an extraordinary opportunity for growth.
The opportunity for public-private partnerships, high-impact investments, and availability of de-risking tools make it an attractive and exciting market to explore.
We leverage our relationships with experienced sponsors to invest in sectors we believe can have a significant, disruptive impact to achieve economic and social change and yield a favorable return for investors.
Financial inclusion has been a focal point of the public and private sector for decades. There has been significant progress, as 80% of the population now utilizes banking systems. However, everyday use of these financial services is still limited. The advancement of digital technologies has helped significantly, beginning to disrupt more antiquated business practices and allow for the convergence of previously disconnected sectors. There is still a gap between what is available and large-scale adoption, leaving much opportunity for investment toward this cause and future related innovations.
Providing employment for about two-thirds of the continent's working population and contributing 30-60% of the GDP of each country, agriculture is the single most important economic activity in Africa. However, only 6% of the continent's total land area is occupied by crops due to inefficiencies in land ownership structure and systematic integration of related industries and technology.
With a rapidly growing middle class, the correlated expansion of consumer markets, and the birth of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), which covers a market of 1.2 billion people and a combined GDP of $3 trillion, there is great demand for high quality logistics infrastructure on the horizon.
With enormous population and economic growth on the horizon, it is predicted that Africa will be home to at least six of the world's megacities by 2030, according to the United Nations. Despite obstacles typical to emerging markets, this level of urbanization makes specific African cities unique and attractive for real estate investment in the coming years. Even now, the demand for affordable housing is far exceeding supply with the deficit increasing every year.
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