Achieving a single market in Africa

The business leaders at WEF 2019 bemoaned the difficulty in obtaining work permits and visas for Africans across the continent. For businesses to thrive, the continent needs best practices and the best business people to move across country borders with ease. This is particularly true for new and entrepreneurial companies where skills transfer is an imperative. At least 75% of businesses on the continent are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and they employ many of Africa’s citizens. These businesses will benefit from the removal of non-tariff barriers by, for example, being able to more easily access finance for their Pan African expansions.